Good column. Again. I think many of these crusaders emptied their souls of meaning & purpose with the wholesale rejection of all things related to traditional values, only to refill the void with neo-pagan idolatry & with it, a compulsive need to project their own self-loathing, self (especially spiritually) polluted guilt upon the rest of us.
In fact, a reliable recipe for cult and crusade-happy lemmings might be just that.. to empty of all allegiance to said values, refill said void with said idolatry & bake until well browned. Glaze with the best of intentions & serve with a side of patronizing self importance.
..and I'm a life-long, field-hardened conservationist, for the record.