I remember this Wahabi stuff from some time back, but it just never gets old.
Actually, this is one of the truly great lessons that I learned from Mark Steyn himself-that you need to own-absolutely own all of the nasty things that people say about you.
It's so liberating, and if you own it, it becomes laughable and even enjoyable. By doing so, you become immune to the criticism and are then liberated from concern about it, fear of it and can just carry on and do your own thing.
It's reducto ad Steynsurdum!
Plus, just as you can judge a person by who their friends and enemies are, so too, can you form an opinion of someone based on what is being said about them by whom.
Steyn also quotes an artist/writer with a very pithy line, and I'm really pissed off at myself that I didn't think of it first.
You don't support freedom of speech unless you support freedom of hate speech.
This is 100% correct. Great turn of phrase.
Do read the whole post.