moral crusade

moral crusade

a SOCIAL MOVEMENT, e.g. Mary Whitehouse's National Viewers’ and Listeners ‘Association, in which members seek to mobilize support for the reassertion and enforcement of legal and social sanctions in defence of what are seen as fundamental moral values. Often, but not exclusively, these movements attract members with strong religious affiliations. In some sociological accounts, the suggestion is that they tend to attract members with particular personality needs, e.g. AUTHORITARIAN PERSONALITY, but there is no indication that this applies generally to membership. See also MORAL ENTREPRENEURS, PRESSURE GROUP.
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If all it took to purify the polity were an individual's moral crusade, things would have been a lot easier for everyone else.
Instead of sitting back complacently as a Government-in-waiting, his party must now recall four-time winner Harold Wilson's rallying call: Labour is a moral crusade or it is nothing.
Bernie Hunt, Kensington Fields Start fines lower IN RESPONSE to FK of Knotty Ash (I'll back moral crusade if it saves city services, ECHO, September 8).
His words when he spoke about Labour - 'This party is a moral crusade or it is nothing' - ring so true for me now as a newly-elected Labour MP.
In light of Mr Lambert's headline about the soul of the Labour party, Mr Wilson famously said that the Labour party was a moral crusade or it was nothing.
Many feel the moral crusade needs to stop as the state has no stake in somebody's private life.
She describes how the historical legacies of the moral crusade against doping have impacted the technologies used, and the racial, gender, national, and transnational inequalities involved.
Labour Prime Minister] Harold Wilson once said the party was a moral crusade or it was nothing and in recent years I've felt that Labour has lost its crusading spirit.
My final point is about the moral crusade we need to fight in our region, the crusade against child poverty.
The operative mantra has been "Good governance equals good economics," which has been wielded as mainly an anticorruption moral crusade to attempt a fundamental change in a deeply rooted mindset that permeates so many aspects of Philippine politics and society.
The Labour Party is nothing if not a moral crusade.
To a remarkable extent, the Western countries that fought in the Second World War still believe that it was a moral crusade, because Hitler was a very evil man.