In his statement to the President’s Council on Bioethics in 2002 on the issue of stem-cell research using embryos:
“We want to bequeath to them [referring to our children] a world, a moral universe, in which they ought to live. And . . . we may be jeopardizing the moral quality of that universe, the humanity of that universe, by cavalierly breaking moral rules that we have observed for generations in order that people like me can walk.”
One of the troublesome trends of our era is the belief that we have reached a level of morality superior to that of all those who came before us. With little reflection on consequences of changes in laws and policies. presently or in the future, moral superiority and emotion pull the pendulum to actions that close off morality in the future. The pendulum pulls reason and reflection to their demise. State legislators have begun to conclude (and, in some cases, cheer) that there is no longer a need preserve the life of an infant who has survived an attempted abortion. Censorship of books, individuals, thoughts, videos, films, speeches, and prayers preclude dissent and disagreement.Dissent and disagreement are the life blood of democracy. There was a time, before our morally superior era, when we condemned censorship as antithetical to a free society. Thank goodness we, the morally superior, have returned to the wisdom of censorship.