This does not mean liberals are not more tolerant of racial and ethnic minorities, new ideas, science-based concepts and keeping assault rifles out of the hands of the mentally deranged than right-wingers. They are. What they are not tolerant of is conservatives.
Grant also finds smart people are not well-disposed towards dumb people, and vice-versa. If this isn’t obvious to you, you’re probably just another dumbass, or as you would put it, Your just another dumbass.
The article goes on to list various groups that liberals are prejudiced against (It also lists groups that conservatives are inclined to disfavor, but who gives a crap what they think?) Here’s what Grant has to say:
Liberal political views… were correlated with coldness toward conservatives, Christian fundamentalists, rich people, the Tea Party, big business, Christians, Mormons, the military, Catholics, the police, men, whites, Republicans, religious people, Christians and upper-class people.
Notice Christians are mentioned twice? Is that because lefties hate Christians most of all? It’s tempting to say yes, but actually we disrespect Mormons even more, because while the origins of Christianity are lost in the mists of time, the origins of Mormonism were right here, less than two hundred years ago, and were reported on duly by the media of the time, which accurately noted that the founder of the faith was a con man with a serious weakness for young girls. Nonetheless millions subscribe to Mormonism today, and sometimes two of them make the mistake of coming to my door. They know they are dealing with a tough customer when I say “Oh, you’re both named Elder? What a coincidence!” and, when I grow tired of being harangued about some angel favoring a particular child-molester over all the others, point to the mezuzah on the doorframe and say through clenched teeth “Do you see the little Jew thing on the door?”
Which is the only time I find my girl’s mezuzah useful.
Christians, on the other hand, come in a huge variety, from your basic Presbyterian types to whom Sunday services are just a part of the weekend entertainment package, like drinking or football, to solemn souls who think God’s purpose for them on earth is to be the public restroom police. Many Presbyterians are in fact, liberals, so we don’t hate them, although we are slightly annoyed when they refuse to set morning tee-times on Sundays. And aren’t Catholics Christians anyway? Christians who like nice robes and pederasty, true, but followers of the same One True Guy, right?
I’ll let you decide that, but I’d also like to add a couple of things I personally am prejudiced against, because they were left off the list.
The State of Texas—Too big, mostly too flat, and has the two most boring major cities in the US contained within its borders—Dallas and Houston, both a couple skyscrapers surrender by hundreds of square miles of strip malls and franchise restaurants.
Being told my password choice is “weak” by some goddam website. I don’t know how conservatives feel about this, but I hate it way more than hearing “Por Espanol, marque el dos,” when I dial into some drugstore’s voicemail. They probably think the opposite, boneheads that they are.
Vegetable Smoothies. I won’t start drinking liquified lawn clippings anytime soon. Trust me on that.
Too Fat for the Dress, Finding Old Shit and Paying Too Much for It, My 600-Pound Hiney, Making Fish Tanks Out of Old Machines and Used Furniture Instead of Just Buying a Big Square Fish Tank Like a Normal Person, Spending More on a Tree House Than a Person With a Regular Job Makes in a Year, or any other reality show that doesn’t involve catching big fish.
I could go on, but it would be too much work. Of course, I blend in, here in California, where we are all tolerant liberals, kind and open-minded towards all, slow to wrath and judgement, patient and forbearing towards those that offend.
If you want to keep believing that, my advice is, don’t get stuck in traffic with us.