Well said, Kim.
I actually had a death-threat intimidation laid on me some years ago by one of the very fundamentalist types, in a state where attempted and successful abortion doctor asassination attempts took place. FBI got the ring of religious stateside supporters who helped the assassin escape and were supporting him in Europe. Interpol caught the perpetrator in Europe. Some time later another hate group engaged in a road show of demonstrations and parades in the area - they were best known in earlier times for hangings, burnings, and warning select groups to leave or be killed.
With respect to Bhikkhu Pesala, I agree that we should not defame others, of any persuasion, but speaking the truth of a threat that may affect others is a duty, IMHO. I cannot teach Dhamma, having no authority or sufficient knowledge. But I chose the lay life decades before I came to Buddhism so I have earlier vows to honor. Others depend on my vows to them.
IMHO, the Buddhist layperson does pay attention to laws and events that impact others. To do otherwise, to pay no attention, is to be unaware if my family, children, grandchildren, friends, neighbors, world, etc., become exposed to a high risk environment. IMHO, that makes me a contributor to whatever violence befalls them. I am also a contributor to whatever violence befalls others when I do nothing to prevent it or to safeguard others. So these days, I vote for those who practice peace, I practice peace myself, but I remain aware of those who do not intend peace for others.
OK, off the soapbox