This explains a lot:
A vigorous hand wash or shower could cause a person to be less judgmental.
A new study, set for publication in the December issue of the journal Psychological Science, reveals that when a person feels physically clean, he or she cuts others more moral slack.
“When we exercise moral judgment, we believe we are making a conscious, rational decision, but this research shows that we are subconsciously influenced by how clean or ‘pure’ we feel,” said lead researcher of the new study Simone Schnall, a psychologist at the University of Plymouth in England. “Take for example the situation of a jury member or voting in an election — if the jury member had washed their hands prior to delivering their verdict, they may judge the crime less harshly.”
She added, “Similarly, someone may find it easier to overlook a political misdemeanor had they performed an action that made them feel ‘clean’ prior to casting their vote.”
Hmm, so in other words, those who feel the most morally dirty are the ones who are most likely to cast aspersions on others for their misdeeds, however so slight?
It uphold my supsicions about the fundies who feel it’s their duty to go around telling others about moral shortcomings while overlooking their own.
James Dobson, are you reading this?