Examples of moral inversion abound. What once was called bad is now called good. What once was frowned upon is now celebrated. What once was seen as deviant behaviour is now regarded as just another lifestyle choice. What once was taboo is now all the rage.
In the brave new world of moral anarchy, the only unacceptable activity is to actually state that certain things are still wrong. With tolerance so-called, and moral relativism reigning, anything goes, except for one thing: to actually stand for morality, for right and wrong, for truth and error.
We had another great example of this in the press recently, this time from Sweden. This is a nation of course which has long ago declared war on marriage and family. And like most of Europe, it is among the most secular nations on earth. And it has adopted a policy of anything goes when it comes to sexuality.
This is a heady mix. Thus we should not be surprised when we see bizarre perversions occurring there. And worse yet, no one seems to bat an eyelash about them. Consider this news item: “Swedish man accused of sex with sheep”. Here is how the story goes:
“A Swedish man in his fifties who was allegedly caught having sex with a sheep near Alingsås in western Sweden denies being guilty of animal cruelty. In the beginning of June last year a sheep farmer and his wife heard a curious bleating sound from one of the farm’s pastures.
“When they went to investigate they were shocked to find a man engaged in sexual conduct with one of the ewes. ‘This is an unusual case. Earlier it would have been classified as bestiality but nowadays it is seen as cruelty to animals,’ Tomas Tell of the police told daily Göteborgsposten (GP).
“The witness reports are in themselves not enough to convict the man of cruelty to animals. Therefore a specialist veterinary surgeon has been called in from the Swedish Board of Agriculture (Jordbruksverket) as an expert witness. ‘Because there were no visible injuries the prosecutor must be able to prove that the ewe has suffered from the unpleasant event,’ Tell told GP.”
There you go folks. Once upon a time bestiality was seen as the utter epitome of moral depravity and sexual suicide. Now the only thing the Swedish authorities are worrying about is whether the sheep was injured or not. As long as both parties are unharmed – especially the animal – then everything is just peachy.
This is where contemporary Sweden had gotten to. Put these various ingredients together – super secularism, sexual anarchy, and a war against the family – and you have some very fertile ground for this sort of behaviour. Indeed, the article goes on to say this: “Sex crimes against animals have been reported to be on the rise in Sweden earlier this year with an increase in reported cases of sexual mutilation of horses and other livestock.”
But this is not just an isolated incident unfortunately. And it is not just some dim-witted farmer who is in favour of this. I have mentioned before how one of the world’s most famous and celebrated ethicists has come out in favour of bestiality.
Princeton University’s Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics, Peter Singer, is on record as stating that there is nothing wrong with having sex with animals, as long as it is consensual, and no harm is done to the animal. The vegetarian and animal rights crusader was not laughed out of court when he wrote this.
Incredibly, most of his colleagues and fellow academics found nothing unusual or alarming about his remarks. That tells us a lot about where academia in particular and the West in general are at. If world-renowned intellectuals can get away with defending bestiality, then we really are coming to the end of Western civilisation.
So if it is good enough for Singer, then I guess it must be good enough for this poor farmer. Who are we to judge them? Who are we to say anything is wrong? Who are we to find this morally troubling? How can we be so judgmental and so negative?
Albert Camus once said, “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon the world.” In this case it might be more accurate to say, “A man without ethics is a man loosed upon wild beasts.”