On Cultural Relativism

Walter Williams on Western culture and cultural relativism:

Intellectual elites argue that different cultures and their values are morally equivalent. That’s ludicrous. Western culture and values are superior to all others. I have a few questions for those who’d claim that such a statement is untrue or smacks of racism and Eurocentrism. Is forcible female genital mutilation, as practiced in nearly 30 sub-Saharan African and Middle Eastern countries, a morally equivalent cultural value? Slavery is practiced in Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and Sudan; is it morally equivalent? In most of the Middle East, there are numerous limitations placed on women, such as prohibitions on driving, employment and education. Under Islamic law, in some countries, female adulterers face death by stoning. Thieves face the punishment of having their hands severed. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by death in some countries. Are these cultural values morally equivalent, superior or inferior to Western values?

Cultural relativists are quick to say that as Westerners we have no right to judge other cultural values. After all, to relativists, post-modernists, and other cultural marxists, there are no objective truths and if there are no objective truths then there are no universal ethics; that is, no standard by which to judge our own behavior. Without universal ethics, people are free to create their own ethics and morality. Williams clearly shows this viewpoint is ludicrous.

Much of the Muslim world is at war with Western civilization. Islamists’ use multiculturalism as a foot in the door to attack Western and Christian values from the inside. Much of that attack has its roots on college campuses among the intellectual elite who indoctrinate our youth. Multiculturalism has not yet done the damage in the U.S. that it has in Western European countries — such as England, France and Germany — but it’s on its way.

Even a cursory glance at the madness happening on American college campuses show that this fight is already here.

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