Jul 9, 2007

The Cultural Bell Curve

"If anyone, no matter who, were given the opportunity of choosing from amongst all the nations in the world the set of beliefs which he thought best, he would inevitably - after careful considerations of their relative merits - choose that of his own country" ~ Herodotus

America's views of diversity and multiculturalism seem to be deficient in analytical clarity, even simple logic, let alone ideological correctness, they also seem to be contradictory to America's long-standing policy of promoting not just economic development but sociological development around the world. In another post, I would offer an opinion based on my overseas experience of how I see our society's unbridled devotion to diversity and cultural relativism inevitably leading to moral relativism. This will be the first in a series of posts on the subject.

Recently doctors in Europe have been facing a moral dilemma over certain Islamic cultural and religious practices and then have had the audacity to blame what they see as "signs of social regression" on Islamic fundamentalism rather than on their own misguided concepts of diversity and multiculturalism.

Up until recently the United States has not had to face some of the cultural and religious practices such as female circumcision, practices that are prevalent in many Islamic societies around the world. The Iraqi refugees like the Somali Bantu refugees to the United States differ in many ways from the refugees of the past, not only do they bring with them a plethora of cultural and religious practices, many that are considered reprehensible and unacceptable in our civilized society, but they bring them at a time when our nation is espousing the glories of diversity and multiculturalism.

In the next few years ahead are to face the same dilemma as the Norwegians are now facing, or the doctors in other European countries who are performing hymenoplasties and being asked to issue lawful "certificates of virginity" or will we have the moral rectitude to recognize that perhaps the problems lie not with our new immigrants, but with our own tolerance?

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