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By Diogenes (articles) | Mar 16, 2007

Mark Steyn writes about his baffling experience with NPR and other lefty talk radio call-ins. The problem isn't battling contrary opinions, but fanning away the emotional vapor so as to find an opinion solid enough to battle:

As a lady called Kay put it: "We have a lot of work to do then so that some day a long way down the road [Muslims] won't want to slaughter us."

There may, indeed, come a day when they won't want to slaughter us, but it may be because by that day there's none of us left to slaughter. She had just told me that "we're all in this together. I don't care if you're Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist." Good for you. Unfortunately, they do care. In Gaza, in Sudan, in Kashmir, in southern Thailand, they care very much. But the great advantage of cultural relativism is that it absolves you of the need to know anything. For, if everything's of equal value, why bother learning about any of the differences?

Narrower questions in the same vein: how many fervent partisans of multiculturalism have ever made contact with a non-Western culture through a medium not filtered by their own? How many would insist, say, on mastery of a foreign language as a graduation requirement? How many embrace multiculturalism not as a duty to make sacrifices, but as a kind of diplomatic immunity by which they declare themselves free from moral constraints they dislike?

Richard Cross holds a doctorate in psychology, who has taught at the university level, including at Franciscan University. He is currently an educational researcher and consultant in the field of psychology and related disciplines.
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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - May. 05, 2010 8:43 AM ET USA

    The best condemnation one can do to the NY Times is to ignore it. After all, it's main market is contracepting secularists, some of whom call themselves Catholic and many of whom do not. They will extinct themselves in a generation or two and the NY Times may extinct itself sooner than that. Let them go quietly into that dark night.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - May. 04, 2010 8:19 PM ET USA

    "Thus the best thing that ever happened to the Catholic Church in America was the worst thing that ever happened to the Catholic Church in America. You follow the logic? Read on." Careful, Diogenes! Remember the Cruxifiction....

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - May. 04, 2010 7:20 PM ET USA

    As little as I like it, it was the Wanderer that was first at the plate when it came to attacking the practice of moving pederasts around dioceses, and between dioceses. Not the Globe or Times.

  • Posted by: Chestertonian - May. 04, 2010 6:57 PM ET USA

    Damning with faint praise is what he's doing. With 'friends' like Kristoff, who needs enemies? But, given the source of the article, and the publisher, I'm of a mind to say, "Move along, move along; nothing to see here."