Monday, August 8, 2011

Two Recipes for Counteracting a Blood Libel

These last few weeks have been very hard for several people on the internet I admire very much. Among them are the Baron and Dymphna at Gates of Vienna, Fjordman, Robert Spencer at JihadWatch and Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs. I have been reading their blogs from the time they began blogging. They have all been cruelly slimed by an incurious and gullible press as being the source of inspiration for Anders Breivik's mass murder. It's Sarah Palin and Tucson all over, again.

Daniel Greenfield has written a powerful essay on what our response should be when we are slandered this way.  Personally, I as a blogger have not been accused of contributing to Breivik's slaughters, largely due to the fact that I have only a dozen like-minded readers, and I keep a low profile, spending wasting a great deal of time leaving snark all over the comment boards at blogs better than mine.


Perhaps the most egregious example of false linkage is the case of Fjordman, who has been demonized in the Norwegian press and "interviewed" by the police who have also confiscated his computer. He has quit writing his beautiful essays and gone into hiding. This, in a democratic, free nation. I have been reading Fjordman's essays from the very beginning. He is a thoughtful, well-researched and very knowledgeable writer whose topics are widely varied, not just covering Islam and immigration in Europe, but everything from music to the origin of beer. Never once will anyone earnestly looking for a link to crazy man find a scintilla of violence in his essays. Except where he notes Islamic violence. One of his most poignant essays is about rape and the cover-up by the police and the press of  the victims (almost all natives) and of the rapists (almost all Muslim immigrants). And while on this topic, it is worth noting that just before Breivik began his one man war on his fellow Norwegians, a young woman was raped on the steps of the Norwegian Parliament in full view of security agents, who watched safely from their digs via security cameras. Not only did they not help her, but they shrugged it off as "a slow news day," when questioned by the press, which is the only reason why the press would bother questioning them.

On the other hand, one of the side effects of all this white hot attention to decent bloggers, is that many people are now aware of their sites and are going there to see what the bloggers have to say for themselves. I hope that many people who read those blogs have their eyes opened and compare what the bloggers actually say and what is being said about them in the press. This might be a blessing in disguise.

Here then, is a brave soul....David Wood,who, with others in his church has already been arrested for his faith, so he's got a lot of credibility when he speaks on these topics: Best line in the video:


"Unless our media friends would like us to believe that Spencer and Geller have a time machine powered by 1.21 jigawatts of Islamaphobia, I'd suggest they come up with a theory that at least partially corresponds to reality."
Couldn't say it better, myself.

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