Why The Democratic Daily’s Toleration of Anti-Semitism Matters

FBI crime statistics show that 68.5 percent of hate crimes motivated by religion were committed against Jews.

As our regular readers are aware, I left The Democratic Daily and started Liberal Values following Pamela’s efforts to excuse and minimalize Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic comments and history of anti-Semitism, and well as her trivialization of holocaust denial. These statistics are just one reason why this matters.

Anti-Semitism, as with racism (which accounted for the majority of hate crimes), isn’t something to rationalize or excuse. It is to be condemned. Period.

Update: At the request of another writer at The Democratic Daily I would like to repeat that this applies purely to Pamela and not any of the other writers at the blog.

Update II: Ginny has posted a response at The Democratic Daily. Her post is a highly inaccurate and dishonest spin on events but at least does bring out the point that Pamela had the goal of stopping me from posting on Mel Gibson. This was a developing story at the time with new events every day, but Pamela wanted me to stop my criticism of Gibson. Apparently, in their view, I was being myopic in seeing Gibson’s anti-Semitism as something bad. Sorry, I will not apologize for that. Nor can I condone Pamela’s initial defense of Mel Gibson, and her attacking me for sticking up for principle and condemning Mel Gibson and anti-Semitism. And yes Ginny, Pamela did edit things on the blog. and your claims to the contrary do not change reality.

I also note that, while I limited this to one issue, Pamela’s defense of Mel Gibson and her attacks on me for criticizing this, both Pamela and Ginny feel the need to both falsely cry libel and then show their true colors by adding in all sorts of personal attacks. At least it is out in the open. In a way that is better than the personal attacks they launched against me behind my back (with some notifying me) the last few months.

Ginny and Pamela have spread far too many lies about me to even attempt to respond to them all. Besides, that is not the point. The point remains sticking to principles in opposing anti-Semitism. Pamela first says she will not attack me at Democratic Daily, and then she and Ginny concoct this scheme to post a bunch of lies about me with the offer to take down their lies if I will take down my post. It’s not going to work, for while Pamela has been commenting all day, no where does she own up to her actions. No where does she acknowledge that it might have been wrong to defend Mel Gibson, that it might have been wrong to blind side me by siding with those who posted defending Gibson, that it was wrong to trivialize Holocaust denial, and that it was wrong to try to keep me from speaking out on these issues. Pamela and Ginny certainly have no qualms about trying to rewrite history and spreading a bunch of lies.

It is rather creepy that my criticism of anti-Semitism would be labeled an attack on The Democratic Daily and lead to such a barrage of personal attacks.

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    kj says:

    Ron wrote to Pamela above: Both kj and I have repeatedly tried to explain to you that the issue is not whether you are an anti-Semite but your toleration of anti-Semitism and your attacking me for criticizing anti-Semitism.

    Ron,

    You tried. I tried. For months. MONTHS.
    At the very least, we were rewarded for our efforts with irrational statements and out-right lies spread all over the web. Emails with details about my husband’s situation were sent to a group of people I’ve never heard of. But it’s over. Not the result I’d hoped for, but a result all the same.

    And while there is still a faint whiff of ammonia under the bridge, it’s nothing a little more scrubbing won’t eliminate. 😉

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    kj says:

    And, for the record, if I was as mistaken in my judgment that what I thought was friend could and would eventually communicate reasonably with me, after hours and hours and months of attempts, then I am undoubtably just as mistaken in my judgment of some others in the blogosphere.

    So, a blanket apology to all of those people. They know who they are.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    kj,

    I don’t think she wants to understand.

    As my post this week points out, the hate crimes is just one reason why it is necessary to speak out against anti-Semitism. In the midst of all the lies she is spreading, Ginny’s attack post at Democratic Daily does verify that behind the scenes Pamela was trying to get me to stop criticizing Gibson at Democratic Daily, despite both the importance of this and despite this being a major news with considerable discussion in the blogoshere. Even without seeing Pamela’s emails, and despite her editing, review of all the posts on the topic do show her trying to minimalize the significance and defend Gibson regarding his long history of anti-Semitism.

    In other words, they don’t have a leg to stand on in terms to responding to my actual criticism. Instead they try to change the topic. They falsely claim I am accusing Pamela of anti-Semitism or that (as is falsely stated above) that I have said things about “The Dem Daily and its contributors.”

    In other words, they don’t have the guts, or the honesty, to respond to what I actually said. Pamela doesn’t understand your explanations. She’d rather send emails and enter blog posts with her lies than to respond to the actual issue.

    And, of course, people who conduct themselves like this are not friends, or people we would want as friends. It was obviously a mistake to ever trust Pamela or work with her. Obviously we should have paid more attention to all the other people who will have nothing to do with her, and the other blogs she has been kicked off of. If she finally managed to find a few people to go along with her they can have a grand time together–until she starts to stick knives into their backs also.

    Someone sent me a quote which quickly summarizes our disagreement with those who wanted to prevent me from writing about anti-Semitism:

    All that is needed for the forces of evil to succeed is for enough good men to remain silent.

    –Edmund Burke

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    kj says:

    Ron wrote: In the midst of all the lies she is spreading, Ginny’s attack post at Democratic Daily does verify that behind the scenes Pamela was trying to get me to stop criticizing Gibson at Democratic Daily,…

    Among all the details of this months-long saga, I don’t think any of them have as much significance as the one above.

    The Holocaust was genocide. The Holocaust was mass murder. There is no “Yes, but…” when it comes to that subject. And no one should be shut down from speaking out against anything or anyone with the remotest ties to either denying the Holocaust existed or saying “Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Drunk, sober, sane or insane.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    kj,

    It’s a toss up as to which is worse–the admission in Ginny’s post that Pamela was actively trying to get me to stop criticizing Mel Gibson behind the scenes, or Pamela’s arguments with me in the blog comments (including defense of Gibson and taking the side of those who came to defend him). Even though Pamela did play games with the comments after the fact, her opposition to me criticizing Gibson can still be seen in a few of the threads there. Maybe even worse than all of this was her total failure to grasp the problems with Holocaust denial when we discussed this by email.

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