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Why I Stood Up to a Bully

This Thursday, shit hit the fan as an online firestorm erupted over a retailer’s online bullying of a transgender comic book creator. I wrote the post about the issue, the “vindictive blog” in Larry’s own words. The reason I wrote the blog post was simple, a self-described leader of the comic book industry was cyber bullying someone online, and doing so with language that borders on hate speech. It’s ironic that this almost occurred on Spirit Day, when people are encouraged to show their support for the lgbt community.

I wrote the post because it’s the right thing to do. In my day job, I work in politics and one of the things I work on is getting better anti-cyber bullying laws on the books in states. It’s not easy and I’ll be the first to admit, it’s a difficult thing to do, balancing first amendment rights to free speech. But, much like in the current battle of Gawker vs. Reddit, free speech comes with a price. Larry has every right to be a “dick” (his own words) online, but I have every right to call him out for it. Furthermore, if he does want to take a leadership role in the comic book industry, he needs to act the part. Between this incident, and an earlier one, it seems lessons are not learned.

But, this particular issue bothered me. While I am not gay or transgender, I have many friends who are and working in the liberal/progressive political sphere I’m well aware of the abuse these individuals go through in their lives. Statistics are under-reported, but gay, lesbian and transgender people are more likely to be abused, assaulted or even murdered and these are hate crimes. Some think transgender individuals face a 1 in 12 chance of being murdered, though that number is in dispute. The Human Rights Campaign in their report shows that the actual numbers are disproportionate to other populations as well as under-reported or reported incorrectly. The TVT Project reports that 800 transgender people were murdered in the last four years. And here in Washington, DC where I live, there’s been a rash of assaults and murders of transgender individuals. Those statistics should get you to take notice and even the slightest intolerance should be called out for what it is.

And that brings us to the above two tweets by Larry Doherty. In Larry’s mind, his comments towards the transgender comic creator are the equivalent of the normal drivel he spews — hate and dislike towards sports teams or vitriol towards comic book publishers with which he disagrees in the direction they’re going or comics they’re publishing. Well, there is a difference. Last I checked, the bullying against corporations wasn’t resulting in real world violence or even death. Last I checked, corporations were not human beings. Human beings who deserve to be treated with respect. The same respect you, yourself, demand and expect.

Larry wants people to not be “sheep” and accept what’s fed down their throats by comic publishers. Well, here’s me not being a sheep. You Larry, are a bully. You’re not the shock jock you think you are, you’re a bully, plain and simple. Until you realize that and treat others with the respect they deserve, I will keep a watchful eye over you. This is the same I’d do for anyone in the comic book industry who posted similarly insane tweets and rants. This is a notice, not just Larry, but to all. The misogyny, the bigotry, the racism needs to stop in this industry.

There’s irony here. I’m not sure if your experience was like mine, but my interest in comic books, video games and Magic cards put me on the outside of the cool kids. I was one of the geeks. I was excluded and picked on. My interests were looked down upon and are even today as an adult. Now I have a platform, and judging by the reaction to my previous article, I can do some good here. Many of you agree with me and I hope we all can be more vocal. We have no right to exclude anyone from our hobby. To make them go through what many of us went through growing up. To do so is hypocrisy. To do so is to become the bullies we faced as kids.

I do believe the vast majority of the comic book readers are inclusive, and welcoming and like to share their hobby with others. It’s unfortunate there’s a vocal minority who have to drive solid voices away from the discussion. I think it’s all of our duty to call them out for it. I think you can consider this notice.

Updated: Larry Doherty and Larry’s Comics at it Again. This Time Hate Speech Towards Transgender People.

What started as a friendly discussion on Twitter about digital versus print comics quickly devolved into a string of hate speech and Trans Bashing between the owner of Larry’s Comics, Larry Doherty, and Christian Beranek, a self described “Comic book writer, geek girl and rocker.” The discussion started in a friendly nature.

But quickly devolved from there.

The issue with Larry’s response is the word “sir.” Christian is transgender. Meaning she identifies herself and lives day to day as female. So, you can see how the word “sir” might make one uncomfortable and is insulting and degrading. In fact Christian politely asks Larry to stop using the term.

But, Larry being the agitator he is, continues.

And…And…

And the insensitivity continued…

This is Trans Bashing and Cyber Bullying, no other way to put it. Larry was aware of Christian being transgender and continued to use the words “sir,” “dude,” “man” and “fellow” when referring to her. All terms belittling Christian. But, this isn’t the first time this behavior has come from Larry. In 2011, he also made insensitive racist jokes about the new Ultimate Spider-Man before the character was introduced and just rumored to be black.

This is the latest example of a comic book industry struggling with inclusion, whether that’s race, gender, sexual orientation, religion or gender roles. Mandy Curuso took to the internet to describe the harassment she experienced this past weekend at New York Comic Con. She described it as her “first truly skeezy experience at Comic Con.” And that’s the thing, this is a minority that’s causing these issues. The majority of fans are inclusive and welcoming and like sharing the hobby and entertainment they enjoy with others.

Unfortunately, incidents like this or what Mandy experienced don’t result in repercussions. The film crew Mandy dealt with will still get press passes and Larry will still have his ass kissed by publishers and creators who overlook his behavior that gives a black eye to the industry. When will we all say enough is enough?

Christian was kind enough to respond to my inquiries and provided the following quote about the incident:

Brett, I’ve been following Larry on twitter for awhile now. I appreciate his viewpoint as a retailer dealing with an ever-changing industry in which digital is becoming more and more important. Last night I made an admittedly cheeky comment about webcomics in response to a post about Marvel. It was meant to get a discussion going and it did. Larry is very passionate about print comics and often makes condescending remarks towards those of us who work in digital. Usually it rolls off but last night he called me ‘Sir’. I let pronoun misuse slide because I understand people are still getting used to me living as a female. I always ask the person to please make an effort to correct themselves and most times people are pretty cool about it. Last night Larry was not so cool.

Larry points out that print comic sales are rising. I think that’s great for the Big 2 and others benefiting from it. But there are loads of us who are working hard to tell different types of stories in different ways. Many of the people who make comics online have never even been to a comic book convention let alone a comic book shop. Many feel they are hostile environments. I think the “Boy’s Club” mentality of comics holds us back in a lot of ways. To be fair those who act this way are in the minority but they are extremely vocal and many of them hold positions of power.

I think manners and common courtesy go a long way. I’m not trying to censor anyone’s thoughts, I just think we’d have a much more pleasant and thriving community if we considered the lifestyles, backgrounds and viewpoints of other people.

Just take a moment and listen from time to time. People will surprise you and many times you’ll learn something new. Heck, Larry and others like him might even increase their business further because of it.

Thank you for the opportunity to have a say on this matter.

I would have reached out to Larry for a comment on the matter, but he’s had me blocked on Twitter for my opinions for well over a year.

Update: After numerous hours Larry has issued an “apology.” I have my opinion, but I leave it to you, the readers, to decide how truly heartfelt it is. And thanks for the shout out as the “vindictive blog” Larry and thanks for the traffic! *hugs*

Update 2: It seems Larry clearly doesn’t understand why this was an issue, deciding to make a joke about it all.

No Larry, it’s not the same thing, but thanks for showing us you can not learn a lesson and move on.

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The weekend is almost here and so is the Small Press Expo.  Who’s going?

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – Is Marvelman Closer Than We Think? -I figured we’d see him at the end of AvX, I was wrong.

Bleeding Cool – Understanding Ethnocrunching – How Racism Works In The Comic Industry -An interesting read.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Batman #0

IGN – Batman #0

CBR – The Shade #12

IGN – Team 7 #0

CBR – Team 7 #0

IGN – Uncanny X-Force #31

BlogCritics – Whore

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It’s Friday and the best part is it’s the last day of work before vacation!  Yay!  What will I be doing?  Reading all of the articles below!

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – When Is A Black Character Not A Black Character?Some folks read way too much into things.

Bleeding Cool – Edgar’s Comics: How An Artist’s Comic Collection Changed Comics Culture, And Became Worth $50 Million In The Process (Kickstarter Film)Kind of want to check this out.

MTV Geek – Stan Lee Creates Indian Superhero For Liquid Comics – I wonder how this compares to his other recent launches?

The Mary Sue – Casting Call For A New Geek Reality Show…From The Creators Of The Jersey ShoreShould I apply?

Southwest Riverside News Network – Murrieta Public Library invites teens to explore comic booksSounds like a cool event and great thing for a library to put together.

Kotaku – Here’s a New Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Fight Stick to Kick Galactus’ Ass WithCool looking controller.

Kotaku – Batman Gets Retro and New-School Looks in Arkham City Lockdown iOS Update – Should I get this game?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – Daredevil #7

MTV Geek – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1

CBR – Wonder Woman #4

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 12/21/11

The #comicmarket problem

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Yesterday, things came to a head on the #comicmarket discussion on Twitter.  #comicmarket was started by Larry’s Comics and a few others to foster discussion among retailers, fans, publishers, artists and writers in how to improve the comic book industry.  In doing so, it has become a public resource, growing each week.  It has become a public relations tool, showing off what the comic book industry has to offer.  Unfortunately, that came to a screeching halt, as the same Larry’s Comics who helped start the forum for discussion also belittled it and those who participate by posting what can only be described as racist comments.

The discussion began over the rumor of the next “ultimate” Spider-Man being black.  Larry thought it was a publicity attempt and then proceeded to post the following:

There’s no excuse for those comments.  They are unwelcoming to new participants, combative and racist.  Unfortunately the comments didn’t end there.  Some other “open minded” individuals piped in when a few of us called out the comments.

Just like race jokes, comments about AIDS also crosses a line.

There’s so many issues with this incident.  The first is the clear tone deaf reaction by Larry’s Comics.  He deleted the offending tweets not because they were wrong, but because he didn’t want to deal with responding to them.  But, that’s what he’s been doing all day today.

No it wasn’t a “good natured joke.”  It’s something you might say to your friends in the privacy of your home or store (if you choose), but in a public forum that represents us all it’s uncalled for.  Today Larry agreed it was “unprofessional and tacky.”

If that’s the case, why post it to begin with?  But Larry has decided to dig himself further into the ditch he created by posting this to numerous spots:

I think the old saying goes, “if your friends jump off a bridge, would you?”  Larry has in the past made inflammatory comments, it’s “who he is.”  But that doesn’t excuse them or his behavior.  When this same retailer wonders why he doesn’t have a lot of female customers he refers to the women as “chicks” in his attempt to discuss the issue. In the past he’s posted a photo of a topless woman, covering her breasts wearing Lantern rings to promote things.  That might have something to do with your “woman issue.”  Both are uninviting.  But, there’s also the use of “gay” to refer to “lame” things among other offenses.  Another retailer has referred to his staff member as a “pussy” on Twitter for various reasons I can’t remember.  That behavior is unprofessional.

The greater issue is, it’s a black eye for the #comicmarket.  As a whole the discussion has been positive, and a lot of great things have come out of it, but a few people can ruin something easily.  The discussion at times, beyond this incident, has been combative, negative and participants are dismissed due to their status of not being retailers.  Threats towards artists, writers and publishers that mimic George Bush’s “you’re with us or against us” pepper the discussion as if those tweeting are a La Costra Nerdstra.

We need open forums to foster discussion of a form of entertainment that’s barely surviving.  For as many steps forward we make there’s days like yesterday and today that take us back quite a few pegs.  As a whole we need to grow up and put the face forward we want the public to see, one of an industry an entertainment form that deserves to be around.

Bleeding Cool has further discussion on the topic as well as some more of the history surrounding past antics.

Catching Up on Reviews, Part 10 — Deadpool

Deadpool #33 (Marvel) – Without a doubt, Deadpool is the most over-exposed character in Marvel comics — maybe all comics — and it is seriously harming the quality of the work related to his name. His main series is still the best thing going with his name on it, but that isn’t saying much as most of the other related series are bad or terrible. This issue starts a story with Deadpool fighting the living moon Id while falling in love with some alien-cow thing or whatever. It’s not terrible, but it is pointless.

Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7

Deadpool #33.1 (Marvel) – Marvel seems to have decided to have Deadpool appear in a comic with everyone in their catalog, regardless of the lack of quality of those characters. This issue has him battling the Wrecker, who is one of the better characters they match him up with, but the art isn’t anything of value and the story isn’t great.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #34 (Marvel) – Back to the story of Deadpool vs. Id in space, seemingly an attempt to cash in on the “popularity” of Deadpool’s space tails in Deadpool Corps. The art isn’t terrible, but there are too many images here that should never have been drawn.

Story: 6.25 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool #35 (Marvel) – Carlo Barberi’s art is the best part about the series at this point, but that isn’t meant to be high praise. Luckily, the Id storyline ends with this issue.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #36 (Marvel) – Taskmaster is totally wasted here and the only really good joke here is a Leeroy Jenkins reference.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #37 (Marvel) – The concept is interesting, Deadpool attempts to commit suicide by Hulk, but it isn’t well-developed and the art is subpar.

Story: 7 Art: 6 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool #38 (Marvel) – How many issues does it take to play out a simplistic plot? And how overwrought can the art be for a Hulk-related story? Read this issue to find out the answers to these and other questions you didn’t know needed answering.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Deadpool #39 (Marvel) – Three issues, that’s how long you can stretch out a Hulk-related simplistic plot.

Story: 6 Art: 6 Overall: 6

Deadpool #40 (Marvel) – Barberi’s back to at least improve the art a bit, but the story isn’t that great and really seems to take Deadpool in an unfamiliar and unwelcome (and unfunny) direction.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool Annual # (Marvel) – I’m not a huge fan of Juan Doe’s art here, but it isn’t terrible. The story is an interesting continuation of the Spider-Man-Hulk cross-dimensional team-up, but it’s far from essential reading.

Story: 7.5 Art: 6.5 Overall: 7

Deadpool & Cable #26 (Marvel) – I guess this is meant to be a tribute to the history between Deadpool and Cable in the wake of Cable’s “death.” It doesn’t work.

Story: 6 Art: 5 Overall: 5.5

Deadpool Corps #10 (Marvel) – If you thought the Deadpool-Hulk team-up was drawn out, this pointless storyline with the Deadpool Corps saving or ripping off or whatever it is they’re doing on the planet of blue Avatar people is drawn out even longer. For no reason.

Story: 6 Art: 7 Overall: 6.5

Deadpool Corps #11 (Marvel) – One cool exploding villain scene and some more-than-adequate art is about all this issue has to offer.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool Corps #12 (Marvel) – I should give this one a higher grade simply because it’s the last issue of this waste of a series. But I can’t.

Story: 6 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75

Deadpool Family #1 (Marvel) – If you thought that the Deadpool Corps were bad when they were together, this issue breaks them up into their own individual stories. It’s worse than it sounds. When the highlight of the issue is zombie Headpool kissing Lady Deadpool (yes, zombie self-incest) with graphic gore and lots of tongue, you know you are in lots and lots of trouble. Quite possibly the worst comic from Marvel of the year.

Story: 2 Art: 4 Overall: 3

Deadpool MAX #5 (Marvel) – To be quickly followed up with possibly the worst ongoing Marvel series of the year. I will give Kyle Baker some credit for his art, which is stylized and, at times, not unpleasant (occasionally verging on great, but not too often). I can’t, however, give any credit to David Lapham, who continually does tasteless and unfunny MAX things in these comics so he can achieve the MAX guidelines or something. It bores me at its best. This issue is about as good as it gets (which isn’t a compliment), with a tale of a female Taskmaster who apparently trained Deadpool or some such thing.

Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5

Deadpool MAX #6 (Marvel) – This one manages to repeatedly insult not only the mentally ill — in extreme and unfunny ways — but also to include some of the most racist depictions of Arabs I’ve ever seen. Shame on Marvel.

Story: 1 Art: 1 Overall: 1

Deadpool MAX #7 (Marvel) – This issue is slightly better, in that it only manages to make fun of the mentally ill and leaves out Arabs. The art is still bad and the jokes are even worse. There are no redeeming qualities to most of the issues in this series.

Story: 1 Art: 2 Overall: 1.5

Deadpool MAX #8 (Marvel) – Ah, there are the racist Arab characters we missed in issue #7!

Story: 2 Art: 1 Overall: 1.5

Deadpool MAX #9 (Marvel) – Just when you thought that Kyle Baker’s art couldn’t get any worse, he’s replaced with Shawn Crystal’s art, which is worse. This issue decides to place anti-Arab and anti-mentally ill sentiment with blatant sexism. Yeah, that’s funny.

Story: 1 Art: 1 Overall: 1

Deadpool MAX #10 (Marvel) – Baker’s back and his art is better than it has been in a while. Offensiveness is replaced in this issue by boredom.

Story: 2 Art: 4 Overall: 3

Deadpool Team-Up #885 (Marvel) – Deadpool and Hellcow. Yep. That’s one of the dumbest ideas ever. At least it’s better than MAX.

Story: 3 Art: 6 Overall: 4.5

Deadpool Team-Up #884 (Marvel) – Deadpool and the Watcher in what is supposed to be a comedic adventure. I think. That’s what I pick up from the comic art.

Story: 2 Art: 6 Overall: 4

Deadpool Team-Up #883 (Marvel) – Deadpool, Herald of Galactus. Well, it can’t be worse than the rest of these recent issues. It also can’t be much better. I really used to like Deadpool. Now I’m not so sure anymore.

Story: 4 Art: 7 Overall: 5.5

Former Congressman Alan Grayson Sends Out an Email About Green Lantern, Race and Politics


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I’m a bit dumbfounded (and geeking out) on this one, but I was surprised to find this email in my inbox from former Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson.  The email has been posted below unedited (other than removing the unsubscribe link), hence the donation button and Salsa Labs logo:

Dear Brett:

The movie Green Lantern opened on Friday, to mixed reviews.  Maybe the reviews would have been better if the movie had included this powerful exchange, from Green Lantern #76:

African-American Man: I’ve been readin’ about you . . . How you work for the blue skins . . . and how on a planet someplace you helped out the orange skins . . . and you done considerable for the purple skins!  Only there’s skins you never bother with – the black skins!  I want to know . . . how come?!  Answer me that, Mr. Green Lantern!

Green Lantern:  I  . . . can’t . . . .

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I may never have the chance to talk to George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, or any of the other Masters of the Universe who led and misled our country for eight long years.  Nor may I ever have the chance to speak to Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other savage right-wing loons who want to finish the job that Bush et al. started.  But if I could, I might say:

Me:  I’ve been readin’ about you . . . How you work for multinational corporations like Big Oil. . . .  And how you say you built all those roads and schools and bridges in some country in Asia.   And in some other country in the Middle East someplace you got rid of some dictator.  Only there’s one country you never bother with – America!  I want to know . . . how come?!  Answer me that, Mr. Flag-Waiving Patriot!

Them:  I  . . . can’t . . . .

Well, I can answer that.  For a generation now, we have seen the heartless, callous erosion and destruction of all the things that make you a member of the middle class in America:

A job.

A home.

A car.

The chance to see a doctor when you are sick.

A pension or retirement account.

Social Security and Medicare.

And we’ve seen them replaced by endless war, falling home values, no pensions, lower wages, and now what Karl Marx called a “reserve army of the unemployed” – to keep wages down forever.

Even after only two years in office, as one out of 435 in the House, I can point to a lot of things that I did to preserve, protect and expand the middle class in America, and to help those of us who were falling through the cracks.

I look at our so-called leaders on the other side of the aisle, and I see nothing like that.  Only a perverse delight in eliminating programs that help my fellow Americans in need.  They’ll lead us, all right – they’ll lead us straight to ruin.

The next time you see one of them — at a town hall meeting, in their plush offices, or just on the street – ask them this:  “What have you done to help the people?  Answer me that!”

If they’re honest, they’ll say what Green Lantern said:  “I can’t.”

Courage,

Alan Grayson

In brightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.
Let those who worship evil’s might,
Beware my power: Green Lantern’s Light.

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It’s Friday, and there’s a nice mix of stories especially three solid ones looking at lawsuits, lgbt issues and racism.

Around the Blogs:

Newsone – Latest X-Men Movie A Symbol Of Comic Book Industry’s RacismWas Darwin that forgettable?

The Beat – THE LEGAL VIEW: The DCU Relaunch and the Superman Copyright It’s absolutely a factor and we’ll see how much so when it relaunches.

The Mary Sue – X-Men: First Class Screenwriter Confirms LGBT Subtext as Totally IntentionalI though about this throughout the movie.

Post Flashpoint:

IGN – Secret Six R.I.P.

Comicvine – Two More DC Revamp Titles: Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad and Blue Beetle #1

Con Coverage:

Fantagraphic Books – Oslo Comics Expo 2011 Photo Gallery

Around the Tubes Reviews:

IGN – American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest #1

IGN – Batman: Arkham City #2

IGN – Batman and Robin #24

IGN – Birds of Prey #13

IGN – Black Panther: The Man Without Fear #519

IGN – Crysis #1

IGN – Fear Itself: Deadpool #1

IGN – Fear Itself: Fearsome Four #1

IGN – Fear Itself: Spider-Man #2

Comic Book Resources – Ghost Rider #0.1

IGN – Ghost Rider #0.1

IGN – The Incredible Hulks #630

IGN – The Iron Age: Alpha #1

IGN – Journey Into Mystery #624

IGN – Ka-Zar #1

IGN – Mega Man #2

IGN – Morning Glories #10

IGN – Mystery Men #1

IGN – Netherworld #2

IGN – The New Avengers #13

IGN – PunisherMAX #14

IGN – Star Wars: The Old Republic – The Lost Suns #1

IGN – Supreme Power #1

IGN – Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #159

IGN – The Unwritten #26

IGN – Wolverine #10

IGN – X-Men Legacy #250

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 6/8/11

Color(ing) Gate


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Comic books have traditionally had issues with diversity, primarily having he-men white males as their protagonists.  Some work has been done in attempts to diversify, but absolutely more can be done.  This sore subject and the debate about diversity has ignited again over a coloring mistake.  DC Comics is the focus now due to their Free Comic Book Day Green Lantern give-away which also featured a preview of Flashpoint.  In the Free Comic Book Day version of the comic the below panel appeared.

The Flash Free Comic Book Day

Notice the white blond woman to the far right.  Below is the corrected version that appeared in the USA Today.

The Flash USA Today

Notice anything different? (Que “One of these things is not like the other”)

The character in question is supposed to be Jenni Ognats, the mixed-race character known as XS, granddaughter of Barry Allen.  According to Newsarama the colorist merely believed it was Jesse Quick, another DC character in the Flash family.

This has rankled some including the blog DC Women Kicking Ass which has covered in depth the issue of diversity in comics.  They’ve run two articles you can read here and here and hint at greater conspiracy.

Mistakes are made, often.  Sometimes in coloring, lettering and often continuity.  Sometimes a mistake is a mistake, nothing more.  I agree there’s not enough diversity in comics, but aren’t there times you just point out the goof and chalk it up to a mistake?  Mistakes happen, but to pile on and claim conspiracy/racism/whatever is a bit overboard in my mind.

I Respond to Avi Green About Islam and Extremism


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So Avi Green at Astute Bloggers in his post about the latest issue of Marvel’s X-Factor had this to say about me directly:

Brett Schenker, the blogmaster of Graphic Policy, is another disgrace and shame of an apologist for this propaganda that trivializes the seriousness of the subject. I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan? Update 2: speaking of which, Israel Matzav has word of another case in Libya similar to that of Logan’s (via The Jawa Report).

First Avi, thanks for the link, appreciate the traffic.  And now my response.  I absolutely don’t trivialize the seriousness of the subject.  The threat from extremists is real and I take it very seriously.  But those extremists come from all kinds of religions and backgrounds, they aren’t limited to one.  What I don’t take serious is close minded hate mongers who would rather focus their rage against an entire religion, instead of the extremists amongst them.  How about taking that rage and focus it on politicians who fought against giving the brave men and women, those first responders, the medical care they deserve?  I see 0 posts on that subject when searching your site.

But again lets take his other points, dissect them, and point out Green’s blind hypocrisy.

I wonder if he also sees nothing wrong with Muhammed’s marriage to an underaged girl or the violation of Lara Logan?

Marrying underage women is absolutely wrong and so is assault of any type.  That’s why I’ve also condemned Catholicism for it’s rape and molestation of young boys and girls, and it’s subsequent cover up.  Also, we can pretty much set aside all of Christianity if we’re looking at assaults.  The rise of Evangelical Christianity in Africa has caused an increase in attacks on homosexuals including arrests, torture and murder.  Websites with supposed homosexuals allows extremists to easily track them down and dispense “justice.”

I don’t condemn an entire religion due to the actions of a few, as shown above, we’d have to write off a lot more than just Islam.  This great site has a list of the various atrocities Christian extremists committed over the years:

As soon as Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire by imperial edict (315), more and more pagan temples were destroyed by Christian mob. Pagan priests were killed.

Between 315 and 6th century thousands of pagan believers were slain.

Christian Emperor Theodosius (408-450) even had children executed, because they had been playing with remains of pagan statues.
According to Christian chroniclers he “followed meticulously all Christian teachings…”

In 6th century pagans were declared void of all rights.

Emperor Karl (Charlemagne) in 782 had 4500 Saxons, unwilling to convert to Christianity, beheaded.

After the war ended (1229) the Inquisition was founded 1232 to search and destroy surviving/hiding heretics. Last Cathars burned at the stake 1324.

Estimated one million victims (Cathar heresy alone),

Other heresies: Waldensians, Paulikians, Runcarians, Josephites, and many others. Most of these sects exterminated, (I believe some Waldensians live today, yet they had to endure 600 years of persecution) I estimate at least hundred thousand victims (including the Spanish inquisition but excluding victims in the New World).

Spanish Inquisitor Torquemada, a former Dominican friar, allegedly was responsible for 10,220 burnings.

The “island’s population of about eight million people at the time of Columbus’s arrival in 1492 already had declined by a third to a half before the year 1496 was out.” Eventually all the island’s natives were exterminated, so the Spaniards were “forced” to import slaves from other caribbean islands, who soon suffered the same fate. Thus “the Caribbean’s millions of native people [were] thereby effectively liquidated in barely a quarter of a century”. “In less than the normal lifetime of a single human being, an entire culture of millions of people, thousands of years resident in their homeland, had been exterminated.”

A total of maybe more than 150 million Indians (of both Americas) were destroyed in the period of 1500 to 1900, as an average two thirds by smallpox and other epidemics, that leaves some 50 million killed directly by violence, bad treatment and slavery.

In many countries, such as Brazil, and Guatemala, this continues even today.

Not to mention hate crimes, rapes and murders today that are committed by followers of “Christianity.”  Every religion, country, peoples have committed atrocities, many continue to do so.  If Green doesn’t want to be a hypocrite, how about he joins my call and condemn it all?
Update: As pointed out by a few that this post might come off as anti-Christian, in reality that was the easiest of information I could dig up online and think.  Here’s 8 more crimes committed in the name of religion.  People of all religions have done horrible things, and you can’t condemn an entire belief system due to the actions of a few.
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