Recently on the news someone pleaded with our newly elected president not to reverse the progress that has been made in our nation against global warming. (Don’t worry, this is NOT a post about the president nor is it about global warming.) In support of his position he said that it would be a moral failure not to do so.
Interesting position in our politically correct atmosphere and further points out that it is impossible to have a morally neutral position even in national politics.
In the name of tolerance, could we not say that if I don’t “believe in” global warming, (or if I am looking forward to it) then I should be able to live my life as I wish as long as I allow you to live life as one who believes in it? Or could I say as a politician I personally believe in global warming but I don’t believe I can force my view on the world on others and so reject passing bills outlawing open trash burning?
“Of course not,” many would respond, “because this is something that effects all of us and science has proven it.” And so there is a perceived moral imperative that overrides individual’s strong desires and beliefs.
Or suppose I am all about being able to drown kittens if I have too many of them. “They are mine and my property.” The moral outrage would be great. Laws would be enforced - cruelty to animals. My idea (not really mine - but you get it) belief that animals are here to serve us and I should be able to do with them as I want is suppressed.
We make moral laws all of the time: This is right and protected. This is wrong and punishable. On many such topics, there CANNOT be a morally neutral position and moral positions are imposed or lifted by law all of the time.
Often Catholics are harried into leaving their faith at home when it comes to involvement in politics as if it is an unfair thing to bring to the table or that it would be the same as forcing faith down someone’s throat. This is unfair. It instantly negates anything oppositional to popular culture which is making moral imperatives all of the time. It forbids the idea that a topic of faith may actually offer a moral truth. If this idea is fully realized it makes Christians in general and Catholics in particular second class citizens. This epitomized Pope Emeritus Benedict’s comment that we are experiencing the tyranny of tolerance. It is as inequitable as it is unAmerican.