What's Wrong with Beliefnet?
I was therefore truly dismayed that they have now chosen to feature the blog of Kathy Shaidle on their website. Kathy was, until now, a Canada based blogger little known outside of the Catholic blogosphere. Her blog is named "Relapsed Catholic" and chiefly consists of large doses of venom directed against Muslims and Islam in general. She panders to that extreme minority that believes that Islam is the root of all evil. In short, a pest best ignored. But by affording this Islamophobe the chance to spread her vitriol, Beliefnet has greatly erred. She has now access to a large readership with little in the way of balance in opinion.The simply brilliant Antonia Zerbisias says it better than I ever can:
In issuing their fatwa on the Muslims who are calling for the heads of people whose mightiest weapon is the pen, the North American pyjamahadeen have gone too far, using the incident as another reason to bash Muslims and sow further divisions between what are already "clashing civilizations."
It's like they have been waiting for just this opportunity.
Case in point: Toronto-based blogger Kathy Shaidle (a.k.a. Relapsed Catholic) whose religious politics would have easily qualified her as chief judge and bonfire builder during the Spanish Inquisition. The woman never misses an opportunity to insult Islam. And so, it was hardly surprising that, not only did she publish the offending cartoons, she giddily took up the torch and ran with it.
On Sunday she posted a Tom McMahon cartoon claiming that when it comes to skyscrapers Muslims "destroy" them, and when it comes to cartoons Muslims "riot about them" — as if this applies to every single Muslim every single minute.
Why she doesn't call her blog the Daily Auto Da Fe — for the public burning of heretics in Spain — is beyond me.
The cartoon uproar has merely added fuel to her fire, one she and others of her ilk had been hoping for ever since the calls for Muslim blood over the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 calmed down.
I have written to Beliefnet and have expressed my outrage in strong terms. I believe that if enough of us make our displeasure known, there is a strong possibility that she may get the pink slip. For a website that prides itself on a non partisan approach, Beliefnet has really messed up. Let us help them make amends.
(editor's note: Haters take note. We allow your comments to be posted here (with some exception; we do not allow profanity, harassment, and some other things. All commenting is at our discretion and we reserve the right to edit or delete). Kathy Shaidle, on the other hand, doesn't allow commenting on her blog, while she does cyber-pound on the head of anyone who dares disagree with her. And sends out her attack poodles to boot. WWJD, anyway? Thanks for pointing more readers our way, Kathy.)