This is a little bit weird to me because I think, if it's a good thing to you, if it has value to you, that's all that matters, right? If you're doing the "good thing" just for the approval of others, isn't that hollow? But I guess I can see that maybe they think if the inherent meaning and goodness is self-constructed, then it's "made up"? (Speaking from the experience, here, of someone who has attended 12-step meetings and been told to believe in "A God of your own understanding", okay, but if God is whatever I want him to be then isn't he imaginary?)
Speaking of God, I wonder if the conservatives' need for values we all agree on is related to how many religious people are just BAFFLED by the idea that atheists could have a moral code or choose to do good works for their own sake without fear of divine punishment. That we all have to agree on The Thing or it doesn't count.
I'm not sure if I'm making sense, I'm pre-coffee and very frazzled.