To understand what prompted this article, watch this video:
Jimmy Kimmel, currently the most ardent user of the “think-about-the-children!” argument, needs to stop. The type of emotionalism and sophistry do not make an argument sound, and it does not make you a person of higher morals. In fact, there isn’t a moral assertion in this type of reasoning other than the following:
“The lives of children, specifically the children that I am discussing, are more important than your life, property, or any other comparable moral.”
This type of reasoning is an arbitrary assertion, a baseless moral whim created to better someone’s personal status rather than a rational conclusion of objective morality. This kind of wordplay does nothing to make you “more right” than someone else, it politicizes children, making them a tool of government policy. It denies them recognition of individuality, and instead seeks to materialize them as a means to some political end.
Furthermore, children can be used to claim any action moral. For example, presupposing that doing something “for the children” is the highest objective moral good one could argue, someone robbing a gas station could simply say the money they are stealing is going to children, and the clerk would have to concede morality to the robber. But even if the money went to children, does that justify pointing a gun in someone’s face and stealing property? Is one really allowed to claim theft, coercion, and extortion is justified in order to attain some moral end that they believe is justified?
During times of obsessive politicization, people should refrain from using children as a tool for political action. Children are not vices against humanity nor an objective claim to morality.
Be better, Jimmy Kimmel.