Ronald Reagan on Civil Rights
President of the U.S., 1981-1989; Republican Governor (CA)
Reagan would later say that the case had never been presented to him as a civil rights issue. More astonishingly, he did not even know that many Christian schools practiced segregation.
A. Well, I am one who believes in the rights of the individual. But I do have to question sometimes whether individual rights are being defended in this particular field, or whether they are demanding an acceptance of their particular lifestyle that others of us don't demand. For example, should a teacher in a classroom be invoking their personal habits and advocating them to their students as a way of life?
Q. This bill essentially applies the same antidiscriminatory measures as are applied to blacks, as to women, to other people. Do you think that's all right?
A. How would we feel if a teacher, male or female, a heterosexual, insisted on the right in the classroom to discuss their sexual preferences and why and whether they believed in complete promiscuity or not? We would be quite offended and think that our children should not be exposed to that.
William Brennan reminded us, "The cultural environment for a human holocaust is present whenever any society can be misled into defining individuals as less than human and therefore devoid of value and respect."
Even the Supreme Court's opinion in "Roe v Wade" did not explicitly reject the traditional American idea of intrinsic worth and value in all human life; it simply dodged this issue.
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