A correction on Spencer
In the entry about Ann Barnhardt yesterday, I wrote:
And by the way, will Robert Spencer, Andrew McCarthy and the other respectable Islam critics call Ann Barnhardt a moron and a nut, as they called Jones?Robert Spencer in an e-mail informs me that he never called Jones a nut or anything else; he has said that he disapproves of book burning, but that Jones has the right to freedom of expression. I will take Spencer’s word for it. I’ve seen the same epithets applied so universally to Jones (and always combined with the caveat that the moron and lunatic Jones had the “right” to burn the Koran) that I had thought, evidently mistakenly, that Spencer had used them as well. I am changing the entry to reflect this.
However, Spencer also complains about another recent statement of mine about him. I wrote:
Consider Robert Spencer. Does Spencer totally reject Islam? Not at all. For all his withering critiques of “supremacist Islam” (rarely or never of Islam itself), his writings assume a future in which Islam is allowed to remain in our society and keeps getting stronger and more numerous among us while we keep reading about it and debating about it and complaining about it and asking rhetorical questions about when it will reform itself.In an e-mail to his thuggish sidekick Mike Slumber (a.k.a. awake) with a cc to me, Spencer writes:
This is a rather outlandish claim on Auster’s part, but as we have seen in your other recent email to him, he doesn’t hesitate to publish false statements about me, and doesn’t publish corrections even when provided with them.Well, Spencer will just have to live with the fact that he has never advocated any laws or policies that would reduce the growing population and power of Muslims in America, an issue I have addressed repeatedly and in detail over the years. Most recently, in February 2010, in an analysis of the platform of Spencer’s and Pamela Geller’s then-new organization, the Freedom Defense Initiative, I wrote:
… So, when it comes to actual anti-Islamization activities, there are some good and needed ideas. The idea of an organization exposing and opposing Islamization at the local level and in the federal government is good. But overall it seems to me that FDI’s goals are strikingly limited.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 06, 2011 04:19 PM | Send