Religion

Fun With Moral Relativism

Memo to Freedom's High Horse: TIME FOR A DISMOUNT.

Right now, current events have led most people to declare their love of freedom of expression over religious dogmatism and fundamentalism. Well, except for Bryan Fischer and William Donahue, who have held firmly to their principles and decided those French religion-mockers got what was coming to them.

And that's good. It's a noble position to take, and a good cause to support. We should oppose any ideology that attempts to convert others to its way of life through threats or torture. Which, by the way, appears to include the ideology of the Cleveland county correctional system, or at least certain members of it.

At least, that's the allegations of a 24-year-old Ohio Muslim woman, Sakeena Majeed, who, while in the custody of the Cuyahoga County correctional institution, was threatened with solitary confinement if she refused to attend weekly Christian church services.

This is probably the result of horrible people not doing their jobs correctly, which makes it even worse. If it were official prison policy, it could be exposed and fought at a high level and in a high-profile case, usually ending up with a precedent-setting decision by a high court.

But abuse of power like this is endemic to the culture. It's horrible people in positions of authority convinced that what they're doing is right, and just, and helpful, and necessary. These people are everywhere, and most of them have accounts to comment on local news websites.

So, hooray, we can all, or mostly all, get behind Let's Not Murder A Dozen People For Cartoons. Great. But you don't get to stand on a box at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and expect me to pat you on the back for attaining the relative moral high ground.

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