As part of the continuing attempt to blame the “right wing blogosphere” for the shooting and bombing in Norway, two Norwegians take to the pages of The NY Times (h/t Left Coast Rebel) to decry the cabal of right wing bloggers and other supposed Islamophobes.

Notice how easily they include even feminists, presumably because anyone who speaks out against the abuse of women in Islamic countries or under strict Islamic law must be Islamophobic:

The global Islamophobic blogosphere consists of loosely connected networks of people — including students, civil servants, capitalists, and neo-Nazis. Many do not even see themselves as “right-wing,” but as defenders of enlightened values, including feminism.

A point I made the other day is that speaking out against the violence of the Islamists and Islamic radicals is not the same thing as calling for violence against Muslims or Islamophobic.  These authors blur that distinction, and thereby leave themselves no moral ground on which to stand because they then necessarily stand by the side of those whose conduct they otherwise would condemn if committed in the name of Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion.

It this very tendency which leads to situations such as in Malmö, Sweden where leftist politicians find themselves incapable of standing up to anti-Semitic violence committed by Islamists because of a shared hatred of Israel.

The violence in Norway deserves to be condemned, and police should investigate anyone suspected of having violent tendencies.  But to lump feminists and those who seek the supremacy of civil society in with Neo-Nazis shows the intellectual bankruptcy of the smear campaign against the “right wing blogosphere.”


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