|"Ceremony of Burning a Hindu Widow with the Body of her Late Husband", from Pictorial History of China and India, 1851. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
"We don't want to offend other cultures," they quoted her as explaining.
As opposed to this:
A story for which Napier is often noted involved Hindu priests complaining to him about the prohibition of Sati by British authorities. This was the custom of burning a widow alive on the funeral pyre of her husband. As first recounted by his brother William, he replied:The American culture is the most copied, most emulated, most imitated, most desired culture on earth. An apologetic, self-loathing culture is doomed. And that pretty much describes the West with its naive idealism concerning other cultures and its massive self-doubt concerning its own.
"Be it so. This burning of widows is your custom; prepare the funeral pile. But my nation has also a custom. When men burn women alive we hang them, and confiscate all their property. My carpenters shall therefore erect gibbets on which to hang all concerned when the widow is consumed. Let us all act according to national customs." (Wikipedia)
"But, but, but, what right does the British have to impose its culture on the Indians?"....
This attitude of moral relativism and multiculturalism has pervaded the West's thinking and is de rigeur in our school systems. Except it's not. Inevitably cultural relativists insist on imposing their own values, the things that matter to them, on the rest of us. Intolerance in the name of diversity.
Radical Islam may be evil, but at least it's self-confident.