Say something negative about a homosexual, and you will suddenly find yourself being accused of "hate speech".
Criticize Our Glorious President, and you are obviously "racist".
Point out that our government is heading down a fiscally unviable path, and you will be labeled a "terrorist".
What do all of those examples have in common? People are attempting to silence you by means of social ostracization. Why? Because they disagree with what you have to say, and have no better argument to bring to bear against you than calling you names. Make sure you understand that point – you have a difference of opinion with some people, and rather than rationally consider the positions and present a reasoned argument, those people would rather force you into silence through societal pressure.
Force. Granted, force that is purely based on your willingness to accept the titles of "hate speech" or "racist" or "terrorist" and all of the social baggage that come with them, but force nonetheless.
And that blatant use of naked force makes those people exactly the same as the kinds of folks Michael Z. Williamson is talking about here:
Those particular Muslims need to get over it. This is the 21st Century, not the Dark Ages, and they need to accept that large numbers of us have no interest in or outright distaste for their god and prophet (may bees pee on him). People DO have the right to burn the US Flag, crap on their holy book (or any other holy book), call them names and otherwise express positions that are valid, invalid, well-considered or off the cuff.
So regardless of what anyone thinks of West’s statements, I believe they are necessary, and I endorse their presence, without comment on their content.
You have every right to be offended at whatever your little heart desires. Anything. Everything. Whatever. I do not care. I do not, however, have the right, nor should you have the ability, to force me to do anything on the basis of your irrational, emotional response to something I have said. You may not like what I have to say. You may not agree. You may not even listen. But you have no right to stop me from saying it (unless I am doing so on your property, or various other analogues). And I would not have it any other way.
This concept is probably why anti-rights cultists fear and hate us so much… Not only do we have the unmitigated gall to disagree with their authoritarian pipe-dreams, but we also have the willpower and the hardware necessary to keep them from forcibly silencing us. Which, when you get right down to it, was one of the primary reasons the Second Amendment was added to the United States Constitution.