I think this must be true of many in certain political segments of our society. There is a kind of willful ignorance that certain people assume for themselves as they congregate only with people that share their opinions and refuse to interact with anyone that does not share their opinions. They then end up making straw-man caricatures of those outside their circle, distorted pictures of those that they do not agree with or do not choose to interact with. This type of thinking and lifestyle is true of racists in organizations like the modern versions of the Klu Klux Klan, a purely racist society. It is true of certain liberal groups. If you have ever encountered these liberals, you will ironically not experience any compassion from them, none of the compassion that these people pretend to have but never actually exercise. Liberal compassion is always theoretical, always nebulous, never concrete or manifested in reality where it would actually make demands of their time, humility in their view of others, etc. And their compassion, when expressed, is never in personal terms, it is always in terms of policy in which they want the world to be shaped, and enforced on you regardless of what you want, in their vision of utopian socialistic society.
I do not mean to disparage radical liberals/progressives as the only people who are ignorant. Indeed, there are ignorant people along all points of the political spectrum. But I would label them as some of the most ignorant of ignorant people because they are so militant in their beliefs, forcing them on everyone else, and because they are so stingy and impatient with other’s beliefs and so intellectually lock-stepped. I know because I have encountered them in college classes, and they tend to approach those with whom they disagree in a very aggressive and angry way. If you disagree with them, they tend to immediately categorize you as the enemy, as ignorant and unworthy of politeness. If you doubt that liberals are this way, then I would invite you to visit any liberal forum and see what terms they use to address those whom they disagree with. In fact, if you go to any of these forums, and you have an opinion that differs from what they are discussing, I would invite you to state those opinions clearly and with conviction and see what happens. You will be flamed by everyone on that discussion board. I know because that has been my experience when I have tried to engage them in honest debate. The exchange quickly devolved into their schoolyard name-calling, or ad hominem attacks, against me rather than an honest and respectful discussion.
I pray today that, if you have opportunity to discuss your faith or your beliefs with anyone that does not share them, you would be polite and respectful with them no matter what they say, not returning evil for evil (1 Peter 3:9, Romans 12:17). Remember that the battle is not yours. It is God’s, so you should not take personal offense when they reject you or attack you viciously. Remember that they do not even understand what they are doing or saying in their spiritual ignorance and the darkness of untruth that is in their minds. Since the battle is a spiritual one, I pray that you would not let the discussion devolve into a mud-fight and that you would be intellectually honest in admitting when you simply don’t know the answers. If you listen for God’s still small voice, He will tell you what you should say, and He will tell you when it is time to end the discussion since this person is entrenched in willful sin and will not listen.