Our activism seems to work like this: take an issue that is really happening, embellish the facts and then tell the community at large: “If you don’t take a stand you will be asked about it on the Day of Judgement.”
Luckily on non-issues, such as gangsterism, grooming gangs, drug abuse, domestic violence and the bending of truth, the opposite seems to be the case. Take an issue that is really happening, trivialise it and then tell the community at large: “If you speak of these things, you will be cast into Hell.”
In short, our activism is founded on a bullying crowd mentality, which uses emotional blackmail to achieve its desired results. Stand with us or be damned. Stand against us and be damned.
The groundswell of nationalism, with its appeals to patriotism and belonging, may use more or less the same tactics, but that doesn’t make it right. When the crowd comes for you, be your own man.