What you have is guesswork. Lowell Morgan has said something that doesn't seem to fit with your preconceptions, so you now assert that he doesn't really mean what he said. Sounds me like the type of activity you are deploring.
I think Morgan's statement should be treated seriously. That means not trying to sweep it away. Maybe everything is just as you say ... or maybe not. At least I am keeping an open mind on the subject.
It is clear we will never agree on the matter, but I am fine with that. I don't pretend to convince you of anything.
Jed Rothwell posted, a while ago, a thread with some very interesting insights about Galileo Galilei and the stance he kept in public and in private regarding the ideas of Heliocentrism.
IMHO things have changed a lot since Galileo's times, but the human mind and human behavior, haven't changed one bit.