Tuesday, March 1, 2005

Politics: Supreme Court Ends Death Penalty for Juveniles

"The age of 18 is the point where society draws the line for many purposes between childhood and adulthood. It is, we conclude, the age at which the line for death eligibility ought to rest," Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion."
While I'm certainly glad to see any defeats for the death penalty, I think the very arbitrary nature of the age of 18 says a lot about its morality. While I think it's perfectly reasonable for our society to set an arbitrary point for the beginning of life, somehow I find setting a designated time at which the state can choose to terminate a life rather distressing.

1 comment:

michael said...

the very arbitrary nature of morality says a lot about morality.