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1 CuriousLurker  Jan 20, 2015 8:07:21pm

This is good news—nice to see the haters lose influence. Thanks for posting it.

2 Charles Johnson  Jan 20, 2015 8:26:34pm

I hate to bring it up, but I have to ask - given your commenting history at LGF, what caused you to make what seems like a 180 degree turnaround, to posts like this?

Don’t get me wrong, I approve of the new direction and I don’t mean to seem overly suspicious, but this is quite a change.

3 electrotek  Jan 20, 2015 8:35:57pm

re: #2 Charles Johnson

I hate to bring it up, but I have to ask - given your commenting history at LGF, what caused you to make what seems like a 180 degree turnaround, to posts like this?

Don’t get me wrong, I approve of the new direction and I don’t mean to seem overly suspicious, but this is quite a change.

Charles, I’m glad you asked.

Personally, I’ve never liked Spencer or Geller, and I always hated them for the longest time. I can see why my posts in the past sounded no different from them, but I guess the easiest way I can explain it is that it was somewhat of an internal struggle I had.

I tried to oppose both Islamophobes and certain miscreants amongst Muslims whose antics help prolong the existence of the Islamophobes. And I felt I wanted to go at the root of the problem that allows them to thrive, by going after Muslims who do so. Instead, I end up making crass generalizations and it was partly fueled by my own sectarian bigotry I held.

What changed? I must say when Da’esh/ISIS took over parts of Iraq and Syria and realized that it was the sectarian bigotry of Nouri al-Maliki that gave rise to them, I had to take a step back and realized how detrimental it is to constantly try to separate Sunnis and Shi’as from one another. Notwithstanding the fact being that Da’esh/ISIS continue to kill fellow Muslims regardless of sect, and the fact that the Sunni/Shia clash is empowering these groups that brainwash normal Muslims into being sectarian bigots.

Sectarianism is a curse and must be dealt with. I have held past struggles which I continue to battle in one way or form, but in the end I’m only human but what will set me apart from others is the willingness to admit fault and figure out how to combat them.

I was a dick to some on here who didn’t deserve the treatment, and for that I am sorry.

4 electrotek  Jan 20, 2015 8:36:45pm

re: #1 CuriousLurker

Just wished it didn’t have to take the lives of 70 kids to do so.

5 CuriousLurker  Jan 21, 2015 12:20:12pm

re: #4 electrotek

As you just attested to in your #3 above, sometimes it takes witnessing bigotry or racism resulting horrible acts of violence & mayhem for people to wake up recognize their own. Others, like Geller, seem incapable of being moved by anything but their own bias & hatred.

I would add, as you also pointed out above, that people who lash out at others because they imagine that everyone is motivated by bigotry often create enemies where none previously existed. It’s incredibly counterproductive if one’s goal is fair & equal treatment for all.

Practice what you preach and all that—real respect is earned, not demanded.

There is no wealth like wisdom, no destitution like ignorance, no inheritance like refinement and no support like consultation. (Saying 54)

Do not regard an expression uttered by any person as evil if you can find it capable of bearing some good. (Saying 360)

Words are in your control until you have not uttered them; but when you have spoken them out you are under their control. Therefore, guard your tongue as you guard your gold and silver, for often one expression snatches away a blessing and invites punishment. (Saying 381)

It is enough for your own discipline that you abstain from what you dislike from others. (Saying 412)

Belief means you should prefer truth when it harms you rather than falsehood when it benefits you; your words should not be more than your action and you should fear Allah when speaking about others. (Saying 558)

—Sayings of Ali (a.s.) from the Nahjul Balagha


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