Socially conservative Britons face sneers from new ‘morally righteous’ elites

Aug 31, 2017 by

from The Christian Institute:

Socially conservative religious believers with community-minded values are being sneered and mocked at like never before, a newspaper commentator has warned.

Janet Daley said today’s ruling cultural classes believe they are “unquestionably morally righteous”.

The effect is that those who hold contrasting views are left insulted, mocked and ridiculed, she wrote.

‘Opponents not even heard’

In an article for The Telegraph, Daley said in previous times a “privileged social caste” would not have dared to attack those different to themselves, instead showing a level of “consideration” for them.

But now that has changed, she said, giving the example of a conference speaker who said “progressive ideas” would have to be promoted in society “‘one funeral at a time’”.

“This is not argument. It does not attempt to convert or persuade or to enlighten the supposedly benighted.

“It is a vendetta: a bald, unambiguous assertion that people with whom you disagree barely have a right to live, let alone to be heard.”

Conformist views

Such thinkers consider their beliefs as independently formed, “even if their views are remarkably conformist”, Daly said.

The commentator gave another example of an academic who “described the acceptable world view as ‘internationalist, secular, cosmopolitan, multicultural liberalism’.

“This seems to make it explicitly opposed to national pride, religious faith, cultural identity, communal cohesion and any form of social conservatism”, she said.

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