Richard Dawkins has been disinvited from a speaking engagement in Berkeley, hosted by public radio station KPFA, because of remarks he made about Islam. The topic of his speech wasn’t related to Islam, but his voiced opinions on the religion have rendered him unclean.
It’s tempting to call this an example of “The Left Eating Its Own”. Dawkins was welcome when he offered his blistering critiques of Christian religions, but criticizing anything even remotely related to Islam is off limits and enough to make him persona non grata.
As a regular platelet donor, I’ve watched the grounds for deferral expand over the years. They do sometimes contract, as for example when the ban on male donors who have had sex with another male was changed from lifetime to 12 months. Obviously, the more potential donors you screen out, the fewer people you’re going to have donating blood.
I wonder if I’m not seeing something similar in the Leftosphere: Keep expanding the number of ways to declare someone beyond the pale, and before too long you don’t have anyone to supply new blood.