Does it strike you as strange to hear people express moral outrage when these same individuals forcefully reject any notion of an absolute moral order?
Evidently there is a moral order to which all rational people should subscribe and these folks get to tell everybody else what it is! They scoff at those who don’t see it their way as if only redneck imbeciles wouldn’t agree with them!
If you haven’t heard much of this tone of outrage, check in with MSNBC some evening. Listen to people like Martin Bashir, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell. These are the real angry birds of cable news.
While I realize that this tone comes from both sides of the political aisle, it just seems especially strange for those who profess to champion tolerance and are quite ready to ridicule any thought of an absolute moral order.
The disdainful and condescending hate that flows from these MSNBC commentators is on one level, sheer hypocrisy, and on another, close to being dangerous. We don’t need this kind of hostile rhetoric with all the great problems we face as a nation.
They promote such a strong “us” vs. “them” mentality that they can make no claim to promoting tolerance or pluralistic civility. I certainly hope politicians on the left will run from this spirit as fast as possible.