Monday, December 03, 2007

Immaturity of teenagers

I will not be continuing my Creationism posts today. I do plan to return to them soon.

Then, I plan to answer the response about Iraq. I am sorry for the change in plans. Plans, in reality, often are altered for one reason or another. “The best laid plans … often go astray.” Thank you for your understanding and patience.

How many unborn toddlers were murdered today because of the humanistic, paganish, barbaric decisions of the United States Supreme Court?

Stop the
Murder of

“Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.” James 4: 17 (NIV)

The following is the front page headline in the Peoria Journal Star on December 3, 2007. “‘Young minds, adult crimes.’ The sub headline declares “Experts see teen brains struggling with violent impulses, understanding consequences of their actions—A Special Report.” The article is long so I’m not going to quote it all but I am quoting everything on the front page.

“New York—The teenage brain, Laurence Steinberg says, is like a car with a good accelerator but a weak break. With powerful impulses under poor control, the likely result is a crash.

And, perhaps, a crime.

Steinberg, a Temple University psychology professor, helped draft an American psychological Association brief for a 2005 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed the death penalty for crimes committed before age 18.

That ruling relies on the most recent research on the adolescent brain, which indicates the juvenile brain is still maturing in the teen years and reasoning and judgment are developing well into the early to mid 20s. It is often cited as state lawmakers consider scaling back punitive juvenile justice laws passed during the 1990s.

‘As any parent knows,’ wrote Justice Anthony Kennedy for the 5-4 majority, youths are more likely to show ‘a lack of maturity and an underdeveloped sense of responsibility’ than adults. “These qualities often result in impetuous and ill-considered actions and decisions.’

He also noted that ‘juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure,’ causing them to have less control over their environment.’”

My one word response to this earth shattering study that is front page news is “DUH.” It didn’t take a study to state the obvious in a general sense which is all the study does. As Justice Kennedy is quoted as saying “any parent knows” that. Any teacher who has taught high school also knows that. Anyone who thinks should know that.

Of course, the question then becomes why have we as a society tried to lessen the influence of parental control over our children? Why have we turned our back on discipline and said “the child should decide what is right or wrong for him/herself? Why have some groups like the ACLU demanded all the rights of adults for minors with none of the corresponding responsibilities?

If I had teenage children, my policy would be: “show me your responsibility and then I’ll grant more rights.” As a society we are trying to reverse that sensible approach to the nonsensical—you have all the rights of an adult but none of the responsibilities. Then, we wonder why, once they become an adult, they don’t automatically assume the responsibilities of an adult. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

Why do TV programs and movies continually emphasize violence and immoral sexual activities and yet the perpetuators of such programming declare that such programs have no influence on teenagers and minors? Why are our schools, led by such groups as Planned Murderhood, emphasizing personal choice when it comes to sexual activity? Why are they declaring they—teenagers and younger—will be sexually active anyway so we must allow them to do so while teaching them to “practice save sex?” Why are we providing over the counter abortion pills to teenagers and through them making such pills available to minors? Just as eighteen-year-olds share cigarettes with minors, you can rest assured that they are also sharing abortion pills with minors. Why did the doctors of the American Academy of Pediatrics advocate that their members “should help ensure that all teens—not just those who are sexually active—have access to birth control, including emergency contraception.”? (Peoria Journal Star, July 5, 2005, page A5)

And why did the same Supreme Court, that outlawed the death penalty for minors because they lacked maturity, also rule that minors as young as eleven-year-olds had a legal “right” to murder their unborn baby without parental involvement? Every member of the Supreme Court who did and does support the murder of unborn babies should be impeached and convicted for violating their oath of office to uphold the Constitution of the United States. It seems that even Justices can lack mature judgment—making murderers out mothers as young as eleven!!!


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