One of the things I really enjoy about the skeptic/atheist world is the diversity here.
What I mean is that there are so many varying opinions on any topic and that in a way, we all learn from each other (well mostly). There are people of course that are extremists no matter what is being discussed and even then, there is a range of “extremist” opinion.
I tend to not be an extremist. I do, however, listen to those voices because every once in a while there’s a real, reasonable point being made.
I think that if I have a major “fault” is that I tend to listen to everyone, even the ridiculous. And no, I’m not saying I don’t have any other faults, just that this one has been pointed out to me multiple times.
If we don’t listen to those opinions that maybe most would consider anathema (WOW! I haven’t been able to use that word in a while) then we’re doing the same thing. Squelching unpopular speech.
I would rather be one of those that hears that speech, and argues (rational argument) against that speech or idea. I believe most of us do that. There’s absolutely no reason for any of us to use invective. All that is done in that case is to harden the opinion of the person being confronted.
We’re skeptics. We use reason to confront ideas to oppose ideologies that are harmful to society. My honest opinion? We generally do a pretty good job exposing those. Sometimes there are so-called skeptics that do nothing and are determined to generate drama.