"What's the difference between the actions of the University of Oklahoma administrators and the actions of the Islamist murderers in Paris? Both found the speech in question offensive. Both took actions against the people involved in that speech. So what's the difference? It's a matter of degree, but not kind. Both were unwilling to tolerate speech they didn't like. Of course, the difference in responses is by no means trivial -- one being expulsion and the other murder.That's absolutely correct. The totalitarianism of the western Left is no less total, it merely is content for the moment to silence and demonize contrary thought. The action of the Left to remove free speech is absolutely the same in kind, if not yet the same in degree as the Islamic war to remove free speech by punishment with AK47s.
The principle that applies to one's commitment to free speech also applies to one's commitment to freedom of association. The true test of one's commitment to freedom of association does not come when he permits people to associate in ways he deems acceptable. The true test comes when he permits people to associate -- or not to associate -- in ways he deems offensive."
Totalitarian thinking is in lockstep with barbarism.