Who are the greatest natural law teachers in America? They are ‘the whole population of America’. Their behavior and choices teach natural law in an extraordinarily clear way and they record their lessons in the US federal survey system. Simple forms of demographic snapshots of the American population teach a lot about natural law fundamentals.
One of the clearest collection of these behaviors, choices and correlates can be found in our Mapping America series but also in the work of a number of other centers such as Bowling Green University’s National Center for Family and Marriage Research, The Austin Institute and The Institute for Family Studies.
But the vast majority of the teachers of social science (university professors and their related journalists) are overwhelmingly dis-eased (ill at ease) folk when it comes to the most fundamental aspects of natural law and they suppress the data. Though their profession is based on seeking truth from observable facts, most social science professors do not like the truths that emerge, most especially that religious worship is very good for man and society. By and large they themselves do not worship nor practice any religion.
My grandfather, a small-farm farmer in the midlands of Ireland had a saying: “Those educated blackguards are the worst blackguards.” In America, we might say they teach post-truth – “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’. ”
Why call these post-truth social teachers ‘blackguards’? They violate their own intellects, their own sacred things (science), and they cheat their customers (their students). They suppress free speech on campus and in academic journals, and have violated academic freedom in hiring practices. All this as they march to the fore on all the “hate group” issues of the moment.
My grandfather would ask “Why would any parent pay for that?”
However even in our “post-truth” era the American people will continue to teach uncomfortable truths and we will have their teachings recorded in every US federal survey completed. The data are there for the ages, before, during and post ‘post-truth’. The mission of the social sciences will survive this self-inflicted trauma. It is buried in the data.
PS: ‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionaries’ “word of the year selection” for 2016.