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Saturday, January 22, 2011
To be right, or to be effective?
Lawrence Auster has been over to Gates of Vienna.
I need to point out here that, although several sites I visit do, also, visit GoV; I try not to bother with it. So, why don't I bother?
It seems you have joined the ranks of Lawrence Auster, Robert Spencer, et alia, who would rather be right than effective. All of you will still be fine-tuning your message to make sure it is exactly, irrefutably correct, with footnotes and everything, t's crossed and i's dotted, even as the mujahid with the big knife ties up your hands and pins you down for the slaughter.
Er, alrighty then. That's why I don't bother.
I don't go to sites just to fill myself up with hate. I go to sites to get informed. If GoV is going to post any old thing, whether or not it is true, then I cannot have faith in what it reports. Even if I wanted to get informed about the dark side of Islam, and sometimes I do (e.g., history in the 600s AD) - then I'd have to go start my research elsewhere.
I started my site - in 1995, believe it or not - precisely because I wanted to be right about various world religions. If I was wrong, and I found that Islam (say) was the truth, and also the best religion for humanity - then I'd be a Muslim. On the other hand what I've found out has led me to rather different conclusions.
As for the 10,000 pages with lots of footnotes also alluded to over there: well, if that's what it takes to get to the bottom of the matter, then that's what it takes.
And as for the mujahid's knife at my throat, that's between me and my throat. GoV too often has struck me as the sort of place where they'd rather have creepy Europeans with snazzy uniforms holding that knife at my throat. Forgive me if I don't see the upside.
I suspect that most people agree with me on this last; I mean, if you lose someone as reactionary as Auster, you haven't a ghost of a chance with the moderates. So how effective is GoV's outreach programme really, in the end?
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