WASHINGTON (BP) – Liberal intolerance is suppressing freedom of belief and conscience in the United States, religious and secular panelists agreed in a discussion at Georgetown University.
Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), joined in the conversation Oct. 27 at the country's oldest Roman Catholic university on how "illiberal liberalism" is affecting the free exercise of religion.
While both liberals and conservatives can be intolerant, the left controls influential institutions in a U.S. society polarized increasingly over such issues as same-sex marriage, abortion and the Obama administration's abortion/contraception mandate, members of the panel said.
The problems with intolerance among conservatives "are ameliorated because you don't have the right in control of the key culture-making sectors in American life," Moore told the audience. "[T]he left is primarily in charge of culture making right now."