Here's some snippets so we know what he's talking about:
In its extreme, the view that there are no hard and fast rules on what is right and wrong, on which values are set and should be fought for.
It is in contrast to absolutism, that there is one truth.
One man's meat...
Relativism is "Different opinions, no one authority, and as many 'truths' as there are people or societies or cultures advancing different ways of doing things," says Simon Blackburn, Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University.
It is easy, he says, "to give relativism a slogan: Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. One man's meat is another man's poison." And when that is applied to ethics, then goodness, virtue and duty also lie in the eye of the beholder.
There's more but that's enough for a discussion. The thinking and aware observer will quickly see that the term 'relativism' has been coined to downgrade something - to demonise it in fact and indeed, that is implicit (and imo the main purpose) in the article itself.
We can tell this because of the immediate linking with the word 'liberals' which is a catch-all category used only by the people who imagine themselves the opposite of what they think liberal means.
But that is not the worst of it: the position described (and shown in a bad light AND in a manner which is termed to suggest there can be no doubt about this) is essentially the position of any sane thinking person.
Every logical thinker knows that one man's meat is another man's poison but here it is presented as being an established heterodox concept. This is not only disingenuous, it is a lie.
But I'm more interested in who is lying and what is the agenda. So far we have Howard on the anti-relativism bandwagon - he is hardly worthy of comment except to note that he is an extreme right wing xenophobe and a hypocrite to boot as he himself was an immigrant. Now we have the Pope - a surprising choice because of his age and that implies he had something else going for him theologically (in their own terms obviously - not being a relativist myself I can understand this and still condemn it) - that thing is the anti-realtivism meme.
This is nothing new, it is the foundation of all fascism and fundamentalist extremism and we're not only sleepwalking into it (we did that for the last four years) now we're actually celebrating it.
Bad moon rising......