To paraphrase Frank Herbert’s character Gurney Halleck, mood is a thing for cattle and loveplay, not defining a national character or what is right and wrong. In point of fact, if one is an a relationship, I’m not even sure if mood is always a thing for loveplay either.
And yet, as Ravi Zacharias pointed out in Jesus Among Other Gods, there is a certain mood promulgated by the Liberal and Progressives within America that seeks to do exactly that.
Not all moods were created equal and some are, or should be, less tolerable than others.
The difficulty has not been in knowing what to say, but in knowing what not to say. We are living in a time when sensitivities are at the surface, often vented with cutting words. Philosophically, you can believe anything, so long as you don’t claim it to be true. Morally you can practice anything so long as you do not claim it is a better way, Religiously you can hold to anything, so long as you do not bring Jesus Christ into it. If an idea is eastern it is granted critical immunity; if it is western it is thoroughly criticized. Thus a journalist can walk into a church and mock its carryings on, but he or she dare not do the same if the ceremony is from the eastern fold. Such is the mood at the end of the twentieth century.
A mood can be a dangerous sate of mind, because it can crush reason under the weight of feeling. But that is precisely what I feel postmodernism represents – a mood
Zacharias definitely has the right of it. The Liberals and Progressives are very much not in the mood to hear or hear about Christian religious speech, except within carefully circumscribe locales. Conversely, they’re quite in the mood to both hear and defend almost any form of Eastern religious speech in almost any venue, especially Islamic speech.
It is to the point where these domestic enemies will cry in outrage over a Christian saying homosexuality is a sin yet remain silent upon or even support a Muslim who says that the Qur’an and the Hadith state that homosexuals should be killed.
So far, me and mine are outside of this issue. We’re Pagans and, while Western, the Liberals and Progressives by and large don’t yet think of Paganism as a religion so we can express any religious view we want whenever and wherever we want without repercussion…as long as it doesn’t agree with the Judeo-Christian norm.
It sort of make me pity the Christians. America was and still is a Christian nation, culturally if not legalistically, and they’re the normative majority. Yet they, and only they, are the ones attacked for any display of their faith or attempted exercise of morality.