8.5 Morality, Value Neutrality And The New Morality
From 'The Judeo-Christian Ethic And Moral Values' by LJM Cooray

The opposition to moral values is mounted by those who argue that the source of our public values must be wholly secular. The supporters of this view refer to "value neutrality" and "pluralism".

This is not the reality. What is taking place (as analysed above) is not a battle for value neutrality. It is a war for the dominance of a new morality, based on equality, social justice and relativism, over the old moral values. Pluralism in the development of western civilisation has never meant toleration of all forms of conduct. It has meant pluralism within the context of a certain shared morality. The idea that such a morality is inappropriate for our public policy is a relatively modern phenomenon.

Many examples of this battle between the old and the new morality may be provided: the attack on the family, the undermining of the rights of parents to mould the character development of their children, the assault on discipline and authority, the impairing of property rights, the hostility to private enterprise, the ridiculing of the work ethic, educators who perceive their job to be the re-education and re-socialisation of the child, the attempt to reshape the values, beliefs and morality of society, items on the (so-called) progressivist educational curriculum and the advocacy of a "woman's right" to bring to an end the life of even a fully developed and breathing foetus. The preference of the man is totally irrelevant. Is this equal opportunity? This is one of the many examples of feminist double standards. Feminists want the best of both worlds — they want total say in the future of the child (ie its birth), yet also expect the man to economically support any decision they make. Thus, the battle is not between moral values and value neutrality. It is a battle between one set of moral values and another. In this battle there are many who support moral values and the family but who are neutral or actively participate on the wrong side because they do not perceive the nature of the issues.