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Comment 14 by Derek M

In my view, nobody is softer on religion - even softer than other religions are to each other - than these wishy washy "we must respect their culture" lilly-livered idiots, who bestow the virtues of a tolerant society yet tolerate (in silence) the intolerance of Islam.

It's quite ironic that those who talk about respecting culture in this way end up showing a distinct lack of respect for people. It's not just patronising to talk about morality and rights to free speech being culture-dependent, it also ends up harming many in those cultures, because their rights are sacrificed on the altar of pseudo-liberalism. Moral cultural relativism is itself a form of bigotry.

What I do hope we can avoid, though, is any insistence that left-wing liberalism is synonymous with this dreadful relativism.

Thu, 02 Feb 2012 03:40:10 UTC | #913682