Probably no topic is discussed in one context or another more often on Capitol Hill than what is right and what is wrong. Whether they ground it in an ideological perspective, a religious faith or common sense logic, pretty much everybody would say yes if asked “is there such a thing as right and wrong.”
Two questions then: What about all those folks who contend morality is merely social convention and thus varies from one society to another, so “what’s right for you may not be right for me?
And how do we know if morality exists because a particular ideology — Ayn Rand? Karl Marx? — says it does, or because somebody’s religious faith — Christianity? Islam? — proclaims it or for some other reason?
Cross-examined.org’s Dr. Frank Turek addressed these questions during a recent presentation on a college campus when a student explained his atheist girlfriend’s reasoning for her argument that self-interest is the only morality.