Fear in this context means an awesome respect of a powerful being. I have been reading some of the online “discussions” on the recent Supreme Court ruling on Gay marriage. I have read many reasoned loving articles warning what the Bible says on the subject. And all of the responses that disagreed with that position were harsh, strident, self righteous, and many used profane language. The responders all thought they were absolutely right, while not accepting the fact that there was absolute Truth. The responders universally were more fearful of not being politically correct than engaging in a discussion about the Bible. PC was the god they feared not the true and living God of the Bible.
The responders argued with a profane religious fervor, and claimed the absolute moral high ground because of course they were absolutely tolerant. None of the responders used logic and none would engage in a reasoned and logic based discussion. In their thinking there was no way there could be another point of view. They were all absolutely devoted to their deity, PC Tolerance, and anyone who disagreed with them was called their words for their new devil, homophobe, islamophobe, racist, misogynist, and the worst of all intolerant. Their new god, political correctness, is tolerant for everything the Bible says is detrimental to man’s relationship to God, and intolerant of everything that God says is right and good. In this new religion, to violate PC is sin. And those that commit PC “sins” deserve swift and crushing punishment here on this earth. The PC god’s punishment, is usually profane, vindictive character assassination, being ridiculed out of relevance, marginalized, cast out of employment, and destroying your business. You see it was not “love wins” but violent relentless hate for righteous that won. It was this violent hate that scared its opposers from speaking out. A perfect storm.