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Posted on November 28 2010 10:00 am
Walter Hudson is a political commentator and co-founder of Minnesota's North Star Tea Party Patriots, a statewide educational organization. He runs a blog entitled Fightin Words. He also contributes to True North, a hub of Minnesotan conservative commentary. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

This popular post was originally published November 25, 2010.

Among the characteristics of the Left, perhaps none is more frustrating than moral relativism. It is a perspective which regards only truth as evil, and only universalism as good.

The day before the election, I stood in a lecture hall addressing students at Carleton College in Minnesota. My topic was the Tea Party and its role in our political discourse. During the question and answer session, a student steered the conversation toward Islam, asking whether there is a sentiment within the Tea Party that Islam is a threat.

There is no coherent Tea Party position on Islam, as the topic is generally considered to be outside the scope of the movement. However, when Tea Party principles are applied to the topic, a position is easy enough to craft.

Tea Party Patriots, perhaps the largest national organization within the movement, has as its three core principles fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and free markets. The underlying concept which ties all three together is freedom. It is important to be fiscally responsible so as not to unduly burden future generations. We bind government with the chains of the Constitution so it will not intrude upon our right to self-governance. Free markets enable us to vote with our dollars in a way which we cannot at the ballot box.

Freedom is the central tenant, and freedom is opposed by Islam. Therefore, Islam is problematic from a Tea Party perspective.

When I shared this observation with the students at Carleton, any progress I had made in affecting their paradigm up to that point was lost. Attitudes went from mildly receptive to completely shut off. It was not unlike Bill O’Reilly’s experience on The View in October, when co-hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg got up and walked off-stage in the middle of his guest appearance.

In both cases, a nerve was pinched which prevented substantive debate. The question is why? What is so offensive about defining Islam as an ideology which has produced adherents violently opposed to freedom? If that claim is contestable, why can’t it be argued with an even temper?

I submit the reason moral relativists cannot remain calm when Islam is criticized is because they don’t have an argument. What they have is a feeling, a desire for all to be equal in the most perverted sense of the word. They covet a mythical equality which forgives all sin by blaming it on impersonal factors, and condemns any attempt to discern good from evil.

Goldberg recently sat down with O’Reilly on his Fox News program to promote her new book and rehash the argument which prompted her and Behar’s unprofessional hissy fit. The exchange offered further insight into how the blinders of moral relativism work.

GOLDBERG: But the phraseology that you used when you say “Muslims killed us,” that is not —

O’REILLY: But is that not a fact?

GOLDBERG: That implies when you make it a blanket statement like that, that Muhammad Ali was —

O’REILLY: Do you really think that I think Muhammad Ali and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were involved?

GOLDBERG: I don’t worry about so much what you think —

We can’t say that the perpetrators of the September 11th attacks were Muslims, because that somehow implies every Muslim participated in the attack? This is a rejection of plain language. It inserts the world “all” in front of “Muslims,” when that was clearly not O’Reilly’s intent.

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