I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask people to defend their faith in a particular ideology. If they can’t defend it, they either don’t understand it, or it’s not a reasonable position to hold. As a religious person, I’m constantly required to respond to questions about God’s existence, and the justifiability of how I practice my faith - I don’t understand why anyone else should get a free pass to having to do that, particularly if they’re trying to pass laws and enforce social boundaries on the basis of their ideology. If there’s a genuine case to be heard, then let’s hear it - don’t hide behind “educate yourself”, and “You just don’t understand”, or the kicker, “you’re so offensive, now be silent.”
Helen Garner noticed this trend in her book “The First Stone” about allegations of the inappropriate conduct of a University College principal on campus. The Left students association reps at the time just wouldn’t engage with her - she just wanted them to state their case, and they just ghosted her.It’s not good enough.