Thursday, March 03, 2016
... damned if you don't...
In a posting last month, Damned if we do, damned if we don't: Example #137,085 (I was drastically lowballing the number...), I discussed how the anxiously careful mastery of walking on eggshells perfected by Robert Spencer doesn't seem to be doing him much good: I.e., no matter how much he may insist that he is "not anti-Islam" and "not anti-Muslim", mainstream PC MCs still treat him as though he is.
So our titular bromide leads us to only one of two conclusions: Either
1) Spencer is stubbornly persisting in thinking that if he continues to walk on eggshells around our PC MC Masters, maybe someday they will stop demonizing him;
2) Spencer actually, sincerely is "not anti-Islam" and "not anti-Muslim".
If it's Door #1, that would of course imply that he is anti-Islam and anti-Muslim, but that he has been trying to finesse his rhetoric all these years in order to try to avoid being accused of those postures.
If we are to follow the beck of the hand model gesturing lovingly at Door #2, however, we are led immediately into a deeper problem. For, behind Door #1 is just a new Kenmore refrigerator that will conk out within a month of shipping; behind Door #2 is an all-expenses-paid vacation to an alluring Paradise that will turn out to be a Hell-on-Earth of being fleeced by corrupt local officials, followed by our assault and rape by racist black Jamaicans.
I.e., the first choice indicates that Spencer's rhetorical strategy is obtuse and simply not working; the second choice indicates something far worse -- which we can illuminate by posing the elementary question: Why the hell are you not anti-Islam and anti-Muslim for crying out loud...!!!???
Why are Spencer and his Jihad Watch loyalists so afraid of being anti-Islam and anti-Muslim? Of course, it's never entirely clear where the latter stand -- behind Door #1 or #2; one sometimes gets the sense that they are indeed anti-Islam (even if they waffle on, and try to wriggle out of, the anti-Muslim part of the equation); but Spencer made himself crystal-clear many years ago, as I have documented and more recently reprised in my essay a month ago, Who's Watching the Jihad Watchers?
I am not “anti-Islam”. (Robert Spencer, in a Jihad Watch article, June 27, 2007)
I am not “anti-Muslim,” as I have stated many times. It is not “anti-Muslim” to stand for human rights for all people, including Muslims… (Robert Spencer, in a Jihad Watch article, September 17, 2011)
To which I say: Au contraire, my dear Non-Anti-Muslim Frère. Since to be a Muslim is to pledge allegiance to Islam; and since Islam is a culture and ideology that stands against human rights for all people, then if we stand for human rights for all people, we have to stand against Muslims. On what grounds, on what basis, would Spencer and his loyalists disagree with this argument? If they do not succumb & subscribe to the Paradox of Tolerance, there remain only two possible grounds. They would have to assert either that:
1) Being a Muslim is not necessarily to pledge allegiance to Islam;
2) Islam is not necessarily a culture and ideology that stands against human rights for all people
And #1 (exclusive of #2), in turn, depends upon fudging the definition of "Muslim" such that, in effect, innumerable Muslims out there are "not really Muslim" -- i.e., not really following Islam.
But as I indicated in my aforementioned essay -- Who's Watching the Jihad Watchers? -- Spencer has vehemently adhered to both #1 and #2, even to the point of arguing with intelligent Jihad Watch readers who took issue with him on this particular problem.
I collected a record of some of this into a few essays on my aforementioned now retired companion blog, Jihad Watch Watch -- such as Transcripts Part 2: Jihad Watch readers politely yet firmly take Robert Spencer to task; and Robert Spencer's Two Hats: Keep Your Day Job. (I haven't yet ascertained if Google cache still has these or not.) One can see there Spencer insisting doggedly why he is "not anti-Islam". Yes, that's right, a man who has forged a career amassing mountains of data indicating that any sane, decent human on the planet should be anti-Islam, stubbornly insisting he is "not anti-Islam".
...damned if you do...