Saturday, April 16, 2011
False morality seems to dictate medical treatment, violence against non-believers, and the Republicans' blind goal to rid the US of all of the remaining beneficial elements of the New Deal and The Great Society. This morning's Washington Post article, "Stem Cells Were God's Will, says the reciptient of treatment.
T.J. Atchison, the recipient of stem cells to reverse chest down paralysis, born baptist, said it was "God's Will" that he should be the first recipient of such treatment. Though the stem cells he received were not from a live fetus, but were about to be thrown away, the reaction of the local Pentacostal Minister warned him of death threats from the community that believe both stem cell research and its connected issue of abortion, from which some stems cells are derived, are immoral. Later, he came around to Atchinson's belief as did the community which responded with concern and aid to the family. Nevertheless, this set off great debate among opponents.
Rayan's budget bill which the House passed yesterday is another example of false morality, in this case that the budget deficit is more important than the public services, in particular Medicare, the elderly and poor need to keep alive. Ryan and his Republican supporters would rather protect the rich than serve the poor, elderly, and indigent. The Tea Party and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have put the social and health program they want to destroy as a moral cause they must win. In this case, morality may very well result in the their defeat in the '12 elections and guarantee the re-election of the President whom both leaders pledged to defeat as their prime governance goal when the the new Congress took over.
In both cases, morality destroys the equity and free speech the Constitution provided. Abortion is "stare decisis", meaning it is the law of the land. No similar ruling by the Supreme Court has been rendered about stem cell research, though medical researchers have found ways to avoid using stem cells from abortions.
What jumps out of these recent explosions of false morality is that personal decision making about terminating a fetus and being restored to health by way of stem cells application is invaded. More to the point this false morality is a burden on society that must bring up unwanted children and find expensive ways to take care of indigent people who might be brought to health by advances in science. The impact of this false and very abstract morality is that it does harm to a wide swath of humanity.
My point of this raging is that few if any take into account the widespread after-effects of applications of "false morality", or that some commonly accepted Judeo-Christian principles have been breached in a very serious way. These breaches are not really political. They are at the center of true morality, which is, in the end, to do no harm.