This column by Milo Yiannopoulos contains this striking sentence:
If you are scared of being called a racist for speaking out against Islam, think about what people will call you in a generation if you don’t take a stand now.
This is exactly right. And of course we could also say that if people had taken a stand for Salman Rushdie back in 1989, if hordes of people throughout Europe had taken to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations demanding that whoever was inclined to threaten Rushdie needed to be exiled from Europe, we wouldn’t be in the situation we are now in. There wouldn't have been teenage girls abused in Rotherham for a decade and a half because people would have spoken out right away, and the authorities would have listened and acted. Nor would there have been young women abused in Cologne on New Year's Eve, and even if there had been, there wouldn't have been a cover up by the media and the authorities. Nor would cartoonists have been threatened, or Theo van Gogh murdered, etc. The West would still be a place that welcomed people from the Middle East who hated the culture there instead of those people finding that the West is just as bad as it is back home. All these things needn't have happened or be happening.