Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Morality Discussions

Orthoprax and others have been discussing whether morality is objective or subjective... I weighed in on the issue in the comment section, but this article about the polygamists brought the topic back to my mind:

In the wide-ranging interview, Rodriguez asked, “After all this, can you see why society looks upon you and says, ‘A girl who's younger than 18 shouldn't be married and having sex?’ Has this forced you to reconsider?”

I am not even sure what she is saying. Many states allow marriages between parties younger than 18, as long as there is parental consent. Or is her point that marriage between the older men, in their 30's, for example, and the 18 year old girls is wrong? Because, frankly, up until 80 years ago or so, it was fairly normal for older men to marry young women.


Blogger dbs said...

I don't get what she's saying either. If nothing else, it points out how context driven people are. From my perspective,the moral issue isn't the practice of multiple marrage or even the age or the girls. It is the practice of a closed society in which the children are irrevocably committed to a lifestyle which they have not had the opportunity to freely choose.

Honestly, I don't see this as all that different from marrying off frum kids at 18-221 years old and preassuring them to have kids right away.

April 23, 2008 8:41 AM  

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