Here is info from his official his written by himself:
"Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the FBI, the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the U.S. Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), the Justice Department’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council and the U.S. intelligence community. He has discussed jihad, Islam, and terrorism at a workshop sponsored by the U.S. State Department and the German Foreign Ministry.
Spencer is a weekly columnist for PJ Media and FrontPage Magazine, and has written many hundreds of articles about jihad and Islamic terrorism. His articles on Islam and other topics have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Examiner, the New York Post, the Washington Times, the Dallas Morning News, Fox News Opinion, National Review, The Federalist, The Hill, the Detroit News, TownHall.com, Real Clear Religion, the Daily Caller, the New Criterion, the Journal of International Security Affairs, the UK’s Guardian, Canada’s National Post, Middle East Quarterly, WorldNet Daily, First Things, Insight in the News, Aleteia, and many other journals. For nearly ten years Spencer wrote the weekly Jihad Watch column at Human Events. He has also served as a consultant to the Center for Security Policy, a contributing writer to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, and as an Adjunct Fellow with the Free Congress Foundation."
He has even been praised by Islamic Reform advocate Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “No one has upset the Islamophobia cabal more than Robert Spencer. First, he knows more about Islamic doctrine than they do. Next, he has outed all the tricks they use in their taqiyyah bag to disinform the public. Finally, and most importantly, Robert will not be cowed.” — Ayaan Hirsi Ali
So likely someone will be triggered by his very presence here. LOL
Seriously though, onto the quote itself. It is from a response he did years ago, probably as early as 2006 in response to British leftist author Karen Armstrong's whine-fest of a review, where she called it "hate" of one Spencer's books critical of the Sunni Islamic sources (Ibn Ishaq, Ibn Sa'd al-Baghdadi, Muhammad ibn Jarir al-Tabari, & the hadith collections of Bukhari and Muslim, all of which written centuries after the "prophet" died so they need criticism for that alone). The full quote Spencer used went as follows: "This is, of course, a familiar tactic of Leftists, jihadists, and those who sympathize with them: characterize any accurate report of their activities as "hatred." Never mind that my book works strictly from the earliest extant Sunni Islamic sources, and only reports what they say. If there is any "hatred" in it, it comes from Sunni sources, not from me. Reading this, I doubt Armstrong actually read the book. Or maybe she just wants to make sure no one else reads it."
Needless to say, I am in full agreement with Robert, having seen similar feedback in many places, the idea that criticism is on the level of bullying or hatred is an absurdity of the highest degree and needs to be called out and even ridiculed as the pathetic piece of outrage culture that it is. It is basically authoritarian censorship and shows these Far-Left and Islamist people only want to live in an echochamber, and I have just one response for that: www.deviantart.com/cambion-hun…
A more likely explanation of the phenomenon you describe is simply lack of debate skills in those you encounter. It would also be the height of hypocrisy to say that only the opposing side suffers from this inability to express themselves in a constructive manner.
If you say that the places you visit only have shouting matches and bullying, then I would suggest you find a place where debate is better structured because it means you're operating in a level that's below your abilities. To linger among those less competent is simply a power-trip that does not further your agenda. Unless your agenda is the same as the demagogue's, I suppose.
I hope this helps.
The caveat I am making, however, is that there are those who would have you believe that the fault lies entirely on the "other side" and that the shutdown tactics are an intentional, concerted effort rather than the result of inexperience. This makes the other side seem like they're acting in bad faith, which makes it easier to hate them. It also makes it harder to make progress towards an actual solution.
So those people, the demagogues, who are so often slapped on memes are the real problem. It doesn't matter where they stand politically. Their goal is personal gain and ego-stroking. We should always question people who hold that kind of rhetoric, even if (especially if, even) we agree with their views.
Make no mistake, "you're just calling me hateful as a shutdown tactic" is a shutdown tactic in itself. There are better ways of reacting to shutdown tactics.
Thanks for listening. Or reading, I guess.
I disagree on that a little, calling a spade a spade with some explanation is only what it is, calling a spade a spade. It is not a shutdown move on its own, especially if you can be civil and actually explain how the "hateful" card does not work. It is all about raising good points.
And I thank you for the civil discourse, Frankperrin. Always good to see. ^^
Take this shit down and make DA a better place. This trash belongs on your HDD and nowhere else.
You describe your comment. Also, awwww, is somebody butthurt? How cute. ROFL Also, thank you for proving Robert Spencer completely correct and things like this are Making DA Great Again. XD