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The Freepers Doth Protest too much Methinks

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My last editorial http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_steven_l_051231_the_fight_over_the_i.htm was partly dedicated to exposing the dichotomy of the right toward the people of Iraq (They want Democracy for them, but in practically the same breath they express hatred toward all people of Islamic faith). It struck a nerve with the folks over at Free Republic. It was reposted over there by someone calling themselves 'Water Tart' and it promptly garnered over 110 mostly angry or sarcastic responses. As I read through them (I always read responses to my articles, if I can find them, and respond if the forum in question allows) I became more and more convinced that my original thesis was correct. It is interesting that even when confronted by an ugly truth about themselves, most Freepers responding couldn't resist an additional slap at Islam. There were a few surprising bright spots. One Freeper mentioned that it doesn't help the troops or their cause to talk about nuking Arabs.

A surprising amount of the posts were also geared towards me as a person. Because none of the Freepers know me, and very little is out there on the net about me aside from my miniscule bio here on OpedNews, the incorrect assumptions made by the Freepers made for some much appreciated comedy for my wife and me. The Freepers assumed I was young (I am a grandfather); they asserted that I should join the military and learn something (I am an Air Force veteran). Freepers, here is a hint for you. I know you all are anti-Intellectualism, but there are these things called 'Logical Fallacies'. You guys are guilty of violating several of them in virtually ever thread on your site, most notably, Straw man and Argumentum ad Hominem. See http://www.nizkor.org/features/fallacies/ for more info, you really ought to spend some time studying them. They also said that my criticism of them was prompted by my being banned there a few years ago. It is true. Democrats and their views are not tolerated on Free Republic. After one post (and about 30 seconds) I was banned, or 'Zot-ted' as they call it over there. So, I created an alias and have been studying the Freepers ever since. Studying the Freepers is important for Democrats because I believe it shows what the right most half of the Republican electorate is really thinking (Senator John McCain is too liberal for them, for instance). I post on occasion. I confine myself to writing things that are non-partisan and I never say something I don't believe. As I said, I don't post frequently.

Getting back on point, I think the reason the Freepers got into such a tizzy over my article is because it made them look at themselves and they didn't like what they saw, which isn't surprising. Most racists, unless they are the hardcore type, don't like being called racists. Racists always come up with excuses or justifications for what they say or do. Sorry, Freepers, most of you are bigoted racists toward people of the Islamic faith and nothing in the 110+ list of responses said anything to suggest otherwise. I'm glad my articles reached you and made some of you think about yourselves. Political differences is one thing, this hatred of Muslims is disgusting.
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