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My ears are STILL burning...Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 11:40 AM
There's no pleasing some people, it seems.
Then there's the organized effort to shame me.
It never ceases to amaze me how those who may disagree with my opinions or reporting automatically label me a bigot. Not only do I continue to have to endure this type of vicious name calling, but so does our poor editor John Carney, simply for standing up for me during the period when this writer took a lot of flack for writing the series and expressing my thoughts about the situation.
John says it's just part of the job and I agree.
It doesn't mean I have to like it.
What is truly laughable are the continued attempts to label me anti-Islamic because I have a problem with people cutting up their pre school children during a religous ceremony. While the links to images I posted have expired, some examples can be found here. I must warn you, they are not for the squeamish.
As I've said before: Regardless of their faith, I refuse to believe that anyone would consider mass child abuse as acceptable behavior. Using my criticism of those who take knives to their children as proof that this writer has "made his views on Muslims clear" is dishonest at best.
It is this type of criticism that has a chilling effect on writers everywhere - professional or otherwise. Anyone who dares to publish anything other than what is politically correct hears from the professional grievance mongers, hungry for their next target.
If someone is going to slam me, I'd rather they do it by pointing out what was inaccurate with my series, instead of accusing me of having a dark history of being a closet-racist ... "some-one that targets the vulnerable and weak elements in our society to satisfy his inner-orgies of hate and chauvinism."
What really gets me is the last line...
If I had written those last five words ..... hooo boy.... if you think I was slammed before...
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