First off, I am fond of Fusun Atalay, despite the furor over her comment and the following dust up that paints this thing as all one way or the other. She has never written a word to me that smacked of racism or anti-Semitism. I feel, and this is my own opinion forged from the vitriol that has ensued, she tried to do something that failed miserably and instead of thinking it through and making the proper corrections or additions to explain the point of view she was hurt and lashed out.
Second, and really this is a tie for first, Sally swift is one of the best contributors to this site and has long been both a favorite and a friend here. I will not and would not contenence and of the trash spewed by our resident right wing troll (whom I still suspect is someones alter ego) .
What was said by the whole group is that bigotry is okay as long as you share my personal prejudices, refering to the attackers and not the authors. I find it odd that certain nom des plumes only seem to appear when they find fresh blood floating around here too.
Here's the thing for me, I can't see any difference between the the two, RW's hate and all of the other hate. I see people that I respected and thought were my friends here lashing out with all of the vitriol and bigotry of a Klansman. The only difference in my eyes is that one used a foul and offensive term for a particular race and religion and the others used epithets that define those who hold those as pure, pre meditated evil.
Both are meant to strip the hide from the hated persons, to deny their humanity. To demean and belittle and promote hate of the targeted ones. Well forgive me for thinking that it is hatred that is evil and not caring who is the hater or the hated. We are all deserving of a chance to see the errors of our ways and I include myself in the ranks of the imperfect.
Sally, I love you and I hope you don't see this as supporting any form of hate but, if you choose to disown me then I will be very sorry because I value your friendship, Fusun, I think that you tried to make a point but, like so many of my own words, the triggers to anger were involved and despite the desire to communicate you were tricked into a false position. I do not believe your intentions were understood by most and the few that wanted to spill some blood began puttting ideas into your words that fit their needs.
Holly, you may agree with EP2 but I find her to be as bigoted as anyone here and find that the use of a false identity is most often to keep the real person from being known. The only way that she could be totally correct here is if she lives inside the mind of Fusun and that is not possible.
Assumptions are almost always incorrect and the rare occasions when they do jibe with reality are no more than luck. So rip me apart, do what you want, unlike many of you I don't edit my comment thread unless it becomes threatening or false.