Lindbergh was not a scientist and was, like many people of the time, a eugenicist. He was capable of uttering Utter Nonsense "We can have peace and security only so long as we band together to preserve that most priceless possession, our inheritance of European blood, only so long as we guard ourselves against attack by foreign armies and dilution by foreign races." which he was no more qualified to have an opinion about than the Man on the Brooklyn Omnibus. But because he was a celebrity, such statements were eagerly published: in this case by Reader's Digest. He also inferred in his autobiography that he chose his wife because she had "strong genes". WTF they are, I am at a loss to explain as a geneticist. They had six children together, which is more than replacement rate even accounting for the grisly loss of No.1. He thought his genes were so wonderful that he got his leg over a lot of women while touring in Europe and sired (neeeeeeharrrghhh) a handful of illegitimate Deutschsprechende children there. His fame again came home to roost, like with humble August Landmesser, when one of his daughters saw a picture of Lindbergh in a retrospective in the German media and thought it looked a lot like the man who visited her mother's bed occasionally when she was growing up. Some people get a disproportionate amount of attention and the next hundred years will be spent scraping the floor of Lindbergh's cellar for more murky but titillating morsels.
He didn't believe he was an anti-semite, in the sense that some of my best friends are Jews and he had a lot of respect for Einstein and and could hum several of Mendelssohn's Lieder ohne Worte. But on this day 09/11/41 Lindbergh got carried away during an AFC speech in Des Moines, Iowa and went a bridge too far by naming The Jews as part of a cabal that was precipitating America to a foreign war. "I am not attacking either the Jewish or the British people. Both races, I admire. But I am saying that the leaders of both the British and the Jewish races, for reasons which are as understandable from their viewpoint as they are inadvisable from ours, for reasons which are not American, wish to involve us in the war. " Particularly viewed through the Holocaust-tinted spectacles of hindsight this was an unfortunate thing to say not least because it was a solid own-goal in the propaganda war. But he also said an interesting thing in the same speech "Tolerance is a virtue that depends upon peace and strength. History shows that it cannot survive war and devastation." He was using this expression to bully Jews into supporting his Peace Platform but I think it is none-the-less true.
The parallel with today's treatment of both homosexuals and people who don't want them to get married is fairly clear. It's easy to be ethical and occupy the High Moral Ground when life is easy and you feel unthreatened. It's a bit more difficult when the enemy is at the gate; that's when you need compassion, which I addressed in the last week in January. It's easier to defuse explosive situations if you dismount your high horse and walk down the hill of moral rectitude to meet The Other.