I wonder if Coyne now recognizes the errors in Sam Harris’s arguments against religious moderates. According to Harris, religious moderates are just as bad as religious extremists, because the moderates create an atmosphere of respectability for religion that the extremists then exploit.
It would seem the same logic would apply to political moderates. After all, the arguments of Coyne vs. Cross are the arguments of the Left vs. the Far Left (or, as Coyne calls them, the Regressive Left).
If we are to use Sam Harris’s logic, it would seem to me that the Left has created an atmosphere of respectability for various ideas (like political correctness) that the Far Left exploits to justify their violent rhetoric and actions. If religious moderates are partly to blame for the actions of religious extremists, political moderates (like Coyne and Harris) are partly to blame for the actions of political extremists.