When Stephen Anderson, a Canadian high school teacher, showed his ethics students a picture of an Afghan teenager whose nose and ears had been chopped off because she had attempted to escape abuse by a Taliban fighter she had been forced to marry, he expected anger and disgust. Instead, he heard “We may not like it, but over there it’s ok.” And “it’s just wrong to judge other cultures.”
Anderson called this “his moment of startling clarity.” I know the feeling. I once heard a Christian college student argue that white supremacy would be morally acceptable if one were raised that way.
That’s where relativism leaves an educational process that tries to create good citizens while being morally neutral. As Anderson says, “we are trying to create character without reference to moral norms” to a generation whose only principle is “don’t judge.”
We may want empathy and tolerance. What we’re getting is an apathy that tolerates anything, even evil. For thePointRadio.org, I’m John Stonestreet.