Yes, Gwen, of course there’s a balance to strike, but as I’ve pointed out to Eric elsewhere in this thread, we changed the world in Act Up because we fought and refused to respect bad ideas. We were surrounded by people constantly telling us to calm down and get along.
We succeeded because we didn’t heed their counsel.
Ideas must not be insulated. Drawing boundaries around certain topics and saying they’re off limits to criticism is dangerous. I write about that a lot. It’s important.
I’m at a loss to understand why anyone should think it wrong of me to point out that witchcraft and demonic exorcism are foolish superstitions. I know “demons” can’t possess human beings and that witches can’t make things happen by casting spells. I’m right. And it matters that I’m right. Truth is crucially important to human progress and happiness.
But if anyone disagrees with my observations about demons and witchcraft, let them present evidence. Let them show facts. Let them make reasoned arguments.
Just like with any other kind of idea.