Thursday, June 22, 2006

Post Number 100


For this special occasion (my 100th post), I would like to share a cartoon that takes a little poke at the concept of Moral Relativism. Consider the 'torture' of detainees at Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay. Now think of the real torture of those two American troops by members of Al-Qaida. Isn't there a moral difference between the borderline torture at one and the real, brutal torture by the other?

What about the difference between women's rights in our culture, and women's rights in Islamic culture? Are they morally equivalent?

What about the freedom of religion, association, and speech that we've got, compared to the states of fear in Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Syria, etc.?

How about our social safety net, where even welfare recipients can have cable TV and refrigerators, as compared to the crushing famine engulfing North Korea's 'people's republic'?

I could go on....

4 comments:

@s said...

Congrats on the 100th post.

Rocketman1200 said...

thanks buddy

Rumpus said...

100 posts, that's a lot of caffeine!! Way to go bro.

Hear is something to add to your ambiguious and shallow attempt at moral relativism, a member of the conservative right, Mr. O'Reilly.

A direct quote: Bill O'Reilly is a conservative TV pundit on
Fox News, presenting The O'Reilly Factor,
cable TV's highest-rated news show.
This is his opinion on what America should
be doing in Iraq.

"See, if I'm President, I got probably another
50-60 thousand with orders to shoot on sight
anybody violating curfews. Shoot them on sight.
That's me... President O'Reilly... Curfew in
Ramadi, seven o'clock at night. You're on the
street? You're dead. I shoot you right between
the eyes. Ok? That's how I run that country.
Just like Saddam ran it. Saddam didn't have
explosions - he didn't have bombers. Did he?"

I will leave you to draw the obvious conclusions.

Rocketman1200 said...

Rumpus, to your points:

Despite the possibility that you're context-dropping with that quote, here's my rebuttal:

Bill O'Reilly is a pundit, not an actual policy administrator. However, the policies of islamic fundamentalists are quite real, and quite enforced.

O'Reilly is after ratings. The Islamic extremists are after social control.

I fail to see how my moral comparisons on that post are anything close to ambiguous.