First of all, I want to thank you all for reading this site for the past year. It is an unexpected surprise to me to see how many click over to Vlad T to see what is posted. Initially, I suppose about 4 or 5 years ago now, I started this to support the excellent work of three of my favorite sites, Gates of Vienna, The Religion of peace, and Klein Verzet, an English site out of Holland.
Since then I have had the opportunity to work at various levels with all these people and even film Geert Wilders at a speech and interview Robert Spencer a few times while he was in Australia.
I feel very lucky to have seen my path forged this way. It is largely also thanks to all of you who read here. Your encouragement, comments and many of you have also made donations to the site, much appreciated especially now that I have to run a VPS at the host company which is quite expensive compared to the nominal cost of a basic website that thousands of Muslims and leftists do not try to taken down.
The past couple of days posting has been a bit light. For a couple of reasons I have been needing a break of sorts. One might argue that intensity is inverse to duration and as I tend to work fairly intensely now and again one needs to idle down a touch for a bit.
But there are events that are important and need to be mentioned nonetheless.
The shutting down of Bare Naked Islam by WordPress. While I have been getting emails about this since it happened I wanted to investigate it before I said anything about it. Well I haven’t but Ill say something anyway.
As I understand it, WordPress suspended and possibly cancelled the site because of comments left there. These comments were threats that may have also carried the acid test of a threat, ‘immediacy’. In other words, if someone in a fit of rage says something about what they would like to see done to a person or group, well this may be allowable under some circumstances as it is part of the ordinary parlance of human speech. But if you say “I will do X to group Y tomorrow afternoon” then you have indeed, under US law at least, committed a crime.
It seems that WordPress is holding BNI responsible for the comments people leave on their site. Comments that one might assume are from people outraged at the actual events that Muslims do in the name of Islam around the world. However it seems also likely that these comments are planted by groups interested in eliminating voices of opposition to Islamic conquest, or of that is too harsh, voices which are critical of things sacred to Muslims. Much of the gossip around this issue seems to indicate CAIR. There may be a history there I don’t know yet. But it’s still very important to point out that BNI, a brother in arms one might say, has been silenced by wordpress will countless Muslim sites that demand the overthrow of Western democratic governments and so on remain active.
And now, I had better go hunting for comments left as bread crumbs for censors. If these comments were from genuine outraged readers, then I hope you will understand why I am deleting them. If they are from CAIR well what can I say except I hope you enjoy my next and most creative Koran-burning video yet.
To all of my readers, thank you again for all your support in every manner and we, the many contributors at Vladtepesblog wish you all the warmest and healthiest and most successful year so far in 2012
Yours in the pursuit of liberty
Eeyore for Vlad