The hecklers were disrupting the proceedings in the Senate by shouting over those who were already speaking. They were forcibly ejected for doing so.
None of the other examples Mr. Milbank cited — the civil rights movement, antiwar protests, Henry David Thoreau fighting slavery, the Boston Tea Party — involved speakers being disrupted.
Doing so grants a heckler’s veto to the disrupters and effectively silences those who are speaking. The basic rules of civility demand more.
Darryl W. Jackson, Bethesda