More or less a screen grab from Instapundit:
THEODORE DALRYMPLE on outrage: “Outrage is a substitute for religion: It convinces us that our existence has some kind of meaning or significance beyond itself, that is to say beyond the paltry flux of day-to-day existence, especially when that existence is a securely comfortable one. Therefore we go looking for things to be outraged about as anteaters look for ants. Of all emotions, outrage is not only one of the most pleasurable but also one of the most reliable.”
There’s a link in there to the original source.
This quote, to me, is a bulls-eye explanation for so much of the behavior we see nowadays.
And extending the point: this too, is why, I feel so strongly about so many of those people of a religious bent staying in real established religions and not striking out on their own – or worse, being left on their own devices by the marketed “cool” of atheism. Too many so-called atheists are not mature enough to handle their belief.