I must make two honest confessions to you, my Christian and Jewish brothers. First, I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.
~ Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King, Jr., 1963
There’s some typical examples of lukewarm acceptance over on a thread at Pharyngula which was meant to honour the memories of the 14 women killed in 1989 by Marc Lépine at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, but which was derailed within 12 comments by someone outraged that a culture of misogynistic denigration of women was being called out as an enabling factor for this sort of massacre. But he denied being misogynistic himself, of course. Several defenders leapt to his support, of course. Because PZ was being unnecessarily provocative by pointing out that saying misogynistic things lends support to those who believe that misogynistic actions are justified, of course.