Wherein Robert Spencer wants to pay me a visit

This was the tail end of a rather long email exchange, this particular one occasioned by Pamela Geller’s praise for the urinating Marines. I’m generally against publishing emails, but this alarmed me and I want it out there in case he pulls a stunt. Spencer will likely cry foul, but he’s free to publish the entire exchange if he likes. I will do myself if he tries to use selective quotation to smear me. The email exchange began when he mischaracterized some things I said on Twitter, and I contacted him requesting that he amend his post on his blog.

Most recent first:

Spencer wrote:

On the contrary, you are the one who has ignored reasonable questions I asked you and brushed by substantive points I made in response to your own points. Then you accuse me of being incapable of reason? You have a fine capacity for projection.

What will you do at Holy Cross if I come up to you? Howl for the police? I shall bring a video camera in case you decide to play the faux-victim game of which your colleagues are so fond.

On Jan 12, 2012, at 1:10 PM, Caner Dagli wrote:

Incredible. You couldn’t even rise to saying, “Maybe what she wrote is in bad taste.”

Under no circumstances should you try to contact me if you visit Holy Cross. These last few exchanges have shown me that you are incapable of reason. At best you are a dupe, and worst just a standard issue hypocrite.

On Jan 12, 2012, at 1:00 PM, Robert Spencer wrote:

With what? That this is the infidel interpretation of the Islamic ritual of washing the body to prepare it for burial? Actually I doubt that that is what these Marines had in mind. Geller is of course engaging in satirical hyperbole, which she does with verve and bite. Leftist writers often engage in something analogous to this, although none of them are as intelligent, quick-witted or talented as she is, but when she does it, they suddenly become blunt literalists incapable of recognizing satire or irony, and schoolmarmishly insist that she assuage their hurt feelings.

In any case, I certainly did not recommend you meet her, but only asked if you had done so, since you seemed to know all about her real beliefs and motivations. In fact, she is an individual of extraordinary vision and perceptiveness, with a courageous and indefatigable commitment to freedom. I am proud to know her and work with her.

On Jan 12, 2012, at 12:31 PM, Caner Dagli wrote:

So you still think I need to meet Geller before coming to some kind of judgment about her?

“I love these Marines. Perhaps this is the infidel interpretation of the Islamic ritual of washing and preparing the body for burial.”

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