Obama's Basic Morality

Obama recently spoke out on Jay Leno about Russia's new law against promoting homosexuality to minors. In his comments he makes the following statement:
I've been very clear that when it comes to universal rights, when it comes to people's basic freedoms, that whether you are discriminating on the basis of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, you are violating the basic morality that I think should transcend every country.
It is intriguing to see Obama refer to a "basic morality." How does he determine this basic morality? Why does he think his morality is correct? The answer seems to be found in the words "I think." There is a difference in being something or acting on something*. Actions resulting from sexual orientation and religious beliefs are choices, even if the accompanying desires are difficult to restrain. Russia's law does not prevent people from being homosexual, it only prevents them from promoting it to children. This is not discriminating against a basic right. Restricting the promotion of homosexuality to children does not infringe on the ability of homosexuals to survive, meaning it is not basic. And imposing your choice on an another individual is not a right.

Obama's comments on Russia's new law reflects the thoughts of most people in the Western world. He has no hesitation about calling their laws discriminatory even though he has no evidence that his views are correct. Society cannot be built on personal feelings, it must be built on something more concrete. Since most people reject God, perhaps someone should try to come up with a scientific moral standard. At least it would be better than personal preference. In any case, it is about time that atheists, agnostics and secularists today admit that there are no universal morals and Russia and other countries should be free to practice whatever they choose.

Where do you get your morals from? Why do you think they are right?

* It is difficult to see how gender and race would necessitate certain actions, since they are simply properties of being human. 


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