The dual threats of our time are Leftists following marxist-progressive totalitarianism and Jihadis following the tenets of Islam. What common thread might there be in our current inability to collectively recognize and challenge these threats?
Our society has been coaxed, pushed and deceived by our schools, media, and certain intellectuals to be nice, to be endlessly neutral and at an extreme to give credence beyond reason to the ‘other’ side, to be politically correct. We also may be asked to atone for some past error of thought or action. In order to become morally neutral and avoid conscious discrimination, we are asked to be totally indiscriminate; to avoid a value judgment we are asked to be valueless. We are asked to accept other ideas and cultures in the name of diversity and multiculturalism, however to do so may compromise our own beliefs, however firm or frail their condition.
I charge that those who choose (and ask the rest of us to choose) to be morally “neutral” are really choosing to be morally relative, a moral quagmire in which good could be considered bad, and bad could be considered good. And when you choose moral relativism and good equals bad, then you deny any basis for morality – for a standard of good and evil, better or worse or even good and less good. Everything is merely a point of view. Fellow travelers are encouraged to respond “Gosh, who am I to say what is right or wrong?”
The Left’s moral compass is fickle and feckless or non-existent; truth might in some instances be dismissed as inconvenient, strength as weakness, clarity as bigoted. Those who have no objective, measureable standards, who reject norms of behavior, who deny morals we usually call sociopaths, but now include Leftists. Sociopaths want no controls on themselves, leftist only want controls on others; there is but a subtle difference.
In Islam, Mohammed’s evil deeds and words are used as a standard of behavior, as a moral compass. Islam does not promote right and wrong, only that which is allowed and that which is forbidden. Islam’s standard is Mohammed whose allowed list includes misogyny, pedophilia, rape, theft, deception, enslavement, subjugation, terror, murder and genocide, and whose disallowed list includes befriending non-believers, innovation and mirth.
We as a nation and a culture must be able to embrace and defend our own core values, primarialy those rooted in Judeo-Christian traditions. We had better be willing to argue for intrinsic good and act on behalf of good or the Leftist and the Islamists will see to it that their points of view are victorious. This is an ideological battle, a trifecta of ideological battles and their associated core values and standards of measure, whether virtuous or unworthy. However, if we stoop to measure the mediocrity of the Left or the evil of Islam, we miss the opportunity to make the more comprehensive choice to reject their ideology, their view point in toto. Is there really any point to arguing the minutia of whether beating your wife a little or a lot is the ‘better’ choice?
Read: “Applied Moral Relativism” by DL Adams, http://ahollowreveille.com/?p=556
View: “How Modern Liberals Think” by Evan Sayet, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c