Hmm…sounded interesting. Was this an attempt to stop the Holocaust deniers or the Islamophobists? After all, the Crown Prosecutors are definitely equal opportunity silencers.
So my friend googled the story and here’s the lead paragraph [the emphasis is in the original post] he happened upon at the Infidel Blogger’s Alliance:
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I think it is important to note that these two men, apparently, went through a trial for hate speech, were convicted, fled, and sought asylum in the U.S., and yet, we never heard word one from the BNP, the CVF, Baron Bodissey, or any of the Lionheart supporters.
What do you think of that?
Well, darn it all! What I think is that I never should have sent my Superwoman cape to the cleaners. Then I would be sitting here wrapped in it and able to find stories I didn’t know existed.
My reaction on reading this huffy paragraph was to laugh. We’re supposed to know everything that goes on in Europe? Cool. Didn’t know we were that powerful.
So how come it’s just the Baron that gets a mention for his sins of omission? What am I, chopped liver?? These guys at ibloga are obviously misogynists.
This isn’t the first time they’ve done something similar. For example, here is part of the mission statement as it appears on their sidebar:
All of us, every single man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth were born with the same inalienable rights; to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…
When this manifesto first appeared, it only mentioned the men having any inalienable rights. When I brought this to their attention, they were kind enough to include women and children in their statement.
And at another time, they had cheesecake on the sidebar. Pamela Geller (who was one of their choices for “Infidel Babe”) and I suggested that an “Infidel Hunk of the Week” was in order to match the scantily clad women. Equal opportunity and all that. Again, they obliged.
Since our heated parting of the ways, I haven’t been over there, but today I saw that they have a gurrl guitarist up at the moment. However, the photo of the ever-yummy John Bolton is gone. So sad.
I can’t recall what the brouhaha was about that caused us to depart the Infidel Bloggers. I only remember that it was heated and ugly and I was ready to go before the Baron was. He’s a more hopeful kind of person, even given his experience with Chas.
When the Baron returns, he’ll remember chapter and verse of this old song. He has a retentive memory, though he shrugs off old enmities. But when I shrug off unpleasantness, the experience seems to leave, too. It’s one of the small (oh-so-very-small) advantages of chronic, complex PTSD. No matter what, you just can’t retain the ugly stuff.
On the other hand, I do remember the mess with Chazzer because he tried so hard and so repeatedly to cause harm to the anti-jihad movement in Europe. Fortunately, despite his size in America, in Europe he’s like us - viewed as merely one more American blogger who doesn’t “get” Europe or Europeans. The difference is that we like them furriners, in fact we consider them crucial allies in the war on the crazies.
Ah well…water under the bridge.
Meanwhile, those two seeking asylum in the US appear to be ex-BNP members. They were kicked out for their sins. Here’s a wiki on one. I’m sure our English readers will see the name “Simon Sheppard” and know the story.
The other asylum seeker is Stephen Whittle. According to this up-to-date Wikipedia source, the two of them are in Santa Ana Prison for the nonce, waiting to see what the feds decide to do with them.
My guess? They’ll be seeing Heathrow before too long.
My opinion? People have the right to say what they want (with the usual proviso about crying “fire” in a crowded building). When government arrogates unto itself what is a God-given right, government has done something evil.
As Frederic Bastiat warned us:
“The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else.”
In other words, if you gore my bull, I get to kill yours. We have regressed to an old disorder.