I looked the author up. He’s a bit of a free speech extremist in the normal American way.
“Asked to name highlights of his tenure, Eshman pointed to two. In 2015, Islamic terrorists in Paris massacred the staff at Charlie Hebdo magazine for printing cartoons they found offensive. The Journal renamed the Jan. 16 masthead of the paper, “Jewish Hebdo,” and ran the offending cartoons inside.”
So, he likes rocking boats.
Even in this article, he leans on HITCHENS to make sense of things. Hitchens the atheist. So, the author likes to rattle cages a bit.