What is the source of moral absolutes?
No one who believes in an Absolute Morality can answer this simple question... what makes your view of morality superior to that held by any other group of humans?
My view of morality is appropriate for my cultural context (of which the Minutemen are a part).
Characteristics that practically all humans share across cultures. Practically all humans care about suffering, abhor rape, oppose killing, etc ....
Very few human cultures oppose killing-- we just argue over whom it is OK to kill or which suffering we care about.
There is an underlying shared culture (since we are all Americans) I can appeal to...
I submit that you are skewing statistical reality here.
... a time-honored part of which is the lynching of people who don't look like you. If your contest in appealing to American traditions and culture is honest, they may very well win it.
I submit that you are skewing statistical reality here. Take two phone books. Randmly pick human A from one, human B from the other. Then ask human A if human B should be killed and vice versa. The answer will almost always be "no". And although A and B will disagree what the very few exceptions should be, they might disagree whether they belong to the same culture or to different ones.
I don't think so. Most societies accept war, many accept capital punishment. Some societies killed aboriginals, homosexuals or religious minorities. The culture that wrote "thou shalt not kill" allowed the killing of girls who had sex before marriage.
By pre-selecting victims, you are the one skewing statistical reality.
We have an instinctual empathy and desire to protect people in our tribe.
If you want to call this a form of primitive moral value, Ok (I am not going to argue over terminology). But other primates, Gorillas and Chimpanzees for example, have the same moral value.
Let me ask again the question that no one is answering. If morality does not come from a specific culture-- where does it come from?
Nothing in the Universe, outside of human society, cares about suffering...the only objections to these things are in the human mind.