The Immoral Moralists


Raw Story quotes Phil Robertson saying something particularly hideous:

“I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him.”

“Then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them, and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him, and then they can look at him and say, “Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now, is it dude?”

Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, “Wouldn’t it be something if [there] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.”

If it happened to them, they probably would say, “Something about this just ain’t right.”

Not only is wishing something like this on another human being reprehensible, it reveals something deeply disturbing about society’s self-appointed arbiters of morality: that they view right and wrong as the parameters of suffering that human beings deserve for their inherent sinfulness. To put it another way, moral systems are only established to determine who gets to harm whom and in what way. They see this world as an inherently violent one and only wish to determine where the hammer will fall.

I hope very few people subscribe to this way of thinking. It is not my view of morality, which is as a social contract, an agreement to ban certain behaviors for mutual benefit. I will elaborate more on this in a future post. In the mean time, here’s a palette cleanser:

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