Ed Brayton reports on WorldNutDaily writer Ben Shapiro's shot at Hollywood spiritualism. Who doesn't sense the possibility of something disturbed in Madonna Louise Ciccone Penn "Esther" Ritchie's association with the Kabbalah Center?
One commenter at Brayton's site rightly observes that Shapiro's piece amounts to shooting fish in a barrell. I suspect that what most irritates the conservative Shapiro is that Hollywood spiritualism isn't punitive or authoritarian enough to engender the sense of moral cleansing that can accompany old-fashioned moral chastisement.
Shapiro's position isn't surprising since conservatives more than liberals tend to have an affinity for sanctification through suffering (it has its strengths), but theopolitical conservatives are more frequently identified with the sanctifying agent (aka the aggressor) than they are with the object sanctified by suffering. This moral bait-and-switch identification with the sanctifying agent has a great deal to do with why theopolitical conservatives are so morally sanctimonious.
And, sanctimonious identification with the aggressor is every bit as morally lacking as the Hollywood spiritualism Shapiro ridicules in his piece.