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Sen. Rand Paul spoke about the intersections of freedom and virtue at Liberty University

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Posted at 4:23 PM, Nov 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-12 16:09:58-05

Sen. Rand Paul told the Liberty University audience that scientists have mapped the Humane Genome and "scientific advancement is exploding." He went on to say, "Imagine a world in which disease and disability are eliminated: no meningitis, no Down's Syndrome, no cleft palate, no cerebral palsy," Paul said.

He said he hoped "that leads to great progress in combating disease," but urged the audience to "keep an eye on who controls that technology."

He asked the audience to imagine a world in which "your potential will be known simply by swabbing the inside of your cheek. No Down Syndrome. No Cerebral palsy."

"It is easy to oppose eugenics at the hands of an omnipotent state. But will we have the strength of character to resist a world where eugenics is practiced voluntarily?" Paul asked. "Will we be sorry when we eliminate the disabled? Will we be sorry when we eliminate those with premature deafness such as Beethoven?"

He continued, asking, "Will we be sorry when we eliminate those with cerebral palsy, such as Christy Brown?"

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