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Reverend Stephen Sizer Uses British Police Against A Blogger.

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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.

He was silenced and intimidated by Reverend Sizer, read more at Engage.

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.

Reverend Sizer is a prize example. Understandably he’s touchy when people criticise him for sucking up to the theocratic dictatorship in Tehran.

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.

Written by modernityblog

23/01/2010 at 22:14

22 Responses

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  1. Thanks Spartacus🙂

    seismicshock

    23/01/2010 at 22:18

  2. Great comments, well said. As a blogger and a huge fan of Seismic, I wholeheartedly agree with you!!

    Stuart

    23/01/2010 at 22:35

  3. 🙂

    modernityblog

    23/01/2010 at 22:55

  4. Yes you are scum Sizer

    “We are all Seismic Shock now”

    You just made things a whole lot worse for yourself, Stevie Blunder

    Sizer is scum

    23/01/2010 at 23:30

  5. I am Spartacus and so is my wife. I have lifted the guest post at Engage and posted it completely onto my blog.

    Deadman

    24/01/2010 at 06:08

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  8. Voltaire Priest’s comment:-

    “I don’t know whether I’d say Sizer was personally anti-semitic. However he’s certainly a fool and a bully if he thinks this is the way to convince anyone to the contrary.”

    Couldn’t put it better. (Actually, I would change it to:- “He’s certainly a bully, and a fool if he thinks this is the way to convince anyone to the contrary”. But that’s it, in a nutshell.)

    http://shirazsocialist.wordpress.com/2010/01/24/holocaust-memorial-day-primo-levi-speaks-from-the-grave/#comment-27983

    Rosie

    24/01/2010 at 13:35

  9. Yeah Rosie, you’re right.

    He’s a bully who doesn’t understand that bringing the police into a blogger’s life is the last thing he should think about.

    modernityblog

    24/01/2010 at 15:32

  10. Thanks for the heads up Mod I hacve put up a post on this discraceful act.

    jams O'Donnell

    24/01/2010 at 18:21

  11. […] 3 comments Whatever the truth about Reverend Sizer’s political views, calling the police to deal with a blogging spat seems completely absurd. […]

  12. I’ll have to start following Seismic Shock’s blog — and posting info on Sizer on my site.

    After all, we Americans are beyond the reach of a fascist pseudo-Christian like Sizer.

    Rhymes With Right

    25/01/2010 at 00:41

  13. Thanks for the support.

    I do hope that more American blogs will post on this topic and highlight this attack on legitimate freedom of speech.

    modernityblog

    25/01/2010 at 01:06

  14. From p. 8 of Rev Sizer’s 2007 book “Zion’s Christian Soldiers” (published by Inter Varsity Press)

    “The battle over intellectual freedom is waged in universities on both sides of the Atlantic. Organisations such as Campus Watch and the Union of Jewish Students monitor staff and students and put pressure on the authorities to censure them.”

    You couldn’t make it up!!!

    Ohtheirony

    25/01/2010 at 13:45

  15. Cross-posted at my blog.

    newcentrist

    25/01/2010 at 14:36

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