Harry’s Place blogs and the BoD complaint…a comparison
4th October 2011
Dr Sizer posts a link on his Facebook page to the racist website ‘The Ugly Truth: Zionism, Jewish extremism and a few other nasty items making our world uninhabitable today’. No one, including Dr Sizer, denies the posting of the link or the anti-Semitic nature of the website.
16th November 2011
The following complaint is sent to Christopher Hill, Bishop of Guildford:
From: Nick Howard
Sent: Wednesday, 16 November 2011 22:05
To: Mary Morris
Subject: Message for Bishop Christopher
I am writing to appeal to you to suspend Rev. Stephen Sizer from his duties as vicar of Christ Church, Virginia Water.
Although I feel there are many grounds for such a severe action, I want to focus on just one, which is his use of Facebook. As you will know, the Bishop of Willesden was suspended last year after making inappropriate comments about the Royal Family on Facebook. Yet Rev. Sizer has recently used Facebook in a much more disturbing and offensive way.
On October 4th he posted a link on his Facebook page to an anti-Semitic hate website called ‘The Ugly Truth: Zionism, Jewish extremism and a few other nasty items making our world uninhabitable today’. The website greets its visitors with unbelievably racist cartoons (see the attached example).
The specific article recommended by Rev. Sizer is accompanied by a cartoon by the Brazilian cartoonist ‘Latuff’, runner-up in the notorious 2006 Iranian ‘International Holocaust Cartoon Competition’. As you can see from the attachment, it is appallingly insensitive.
Rev. Sizer might claim that the particular article he recommended is not in itself anti-Semitic. Yet it cannot be denied that the website hosting the article is anti-Semitic. Rev. Sizer has directed his 800 Facebook friends, without any word of warning, apology or qualification, to a website whose banner claims that Zionists (that is, patriotic Israelis) make ‘our world uninhabitable’. This extreme hostility towards Israel, which lies far outside the boundaries of respectable debate about the Middle East, would immediately be recognised by Jewish people as anti-Semitic, even without the above-mentioned cartoons which put that beyond doubt.
I am sorry to have to bring such disturbing material to your attention, but I hope you will agree that it gives you the opportunity to take decisive action to uphold the reputation of the Church of England. If the Bishop of Willesden’s inappropriate use of Facebook merited suspension, how much more does Rev. Sizer’s.
Revd Nick Howard
The BoD’s complaint, evidence page
4th October 2011
Rev Sizer posted a link on his Facebook page to an openly antisemitic
website The Ugly Truth7, whose Home Page masthead clearly and
unambiguously proclaims its message to be:
Zionism, Jewish extremism and a few other nasty items making our world
Here is an example of the typical content for this site:
“As with all mixed blessings, we, the jackasses of humanity, can take solace in
the fact that the continued belching of such foul, sulphuric comments from
more and more Jewish leaders worldwide will inevitably result in a muchneeded clearing of the air, and hopefully–not just an enduring, but indeed–a
14th October 2011
Rev Sizer posted comments on his blog from Helen Thomas, the former White
House correspondent forced to retire after telling Jews in Israel to go ‘home’ to
Poland, Germany or America9. He prefaced the comments with:
“Helen Thomas is one gutsy 90 year old lady to take on the Israel Lobby.”
And ended them with “Bring it on.