I have an online acquaintance : a hard-working RN who lives in the heart of a Muslim-dominated section of Michigan,and who finds the conduct of some Muslims alarming.
To make matters worse,after becoming disillusioned with the Democrats a few years back,she became a (Shudder !) Republican .
By nature of her surroundings - ( Michigan is notorious for "hosting" radical Muslims: Fatah, Hamas, remnants of the old PLO, violent little cells of Black Muslims , al-Qods Martyrs's Group,Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda wannabees,and lord knows what-all ) - she tends to voice opinions that reflect delight in the present Administration's efforts to keep some sort of tabs on these folks.
When she began to post these views on a popular message board , some of the "tolerant" members ( Democrats, Liberals,and Extreme Libertarians ) started going after her : hammer and tongs.
She was attacked almost constantly: belittled,brayed at, ridiculed, and called names. When she tried to defend her viewpoint,at least one complained to the site owner(s) that she was "picking on" him,telling lies about him, etc.
I saw the same responses, and, whenever I could do so in good conscience , backed her up. I don't always see eye-to-eye with her, but she is as entitled to her views as anyone else.
When she began getting warning letters from the owner of the site, she had finally had enough, and decided to stop posting there . I couldn't say I blamed her ! The conduct of some of her fellow posters was reminiscent of the "radical Sixties" , when it was considered proper conduct to shout down anyone who disagreed with you.
After watching the antics of those "tolerant" posters, it appears to me we are headed down that unhappy path again.
Lord help us all !