Intolerant Liberalism

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo raised eyebrows and the ire of many social conservatives when he stated that the Republican Party and its candidates were divided between moderates and “extreme conservatives.” After proceeding to name three key social issues, he declared that those who don’t agree with the extreme liberal agenda on these matters “have no place in the State of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

By extension, his statement seemed to indicate that the many New Yorkers whose religious beliefs obligate them to consider the liberal stance immoral have no place in New York.

Cuomo’s counsel, Mylan Denerstein, subsequently wrote a clarification, insisting that that the governor believes in diversity of opinion and was making the point that New York is a politically moderate state where “an extremist agenda is not politically viable statewide.”

“The governor has never demonized the opposition,” she wrote, pointing out that the governor himself is Catholic and “his faith is very important to him.”

The governor can hardly be faulted for arguing that what we consider to be the most basic of moral beliefs are no longer politically viable in New York State.

But the fact that to a large extent he is correct is an extraordinarily painful condemnation of the moral fiber of the majority of New Yorkers.

It is yet another indication of how low society has fallen when not only have those on the left shrugged off every last vestige of moral bearings, but the very leftists who pride themselves on their tolerance and open-mindedness turn out to only be tolerant toward those who share their decadent views. It is disappointing, but perhaps not completely surprising, that when it comes to individuals who have viewpoints that differ from theirs, they adopt the same extreme, exclusionary approaches for which they attack the conservatives.