Are we teaching our children that only “proven” facts can be called right? Indeed, such is the proposition ]] makes in a NY Times Op-Ed:
In summary, our public schools teach students that all claims are either facts or opinions and that all value and moral claims fall into the latter camp. The punchline: there are no moral facts. And if there are no moral facts, then there are no moral truths.
This is, I think, a result of modernity. The philosopher (one who teaches religion) rails against this. I was apprehensive about suggesting that he is right — until I consulted an ethicist who basically agreed. I mean, I “feel” this way, but since that is not “proven…”
In my opinion, we are factually discrediting science when we create these categories as well as leading us into some serious moral problems in the future. If moral facts are nothing but opinions, with no one able to make a choice about them, then what is to stop the most heinous crimes from being executed without repercussions?
I would recommend reading the entire essay.