29 November 2013
First Published in The American Spectator
Human moral progress is not a given, as progressives would like Americans to believe.
Take the ancient punishment of stoning, for example. A report in the Wall Street Journal earlier this week said the Afghan government is considering draft legislation to inflict as punishment public stoning on men and women who commit adultery.
Abdul Raouf Brahawee, the director of legislation at the Afghan Ministry of Justice told the paper that, "The Islamic Sharia instructs us to do so… There is a verse in the Quran about it."
So much for 21st century enlightenment. Is this a case of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton not properly communicating the importance of human rights and women’s rights – her number one priority? Or could it be that scientific knowledge and human nature are not fused at the hip but two distinct lines on the chart of life? It would be nice to believe in moral evolution. It’s very alluring to think that humans are inherently good and only need the right messaging or appropriate government prompts to create a more perfect union and world.
But it requires a permanent state of cognitive dissonance to accept it as true.