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Robert Spencer and the disappearing articles

6 January 2011 General 2 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

by Sheila Musaji

On December 21st, Robert Spencer posted an article on Jihad Watch entitled London: Flight returns to terminal after Muslim starts praying in aisle, won’t take his seat.  The article opens with the claim that “This seems to be a fairly clear provocation—maybe the praying man is hoping to provoke a “discrimination” case that will establish that praying Muslims may have the run of the airplane.”

The problem with this story is that Spencer, as is often the case, has all of his facts wrong, and that the conclusions he draws from those “facts” are purely paranoid fantasies.

It seems that the actual story (from numerous news articles from around the world) was that a Christian man who wore dreadlocks, was dark skinned and was from a Caribbean Island left his seat and knelt in the isle and began reciting the Lord’s Prayer out loud in English as the Air Malta plane began to take off from Heathrow airport headed to Malta.  The man was asked to return to his seat, refused, and this concerned passengers and crew, particularly because the man had an orange plastic shopping bag in his hands.  The plane returned to the terminal and the man was arrested.

The article has subsequently disappeared from Spencer’s site with no explanation, however, it can still be seen on a web cache.

This method of throwing out some anti-Muslim claim, then simply removing it from the website is not new to Spencer.

For example, in our lengthy article collection on Robert Spencer we have noted:
– The existence of website url’s “f**kallah.com” & “f**kislam.com” which redirected people to Spencer’s Jihad Watch site and which Loonwatch first brought to the attention of the Muslim community.  After Loonwatch noted these sites, the redirection to Jihad Watch suddenly stopped and Spencer denied having any involvement in the two sites.  The two sites still exist but now take visitors to another sitewith photographs of the 9/11 tragedy.

It would be possible to have at least the possibility of believing that this man at least genuinely believes the nonsense he spews about Islam and Muslims if he printed a retraction.  When instead he engages in this sort of devious behavior, it becomes obvious that his motivation is more likely fleeting fame or financial gain.

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  2. Why in the hell should I believe you??? You thwart issues to your hearts’ content and you moan and groan and make the world believe that you muslims are persecuted around the globe. What you don’t say is how much your presence in many countries of the world is not unwanted and how much you muslims if you don’t get what you want as you perceive it as a right you start barking and hollering at the west. All you want is actually complete control of the world. Hope I won’t live to see that day. You have your own islamic countries – live in them and let us live in peace. And btw since we’re in this context – let christian/coptic minorities live in peace since they are not arrogant people expecting that they should rule over muslim majorities, the way muslim minorities are pretending in western non-muslim nations.

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