Just Stop Digging, Dude

Robert Spencer is mad at me:

The hapless Adam Serwer in the Washington Post lies outright when he says that "most of Geller and Spencer’s blogging consists of attempts to tar all Muslims with the responsibility for terrorism....assigning collective blame for an act of terror through guilt-by-association." In ten books, hundreds of articles, and over 25,000 blog posts, I have never "attempted to tar all Muslims with the responsibility for terrorism," and challenge Serwer to prove his claim. In reality, I have stated on this site since it began in 2003 that "any Muslim who renounces violent jihad and dhimmitude is welcome to join in our anti-jihadist efforts."

That's right. Spencer's not holding Muslims collectively responsible for terrorism. He's just saying that if you're a Muslim, you just have to prove you're not a terrorist first and then Spencer will be your friend. Not that Spencer should be required to renounce his devoted fan Anders Breivik as the price of admission to polite society. 

I've focused thus far on the faulty logic of anti-Muslim writers like Spencer, but the other reason people shouldn't listen to them is they aren't very smart. Spencer should go back to writing about how the Muslim Brotherhood arranged Anthony Weiner's marriage to Huma Abedin -- I can hear the cranks nervously balling up their tinfoil hats in anticipation.

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