Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Charles Johnson Bails Out on Hate-Wingers

I wouldn't believe it if I didn't read it, though there have been noises coming out of his section of the internet for a while now, but Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs "fame" has repudiated the Right.

I'm not going to link to it. I don't link to LGF, and one tolerable post won't change that. I will, however, quote the post.

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)

8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)

9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)

10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)

And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.

I won’t be going over the cliff with them.

Sorry, but unlike AmericaBlog, I'm not feeling particularly forgiving.

Charles, you need to come to terms with your own complicity in this. You led them to the cliff. You beckoned them on at every turn. You ruthlessly attacked anybody who questioned the road they were following. You were a standard-bearer for this whole idiot hate-filled army. The xenophobic hatred you fostered on your own site alone is sickening at best. YOU are partially responsible for this, in a very real sense.

No, Charles doesn't deserve forgiveness. He doesn't deserve redemption. He doesn't deserve a place with the people who have been fighting this crap since the beginning.

He may, perhaps, earn it.

But not today.

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