Moving to the Santorum issue, I just read a particularly vicious editorial revisiting the Pennsylvania senator's comments regarding homosexuality, sodomy laws and the judicially fabricated constitutional right to privacy. Columnist Gene Collier is indignant that Santorum won't apologize -- presumably for affirming his belief that homosexual behavior is sinful. Collier related that a small group of parents of gay children who met with Santorum in Washington were upset with his attitude, including his lack of contrition.
How dare Santorum not cave to the bullying demands of the vocal minority that he repudiate his faith! That's what we're talking about here. Unless you concede the relativists' premise that no values are superior to any others, you are an intolerant, immoral S.O.B. The problem is that if you truly subscribe to Judeo-Christian ethics, you cannot honestly say that morality is a subjective matter, varying with the preference of every individual. So Collier's real beef, it seems, is not particularly with Santorum, but with all believing Christians and observant Jews who refuse to say God's laws were written in shifting sands rather than stone.
Finally, as to the Bennett matter, it appears the relativists could benefit in several ways. They win if we say that gambling -- even amounts sufficient to put your family at risk -- is not immoral. And they win if we say that gambling such amounts is immoral, because one of the leading spokesmen for virtuous living will thereby be discredited to some degree for having done it -- assuming he did.
The important lesson here is that we do not succumb to the seductive temptation to abandon or dilute our standards, just because events sometimes graphically remind us that none of us can consistently live up to them. Surely even those who reject the God who wrote the Judeo-Christian rule book can recognize, as self-evident, His revelation that we are all sinners.
We must not let the relativists prevail in their relentless quest for a valueless society. They'll try anything -- including turning Scripture, such as "Judge not lest ye be judged," on its head. It requires courage to stand firm for Judeo-Christian values, because those who dare to do so are morally condemned by those who say we have no right to make moral judgments. And they want to talk to us about Bennett's hypocrisy?
Correction: In my previous column, I attributed a quote to Steven Spielberg that was reported in other usually reliable news publications. I have since been advised that Mr. Spielberg did not say the words attributed to him and so I retract that statement and apologize for the error.