Can or Should Juveniles Be Tried as Adults?
Many believe that treating the young felons as adults is the only way to protect the community. The incarceration of some juveniles as adults is necessary to make them understand what they did (Shorttrain). Young violent criminal should be incarcerated to protect the public safety and the justice system should provide these young criminals with the appropriate punishments (Backtrom).
Others believe that treating the young adult felons as adults is unfair. Teenage offenders are not as fully developed or mature as adults (Young). This is obvious doe to psychological research. Young felons lack the cognitive and emotional maturity of an adult, meaning that they are not able to think rationally or clearly when they are faced with hard decisions (McCormick).
Embryonic Stem Cell Research (ESCR)
Anything that causes controversy nearly always raises the question of people’s morals. There are some people who think that ESCR is morally unacceptable, and there are some who think it is acceptable.
Some people think that because ESCR is morally unacceptable that science should use other methods to obtain the same benefits. For example, scientists use aborted embryo-cells to heal people who have damaged organs (Saltzman). It is intolerable for people to use living things such as embryos, just to benefit their own life. An embryo is life, not just some object used for research. There are alternative ways to get the same benefits that stem cells will provide. One way is to convert skin cells to an earlier form, then grow them to make hearts and other organs (Saltzman).
There are also those who believe that ESCR is morally acceptable. When embryos have less than sixty-four cells, the cells can learn new abilities (Singer). This is why scientists use these cells, because they could possibly cure many diseases. An embryo does not have a brain; therefore it is not a human yet. It cannot be conscious and cannot feel pain. An embryo is just a clump of cells, which is why ESCR is acceptable morally; an embryo has not developed a nervous system yet, so it cannot suffer (Singer).
Religious Controversies of Homosexuality
The religious community is deliberating on whether or not the Holy Bible justifies homosexuality, and if it should be accepted in the church. Although homosexuality is not a big topic in the Bible, it is mentioned occasionally. In Leviticus 10:7-16, the Lord laid down a law of what would be the punishment of sins. One of the laws state, “If a man also lie with makind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death” (King James Version). The Bible makes it clear that homosexuality is wrong and has no means of being accepted.
The Bible mentions many sinful acts, including idolizing, committing adultery, envying, being greedy, and many more. It is clearly easy to sin. Romans 8:33-34 states that God is the only one who is justified to charge man with sins. It is not man’s position to judge another person. Though someone may sin, Mark 12:31 says, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” Jesus said that this is one of the greatest commandments. If God will forgive other sins, he will also forgive homosexuality.