But, John, isn't there a difference between saying that cultural relativism can be reconciled with human rights, and saying that cultural relativism doesn't really make sense, given the policies and practices of many folks in many places.
But isn't your position, then, much the same as The Organization of the Islamic Conference, which is attempting to gain recognition for the "human right" of not having Islam criticized?
Isn't "human rights" just a new label for our values?
Would you not agree that the UN is a much more representative body today than it was in 1948? Today, the Organization of the Islamic Conference is advancing the view that it is a human right to have your religion immune from criticism, and this formulation may well have majority support in the UN. Does that make it valid, and acceptable? If today's UN does not get to decide what it "universal," who does?
I'm not sure this is simply a question of Cultural Relativism vs. Human Rights. I think we're discussing the difference between science and activism.