It couldn’t have happened to a better guy

This is old news, but I came across an exchange between Robert Spencer and his critics on the Right (for his tacit support for European fascists) wherein Spencer had the unmitigated chutzpah to whine that he was victim of "surmise, jumping to conclusions, and guilt by association." Sounds like he's describing his own smear jobs against Muslim organizations, don't you think? The guy sees terror ties behind every rock in the Muslim community. Beyond rich. … [Read more...]

Thoughts on why Mr. Spencer doesn’t deserve to be debated

I had an exchange with with a fan of Robert Spencer that touches on some of the reasons why a debate with him would be a waste of time, not to mention a kind of recognition of which a strident ideologue like him is undeserving. The sub-caption of "What's Wrong with the World" reads "Dispatches from the 10th Crusade" and  the conservative Christian group blog declares itself "dedicated to the defense of what remains of Christendom...[against] the Jihad and … [Read more...]

More from Jihad Watch

My 15 minutes of fame on the loony Far Right continues. I'm a little late in reporting this--haven't had much time to blog this week--but Hugh Fitzgerald of Jihad Watch also wrote about me recently (2 days ago) to thunder in florid outrage at my refusal to waste my time debating Islamic law with the likes of Mr. Spencer. I have to hand it to him. He has a way with words, if perhaps not careful reading or nuanced thinking (and, boy, does he get a lot of mileage out of a typo). He … [Read more...]

My response to Spencer

My emailed response to Mr. Spencer was posted on Jihad Watch this morning. Dear Mr. Spencer, Some corrections and clarifications: First (and perhaps you can be forgiven for overlooking this fact given the number and chaotic arrangement of comments on the blog), I made it quite clear in my contributions that I was questioning your credibility and qualifications not to discuss “Islamic issues” but rather to participate in a forum on library policies and outreach to Muslim communities. Sec … [Read more...]

Spencer and his hordes come calling

Sauron...err...Mr. Spencer has turned his baleful, lidless eye to litle old moi. Unlike him, I don't make a living engaging in such polemics, so as fun as it would be to mix it up right now, my response will have to wait until I get home from work this evening. Update (2009-08-09): All the posts on Robert Spencer/Jihad Watch exchange are available on a single page here. … [Read more...]

Sense momentarily prevails: Spencer panel canceled

A small victory for the Forces of Good:   The American Library Association canceled the round table on Muslim outreach to which notorious Muslim-basher Robert Spencer had been inexplicably invited to speak. On the "An Open Letter to ALA & the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Roundtable" blog that was created in protest against this ill advised move, I commented as follows:That’s good news. In a perfect world, Spencer would have been summarily disinvited, but … [Read more...]

Joke of the day: Robert Spencer as bridge-builder. (repost)

[This a re-post. Due to an unnoticed glitch in TypePad, the first version lost its first few paragraphs. Not sure what happened. ]A controversy is brewing in academia over the inscrutable decision by the American Library Association to invite Islamophobe-e-Azam Robert Spencer to address a forum dedicated to, I kid you not, improving Muslim/non-Muslim relations through more effective outreach.  You'd be forgiven for assuming this to be a wicked parody dreamt up by the folks at The Onion … [Read more...]