The application of the Golden Rule across cultures requires one to assume people within other cultures treat themselves as they want to be treated. It’s a multicultural world and it’d be paternalistic and imperialistic for Westerners to treat non-Westerners with Western mores.
I cannot with legitimacy demand a muslim woman within her own culture be allowed to wear a dress instead of a tent, regardless of the fact that I freely choose my clothing and that my daughter and wife freely choose theirs.
Islam has a “golden rule,” believe it or not, yet its application across cultures is antithetical to their culture. (They demand the extinction of other cultures, which makes the entire cross-cultural ethical reciprocity idea moot to begin with…)
One proof of this is muslim men attacking non-muslim women in Western countries for what those women choose to wear. Another is murdering cartoonists – or anyone else – for expressing free speech, whether or not the idiot American Secretary of State sees a “rationale” in doing so. Another, of course, is the constant call by thousands of islamist political (“religious”) leaders to kill all non-Muslims.
Islam may practice ethical reciprocity within Islam, though murdering one’s daughter leaves this in doubt (but perhaps that’s just me). Islam does not, and never has practiced ethical reciprocity outside of Islam, and never will as their totalitarian tract proscribes doing so.
These drowned kids were non-Western kids who’d likely grow-up to wear a suicide vest, stab a Jew, rape a gentile, shoot a cartoonist, grenade a concert-goer, or hack a head.
Probability says that zero of these kids would have made a net positive contribution to society. One book per year is translated into arabic. Islamic countries have the lowest rates of literacy on the planet. No patents issue from muslim lands; no literature, no science, no philosophy.
Islam has experienced almost no progress in 1,400 years. For the past 400 years they have been demanding global regression to the Stone Age. To think this will change is psychological projection of the modern on the pre-modern, and not reality (as is the Western philosophy of coexistence, another imperialistic demand foreign to other cultures).
And it’s just as likely the kids would not have grown up at all. Their dad would kill his daughter for flirting or whip her to death for the crime of being raped, machine-gun his toddler son for apostasy, etc.
For me to worry about these kids would demand I care more about them than do their own parents or culture.