The Blind Who Would Lead
In the United States, an old, old phenomenon resurfaced in 1980. It is the voice of self-righteous, all-knowing, narrow-minded "religion," this time in the form of the self-styled "Moral Majority," which has as its objectives the punishment of politicians who deviate from M.M. principles, and the dictation to all Americans of what they should read, think, and believe.
The Moral Majority speaks with the voice of absolute authority.
This is not to be confused with the kind of authority expressed by scientists, who can only claim to hope they are right pending further information. The greatest scientists have been wrong on this point or that— Newton on the nature of light, Einstein in his views of the uncertainty principle— and this does not lessen respect for their achievements.Scientists expect to be improved on and corrected; they hope to be. Science has its "authority," but it is an open and nonauthoritarian authority.
The Moral Majority, however, speaks, it would seem, with the voice of God.How do we know they do? Why, they themselves say so; and, since they speak with the voice of God, then their testimony that they do so is unshakable. Q. E. D. And since the voice of God is never wrong and cannot be wrong (the Moral Majority, speaking with that voice, says so) any spokesman of the M.M. is never wrong and cannot be wrong.
The Moral Majority is, in other words, a closed intellectual system, without possibility of change or admission of error.It insists that all the answers exist and have existed from the beginning because God wrote them all out in the Bible and we need only observe them to the letter.
Surely this puts an end forever to any hope of social or intellectual advance or to any rational adaptation to changing conditions. For what does the Bible say? "The letter killeth" (Cor. II, 3:6).