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At times, our societal standards just make no sense at all

To The Daily Sun,

There is some contradictions in our societal structure that make no sense to me when we talk about what is morally acceptable. Television is strictly censored, but what is really allowed, and what is not allowed?

Let's face the facts. You'll never see a naked baby or a women's breast on television. Why? Why is it censored? Is it obscene, immoral or impure? Neither of these answers are appropriate. Do we, as a society cling to our Puritan past? Do we come down on what is natural and innocent, yet allow hours of brutality, murder and crime to fill the screen, hour after hour.

Our past President George W. Bush considers torture a necessary part of warfare. We may agree with him or not. This is a moral issue and deserves condemnation. But how many speak out against its use? Isn't this where obscenity and immorality are more accurately defined? We have killed over a half-million Iraqis in an undeclared war. Does this horrendous act constitute outright condemnation, or is a women's exposed body more of an assault on our personal values.

Pornography is a huge business in this country. Do certain norms prevented us from expressing natural life in all its beauty and wonder because we hold on to false ideas letting serious crimes invade our daily lives and become acceptable? At times societal standards make no sense whatsoever. To be frank, we must learn to recognize what is dangerous and what is not. Maturity is a valuable asset in making moral decisions.

Leon R. Albushies

Gilford

 
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