modern Protestant liberals treat them as primitives or exotics.
I fail to see how the liberals' attitude toward Orthodox conservatives is any different from the liberals' attitude toward conservatives in general.
Because they don't even know what an Orthodox 'is'. Other conservatives have a visible voice, Orthodox can be denied as a cultural church.
Also, at least to Western liberals, Orthodoxy seems foreign and can be cut some slack in the name of cultural relativism. Hey, if it works for "those people" then why raise a fuss?
How about this as an example:
"To attempt to apply rational analysis to this is to fail to understand what the East is. Once you get over on this side of the Atlantic Ocean, the further you go South or East from anywhere, the worse everything gets, except the food. Logic gets worse, rationality gets worse, and everything ultimately winds up in hysteria and emotionalism. It’s futile to try and reason about this."
"So the Catholic church is never going to persuade the Orthodox to accept the patriarchate?"
"No, and I don’t think we should even try. To hell with Moscow."http://www.natcath.org/mainpage/specialdocuments/taft.htm
(Granted, that's actually an interview with a Catholic
, Fr. Robert Taft of the Pontifical Oriental Institute.)