While scanning through the internet news headlines, I saw a few articles about a planned event at a California University being canceled at the last minute due to protesters.
Milo Yiannopoulos, a conservative blogger / journalists / activist / etc. had an event planned at UC Davis. But protesters caused such a scene, the event had to be cancelled.
Now to be completely honest, I don't know much about Milo. I've seen memes and stuff from his Facebook page being shared on Facebook. But that's about it. I don't follow him anywhere, or have even read anything he's written.
But man alive to the folks on the far left scream hate about him. They say he's a bigot. They say he spews nothing but hate speech. As the LA Times article above illustrates, they are so intolerant of him and his views, they will go out of their way to shut him down. That scares me a little for two reasons.
First, the far left are becoming like the "Little Boy Who Cried Wolf" in a way. They scream "hate speech" and "bigot" at everyone they disagree with. Others come running to see whats wrong only to find this "bigot" really only has an opposing view, then they go back to what they are doing.
This "hate speech" and "fake news" craze we are currently in is starting to wear thin with folks. Each time someone yells "that semi- pseudo-celebrity is a bigot" fewer and fewer people respond. Sooner or later, people will ignore the outraged left. Then what happens when there really is a wolf, or in this case a popular bigot spreading their hate?
The second reason is pretty much the opposite. Attacking everyone who disagrees with you the enemy to what's moral or correct is a very dangerous thing if people start believing you. Fueling intolerance in the name of tolerance and the greater good is how some terrible things happened through out the course of human history.
Taking a totalitarianism approach to getting your beliefs and values across is a dangerous thing. Especially if you'd take the time to listen to the opposing view, you'd find out those you want to censor and silence agree with you on 85% of what your core beliefs are.