It may be easy to categorize rape and baby diddling as wrong - but then we delve into additional, murkier topics. When any of us feels comfortable shutting down some dialogue - and we can find a mob to agree, we get into dangerous territory.
Not long ago, a rather large group believed Jews were vermin and a drag on society. Not long ago, the majority in the US believed blacks and women were too inferior to have a vote. Right now, the majority is shifting on whether or not people who happen to be gay have the right to marry who they love. Not long ago, they couldn't adopt children or teach school.
I do not yield to the majority.
I think *I* know what is right.
So did they.
That's my explanation of why I ignore rather than shut down Pamela and others.
I think I'm right about what they're saying too - but I stop short of silencing their voices. No one should be silenced. They must be as free as me to speak. Their equality to me should be protected. When groups dominate and make decisions for others - I want to fight. Even if I agree with the opinions of those dominant groups. Let no one force a group into a dark, frightening corner.