David James first launched his cyberstalking campaign against Roberts with an LTE to the News-Miner back on April 12th. James was all butthurt because Roberts listed both Rushdoony and the Chalcedon Foundation he founded as “likes” on his Facebook page. David James has arbitrarily decided that, in his words, Rushdoony was a "racist who opposed biracial marriage, a violent-minded bigot who advocated the death penalty for gays, lesbians and incorrigible children, and an anti-Semite who denied the Holocaust and claimed that those who say Germany slaughtered 6 million Jews are bearing false witness against that country. The Chalcedon Foundation has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center for continuing to maintain these positions".
Of course, the SPLC considers anyone to the right of Mark Begich to be a hatemonger. In fact, some of us "hatemongers" consider the SPLC hate designation similar in status to a decoration earned in military service. In a follow-up comment to another DNM story, Lance Roberts denied that Rushdoony is a Holocaust denier:
Lance Roberts April 19th 8:37 A.M:
....He never denied the holocaust, he just quibbled with the numbers, as many others have done. It's sad people have to libel someone for trying to get more accurate numbers (no idea if he was right or not). We all know there was a holocaust because of the many, many american troops who saw the death camps for themselves. Check out Band of Brothers.
By the way, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial doesn't accept the six million figure either. As of December 2010, they had only certified the names of four million Jewish victims, although they expect the number to increase as research continues. I wonder if David James considers Yad Vashem to be anti-Semitic? In any event, Alaska Dispatch decided to pick up this story, and Craig Medred was reasonably fair, publishing the following email response from Roberts on April 18th:
"I have no problem quoting a Christian like him, as I am a Christian and won't be apologizing for being one," he wrote. "I don't see there being a problem with someone attacking my faith in Fairbanks; that's most of what they attacked when I got elected, and most voters saw through it. If they don't next time, then I'll have more free time."
Roberts also defended the founder of Chalcedon against accusations that he was an anti-Semite. "He's certainly no anti-Semite," Roberts said. "If you look at the SPLC's (Southern Poverty Law Center's) hate group list, you'll find a ton of Christian, Catholic and pro-life groups in there. Their strategy is to pick obvious hate groups like skinheads and the KKK and mix in the conservative groups to try and force the association in people's minds. Rushdoony was also big in the homeschool movement when it was getting started so that brings out the liberal ire." Roberts continues the discussion in the comments to the article, where James engages in outright bullying and abusive behavior.
Yet despite this, David James decided to launch a fresh attack on Lance Roberts, which reveals absolutely nothing new. James could care less about Roberts' positions on pertinent issues such as public safety, transportation, and education, instead obsessing with one relatively obscure Christian theologian. But the next time a progressive actually concerns itself with a pertinent issue will be the first; don't forget that it was a progressive who decided a logo on a windbreaker constituted an "ethics violation".
Lance Roberts has earned respect for the way he has withstood David James' incessant cyberbullying and stalking with dignity. Neither James not any other progressive extremist are worthy of any dignity, though.