For John, BLUF: Just because it is OK in your culture doesn't mean it is OK in mine. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Yesterday, writing in his own blog, The Volokh Conspiracy, Law Professor Eugene Volokh talked about culture as an excuse.
This is from The Daily Mail, and it is about the UK:
A muslim who raped [in the sense of statutory rape -EV] a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school where he was taught that women are worthless.At some point Mr Rashid told psychologists "women are no more worthy than a lollipop that has been dropped on the ground".
Adil Rashid, 18, claimed he was not aware that it was illegal for him to have sex with the girl because his education left him ignorant of British law.
Unless it is your daughter or granddaughter, or mine.
This is cultural relativism run amok. What happened to "ignorance of the law is no excuse"? Is a 13 year old girl who is raped (even if it is statutory rape) not harmed and does not society have a responsibility to say to everyone that it is not acceptable to commit this crime? I don't care if she did "consent" to intercourse. He took advantage of her and it was wrong.
This young man should have been made an example of, pour encourager les autres.♠
Regards — Cliff
♠ For the encouragement of the others, referring to the execution of Admiral John Byng. The author was Voltaire and the work Candide.