Reverend Stephen Sizer Uses British Police Against A Blogger.
For a number of reasons I hadn’t intended to blog for a few days, but the news that Reverend Stephen Sizer has used the British police to intimidate a blogger caused me great alarm and I felt I must comment.
I am not unduly worried for myself, as I am rather immune to threats or legal action, but this heavy handed police action was against one of my favourite blogs, Seismic Shock.
Seismic Shock in his blog covers many theological issues and particularly keeps an eye on the Far Right crossover with some marginal Christians and how barely concealed racism often comes in the form of “Anti-Zionism”, and is used against Israelis and Jews.
Certainly, Reverend Sizer wouldn’t care for bloggers who remind him that associating with Far Right and Holocaust Deniers is not a good idea.
I suspect that Reverend Sizer, much like the dictators in Tehran or Beijing, can’t take criticism because it exposes the darker side of his soul. It exposes his contempt for Israelis and Jews, it shows his ignorance and lack of sensitivity on the Middle East.
Whatever you think of the arguments put by Seismic Shock (and I find them convincing), whatever you think it is extraordinary that Reverend Sizer should actually use the police to intimidate someone, a blogger, that’s unheard of.
We all know of situations where major corporations have sought protection in the Courts against bloggers, but to send the police around to coerce a blogger, physically, is extraordinary.
To me it shows that Reverend Sizer is small minded, insecure and petty. He can’t deal with the arguments. Reverend Sizer can’t handle the criticism and so he tries to intimidate people, with the police.
Above all, it shows that Reverend Sizer has contempt for the notions of freedom of speech and debate.
All bloggers, and also those of a sincere religious persuasion or not, should stand up against Reverend Sizer’s bullying and strong-arm tactics, not only because it sets a dangerous precedent for bloggers, but also because it is profoundly wrong.
So Reverend Sizer, if you read this, you won’t intimidate me for “I too am Seismic Shock”**. Attack him and you attack all bloggers. I stand by him, sue me if you like.
Reverend Sizer, remember bloggers won’t be intimidated by you, the Courts, aggressive corporate lawyers or all the world’s dictators.
** Anyone familiar with the film, Spartacus, will understand the reference.