Rowan Williams sharia law view indifferent to absurdity of Asian value

Posted On 09/02/2008

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When the Archbishop Canterbury,Rowan Williams defends his Sharia remarks over civil law, many paper and comments failed to see the thinking of Archbishop.

Whether praise of condemn, there is one basis that all intellectual should think about : what ground are the Archbishop Canterbury holding when making his statement?

Isn’t it obvious, when Archbishop Canterbury say to respect the “different” of Muslim group, the hidden message behind it are humanity value vs cultural stand point.

What Archbishop Canterbury claim actually NOTHING NEW.

If anyone recall the period of ex-Singapore premier Lee Kuan Yew fooling around Asian Value. In short, Asian value is a political idea that use cultural different as excuses to to challenge the universal humanity value, a political bullshit that fail to stand the logical intellectual challenge.

So what Archbishop Canterbury are not different than media that support Asia countries leader that claim Asian value : on the basis of they are different.

However, from the stand point of Archbishop Canterbury, Rowan Williams, this mean more than that. Like all the Europe/US media and scholar that praise the “distinguish” Asian Value , it is a thinking try to reason that universal humanity value DOES NOT apply to other human being that does not share the same culture traits as European .

Famous Taiwan writer, Ms Long YingTai has point out the the absurd idea of Asian values

The ideology of multitude cultural sounds attractive : various cultural are significantly different. But in my opinion, the solution does not lies on the “respecting” of different culture, but lies on the “understanding” on the the cultural different.

When Thomas Mann exile to United State of America, US journalist ask him whether he miss Germany, Thomas Mann say, “Wo ich bin,ist Deutschland” (Whenever I been, it is Germany). Thomas Mann has send out a clear message : If there is a need to choose a person to represent German culture, than the person will be Thomas Mann, not Hitler.

Just tell me, did anyone who support cultural relativity idealism support the “different” of Nazi German cultural by Adolf Hitler? It is truth that the same culture birth a great man such as Thomas Mann, however, it also raise tyrant such as Adolf Hitler.

If you simply accept a country ruler One-sided story about different value of cultural stand point and refuse to question it, besides showing one foolishness, it is also an act of ignorant to the people suffered under the tyrant regime.

Original text in Chinese language (utf8)

文化多元主义的原则是很吸引人的:不同文化之间确实存在差异,而且我们必须尊重别人保持文化差异的意愿。但是在我看来,问题症结不在“尊重”文化差异,而在“认识”真实的文化差异。
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 托玛斯曼流亡美国时,记者问他是否怀念德国文化,他答道:“我在哪里,德国文化就在哪里。”他的意思够清楚了:假使硬要一个人来代表德语文化的话,那么那一个人就是他托玛斯曼而不是希特勒。告诉我,哪一个文化相对论者要“尊重”希特勒所宣称的德国文化“差异”?当然,同一个德语文化培育了托玛斯曼也培育了希特勒,但是全盘接受一个由统治者片面定义的文化差异而毫不批判置疑,在我看来不是盲目无知,就是对受压迫者冷酷漠视。

When Rowan Williams “acknowledge the liberty of conscientious objection”, it show that either he is foolish or worst, ignorant to people suffered under the regimes that abuse them with the Sharia law.

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Reference
尊重谁的文化差异 – 龙应台, Long Ying Tai – Respecting whom cultural different?

One Response to “Rowan Williams sharia law view indifferent to absurdity of Asian value”

  1. Maverick SM

    We actually don’t have an idea what or why Rowan made the statement.

    I think we should leave an open mind as it would have been a great discourse if objectively debated.

    moo_t : KTemoc just pointed out, Rowan try to reason some value that exist both in Sharia and civil law. IMHO, it is danger to say anything to bring Sharia in the picture. A universal value that share by many should not be compromise because subset also having the same things.

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