JihadWatch, a vitriolic hate site run by pretend scholar Robert Spencer, has propelled itself to the forefront of the Islamophobic movement in the United States. The fear-mongering Spencer has used his hate site to demonize Islam and Muslims. To bolster his credibility, Robert Spencer had long ago issued an open challenge to “Muslims and leftists” to debate his ideas.
I accepted Spencer’s challenge to a debate on June 17th, 2010. Since then, several influential Muslim-American spokesmen have expressed their interest in such a debate between Spencer and I. This includes Ahmed Rehab (Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago), who issued a scathing statement against Spencer. However, it has now been over 135 days since I accepted Robert Spencer’s challenge. JihadWatch has generated excuse after excuse as to why this radio debate cannot take place.
The latest set of excuses was that I must reveal who I am before a debate can take place. Spencer issued this pre-condition knowing full well that I value my anonymity too much to do that. He naturally thought that this was a creative way to get out of a debate with me while at the same time saving face. Said Spencer:
Sorry, I don’t debate fictional characters or pseudonyms. “Danios of Loonwatch” can go debate Scot Harvath or Harold Robbins.
This is of course strange since Hugh Fitzgerald, the Vice President of JihadWatch since 2004, himself operates under an anonymous pseudonym. Fitzgerald is a co-administrator of the site, alongside Spencer. Is Fitzgerald then a “fictional character” who is only worthy of debate with Scot Harvath or Harold Robbins?
If that is the case, I challenge Hugh Fitzgerald–co-administer and Vice President of JihadWatch–to a radio debate. The topic will be Jihad, “Dhimmitude”, and Taqiyya (Stealth Jihad), namely chapters 1-4 of Robert Spencer’s book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades).
Hugh Fitzgerald of JihadWatch uses a pseudonym like myself, and he remains completely anonymous like myself. Surely two “fictional characters” are worthy of debating each other, right?
Now what excuse will be generated by JihadWatch to avoid this debate with LoonWatch? I can just see Robert Spencer’s brain churning in order to generate a reason to get out of this one. The truth is that JihadWatch is a bully, and as soon as someone steps up to a bully and delivers a solid punch to the mouth, the bully backs down like the coward he is.