It is against our core values to hate anyone because of their race, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. No matter how disgusting their views, they still have First Amendment rights.
We have seen a rise of a pair of trends that I find disturbing. Many on the Left believe that it is perfectly acceptable to hate people who are white, Christian or straight. If they are conservative, talking about killing them is just good clean fun.
They also have set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner. Recently some have portrayed The Star-spangled Banner, Peanuts and Dr. Seuss as racist. Often, they try to deny people their First Amendment rights. This is becoming a real issue in social media. Speech that endangers public safety can be banned (the classic example is shouting “Fire” in a crowded theater). If that is not the case, they should have a right to say what they want.
We now have an interesting case that involves one of their own. Rep. Ilham Omar has said that some members of Congress support Israel because they have been paid off and that allies of Israel are giving their allegiance to a foreign country. However, there is no doubt that she is anti-semetic given past statements. People are calling these remarks anti-semetic. They are hateful and mean-spirited but not anti-Semitic. They are aimed at people’s political opinions but their ethnicity. She deserves to be censured but not lose her committee assignment.