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Calling for genocide

Calling for genocide

Two publications published items this weekend calling for genocide against Muslims. One was a blog post in The Times of Israel and the other an item in Charisma Magazine. Patheos reports:

From The Times of Israel:

The Times of Israel maintains an open blog platform: Once we have accepted bloggers, we allow them to post their own items. This trust has rarely been abused. We are angry and appalled that it was in this case, and will take steps to prevent a recurrence.

We will not countenance blog posts that incite to violence or criminal acts.

(The blogger concerned has issued a public apology for his post.

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Charisma Magazine deleted its article calling for genocide but has not issued an apology or made any statement about it:

Contrast that with what Stephen Strang and Charisma have done after publishing a similarly damnable, ignorant and appalling column late last week. That column, by Gary Cass, was arguably worse than the piece the Times of Israel removed. The Times blogger argued that genocide could be “permissible.” Cass argues that genocide is mandatory and divinely ordained.

After a Twitterstorm and other online criticism,* Charisma removed the post from their site late Sunday. Or, at least, the post is no longer there. We can’t know whether they intentionally removed it, or, if so, why — the article simply is no longer there. It’s just a broken link. (The column remains on the website of Cass’s right-wing “Christian Defense” group, and the hideous thread from Charisma’s comment section can still be found on Disqus.)

But while Charisma seems to have followed the first step of the process followed by the Times of Israel, Strang & Co. have not yet taken any of those other steps. Charisma has provided no comment, no explanation, and no apology.

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