An open letter to Pamela Geller
A group of anti-jihad bloggers from Europe and America have written an open letter to Pamela Geller in which they denounce her evidence-free accusation (here at her site, here at Robert Spencer’s site, posted with his “wholehearted” agreement) that the EDL has become a neo-fascist organization; they lament the fact that the left has already picked up on her baseless charges in order to isolate the EDL further; and, finally, they demand that she publicly withdraw her irresponsible and damaging accusation.
It looks as though Pamela, or rather the team of Robert & Pamela, Inc., since in this as in other matters the two have acted as one, have finally gone over the line with their knee-jerk liberalism. But the demand for a withdrawal of the statement is a good and sensible move. Robert & Pamela, Inc. can admit they were wrong and withdraw the statement, and peace be restored. But if they don’t admit they were wrong, that will mean a more-or-less formal split between Robert & Pamela, Inc. and most of the anti-jihad community.
I want to thank you for adding you name to the letter at Gates of Vienna.LA replies:
Thank you.LA continues:
Also, given my long history of being a critic of Spencer and (less so, but still significantly) of Geller, my presence on the list could be seen as being the expression of my supposed personal agenda against Spencer, and thus be a distraction from the letter’s purpose in that sense as well.UPDATE, July 1, 2:35 p.m.:
My personal absence from the list of signers has not done the signers any good, at least in Robert Spencer’s eyes. Geller and he have responded—again as a corporate pair—to the open letter, and Spencer dismisses it as nothing but the effusions of jealous people who are willing to tear the anti-jihad movement apart for the pettiest reasons of pure ego—the sort of response Spencer would make to me, and really, with variations, to everyone who has ever criticized him. I can’t think of a single instance in which Spencer has acknowledged that a criticism of himself was made reasonably and in good faith.Rick L. replies:
I understand your position . I am a rather smallish site (growing) and I am sure I will catch some flak over this at some point. Been there before and will be again.
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