You can't hide what happened here by calling it a "typo." It's called, "ignorance," and it should have served as a caution against rushing to judgment and condemning as Nazi-sympathizers -- absent conclusive evidence -- those opposing jihad.
If Charles can err regarding Lionheart's sympathies, if Lionheart can err regarding the nature of the BNP, if Pamela can err regarding Charles's intentions, then all should be able to step back, take a deep breath, and admit where they went wrong.
This whole 'blog fight (that's silly, isn't it?) has been four months of friendly-fire among people of good will who should never have been arguing in the first place.
An important question regarding a political group led to an overreaction by a fellow anti-jihadist. Since then, it's been one spiteful, vindictive ad hominem after another, sustained by the statements of experts some of whom would not have been trusted perhaps but for the fact that their posts supported the 'blogger's position against their opponents. (Extreme leftists would never demonize their political opponents, would they?)
Charles wants to avoid allying with racists and Pamela denounces the "British Nazi Party" (BNP). Both oppose the tyranny of Allah.
So regrettable. Will either admit their error(s)? Will either apologize? Who will take the first step toward reconciliation?
Here was Charles's unsteady first step into the unfamiliar world of European politics (emphasis mine):
#13 Charles 10/24/07 12:07:46 pm . . .Here's more evidence that perhaps a little more research is needed, in response to a post by Charles gloating that "Lionheart drops the mask" regarding the BNP:re: #11 Defeater of Defeatism"Dutch Vlaams Belang party"? Dutch-speaking perhaps. They're Belgian, or more specifically, Flemish. But Dutch, not so much.Thanks. Typo corrected.
Will add additional thoughts later on (being a Dutch citizen residing in Belgium and all).
#489 Amillennialist 1/20/08 2:28:07 am . . .re: #486 Picklere: #476 gunjamWell said. We are kicking a guy who has taken a bullet -- not for being a fascist -- but for CRITICIZING JIHADISTS!
No. Charles defended him for doing that, and so do I. We're all excoriating him for his association with the BNP, which is not mitigated by his anti-jihadism.Following links I found this from Lionheart:I have written posts in support of the BNP in the past which I will explain . . .Too much jumping to conclusions, too much mob mentality, too much uninformed, hair-triggered self-righteousness.
. . . within the BNP there is an internal struggle between what has been termed the modernizers and traditionalists.
The modernizers want to reform the party to take it away from its anti-semetic and white supremacist roots and make it more inclusive for the British people and thus make it a respectable electable political party within Great Britain.
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Being non-political a year ago I never knew the complexities of political parties and their origins, but now I am becoming aware of some critical things that I cannot support which is why in my mind since this rebellion started I removed my support of the present BNP which can be proved with documented evidence.
Articles on my blog supporting the BNP were written months ago when the only people out there doing anything about the Islamification of Great Britain were the people of the BNP. I support any good and decent British citizen who is a BNP member who is not a racist, neo-Nazi fascist . . . .
I personally reject, racism, fascism and neo-Nazism and would never knowingly support those traits because it is not who I am as a person.
To answer your question; do I support the BNP? No.
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Q. . . . The BNP charter claims that membership should be limited to whites only, do you support that?
A. No I do not support that because being whites only makes you a racist organization, I never wrote posts in support of the BNP because of this issue, I wrote posts in support of the BNP regarding other issues like the Islamification of my homeland, uncontrolled immigration and the injustice that is aimed at people like Mark Walker.
Q. Nick Griffin the party leader for the BNP has made some very anti-semitic statements. What are your views on Jews and on Isreal?
A. Putting my life on the line twice for Israel and its Jewish residents within the Holy Land, [?] and being a very vocal supporter through my blog should speak for itself.
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Q. And the holocaust?
A. The Holocaust happened during the Second World War and we should not let it happen again as is stated throughout my blog . . .
We need to stop the friendly-fire.
Private clarifications ought to precede public eviscerations.