Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Results of Relativism

Many progressives truncate analysis through a relativism that rates all cultures and values as morally equal. So would they support the recent pronouncement by the top religious figure in Saudi Arabia?:
Ten-year-old girls are ready for marriage, according to Saudi Arabia's most senior cleric.

Sheikh Abdul-Aziz Al Sheikh, the country's grand mufti, told Al Hayat newspaper that those saying ten or 12-year-old girls are too young to marry are being 'unfair' to them. . .

Responding to a question about parents who force their underage daughters to marry, the mufti said: 'We hear a lot about the marriage of underage girls in the media, and we should know that Islamic law has not brought injustice to women.'

The mufti said a good upbringing will make a girl capable of carrying out her duties as a wife and that those who say women should not marry before the age of 25 are following a 'bad path'.

'Our mothers and before them, our grandmothers, married when they were barely 12,' said Al Sheikh, according to the Al-Hayat newspaper.
The point is this: without a framework based on judgment, it's impossible to distinguish civilized behavior from moral atrocities. In truth, liberals know it--they often accuse conservatives of immorality. But relativism is too convenient a trope for justifying isolationist inaction. . .

(via Right Wing News)

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