Setting The Record Straight
Campus Watch corrects false allegations made against it.
It isn't often that a critic who takes on an apologist for radical Islam joins the apologist in misrepresenting Campus Watch, but the anonymous blogger "Effendi," which means "lord" or "master" in Arabic, has managed to do just that. In a critique of Sunny Hundal's recent post at the Guardian, which I corrected last week, Effendi writes:
Campus Watch, of course, was never--and is not now (we clearly still exist)--"a campaign to identify and vilify Muslim academics" anywhere. This is itself a "patently dishonest" characterization of CW, which critiques Middle East studies without regard to anyone's religion or nationality. Over the years, we have critiqued Christians, Jews, Muslims, and standard-issue agnostics or atheists.
Moreover, CW does not "vilify" anyone: we offer rigorous critiques of the work and words of academics. We may even display a sense of irony bordering on humor at times. But vilify? Absolutely not.
(Posted by Winfield Myers)
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