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August 11, 2005

Poll finds most Americans embrace moral relativism

From the Baptist Press...

Barely a third of all Americans believe in absolute standards of right and wrong, and far fewer hold to a biblical worldview, a new poll says.

The poll by The Barna Group, a Christian research organization, shows that only 35 percent of Americans believe in absolute standards of morality -- that is, believe that right and wrong do not change with time or circumstances.

Thirty-two percent of Americans say that morality depends on the situation and the circumstance, while 33 percent say they do not know if morality is absolute or relative. The poll involved interviews with 1,002 adults in July.

Moral relativity is often reflected in such statements as "that might be true for you, but it's not true for me" and "who are you to judge?"

Generally I don't trust polls, but with numbers this overwhelming, it certainly is worth noting.

I can remember when they first began introducing Moral Relativism in government schools. that was back when the Humanists did their dirty work in the open, before they were exposed for using government schools to further their own religious viewpoints. They didn't stop, they just changed the names of some things and worked a little more covertly.

They also started pushing their trash on television, jumping into high gear recently with reality TV. Ever wonder why there are few reality TV shows that don't "vote someone off the island"? It's part of the MSM's attempt to instill the double-think concept of "whatever it takes to win". It was really pathetic when they tried it with the short lived reality show “Boot Camp” where contestants participated in what was supposed to be a realistic military boot camp, complete with the emphasis on teamwork, and “never leave a man behind” culminating in — yes, you guessed it — voting someone out. My guess is the hypocrisy was too much, because the series was fairly short lived.

Unfortunately the overall hypocrisy of moral relativism continues to be pushed on television and in movies and, at taxpayer expense, in government schools.

It reminds me of what C.S. Lewis wrote in his book, The Abolition of Man...

In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the gelding be fruitful.

If morality is relative, then my right to swing my fist may not end at the tip of your nose. I might decide the situation is more convenient if it ends a bit further than that. When morality is dependant of situations it leaves a person open to interpret any situation in light of their own selfishness. Any attempt to place boundaries on that interpretation becomes moot, because, a boundary is just another word for morality, isn't it.

Posted by Danny Carlton at August 11, 2005 09:48 AM

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