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Anglican Vicar Uses Police To Intimidate Blogger

This is a guest post by Seismic Shock.

As some people have noticed, I’ve been rather quiet in blogging about the Reverend Stephen Sizer’s activities of late.

After all, what more can be said of a man who forwards emails from Holocaust deniersshares platforms with Holocaust deniers, and shamelessly flauntshis anti-Zionist theology before Iran’s apocalyptic Holocaust-denying regime? As Iranian pastors are arrested and house churches closed down, why is the Khomeinist regime translating Sizer’s book on Christian Zionism into Farsi? How many more times can I point all this out?

Yet there’s another reason why I’ve been quiet, and whilst I’ve held my tongue and my pen for a while, now is time to speak.

At 10am on Sunday 29th November 2009, I received a visit from two policemen regarding my activities in running the Seismic Shock blog. (Does exposing a vicar’s associations with extremists make me a criminal?, I wondered initially). A sergeant from the Horsforth Police related to me that he had received complaints via Surrey Police from Rev Sizer and from Dr Anthony McRoy – a lecturer at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology – who both objected to being associated with terrorists and Holocaust deniers.

(Context: Sizer has associated with some very nasty terrorists and Holocaust deniers; McRoy has delivered a paper at a Khomeinist theological conference in Iran comparing Hezbollah’s struggle against Israel via suicide bombing with the Christian’s struggle against sin via the atoning death of Jesus, and describes the world’s most prominent Holocaust denier as an “intelligent, humble, charismatic, and charming” man who “gives quick, extensive and intelligent answers to any question, mixed with genial humour”).

The sergeant made clear that this was merely an informal chat, in which I agreed to delete my original blog (http://seismicshock.blogspot.com) but maintain my current one (http://seismicshock.wordpress.com). The policeman related to me that his police force had been in contact with the ICT department my previous place of study, and had looked through my files, and that the head of ICT at my university would like to remind me that I should not be using university property in order to associate individuals with terrorists and Holocaust deniers (I am sure other people use university property to make political comments, but nevermind).

With my research on Reverend Sizer’s associations with terrorists and Holocaust deniers making its way into a publication of the Society of Biblical Literature, I was quite content to hold my peace. However, now that Reverend Sizer is now misrepresenting what has happened in my case in order to intimidate others, now is the time to speak up.

A Christian blogger – “Vee” of LivingJourney, who is based in Australia – linked to my blog as a resource for Christians to learn about anti-Semitism in the Church, including “lots of info on Stephen Sizer and Sabeel”.

Rev Sizer left her this comment:

Dear Vee,

You must take a little more care who you brand as anti-semitic otherwise you too will be receiving a caution from the police as the young former student of Leeds did recently. One more reference to me and you will be reported.

Blessings
Stephen

Sure, Stephen Sizer managed to somehow arrange a police visit to me from within the UK, but does Sizer genuinely think he can use police on the other side of the world to this effect?

Why is Reverend Sizer claiming that I received a police caution, when the police stressed I did not receive a caution? Is Sizer deliberately misrepresenting the same police force that he originally used to his advantage?

Who is Reverend Sizer reporting to, and why does Reverend Sizer genuinely feel he has the power to close down debate by threatening police action? Why call the cops rather than answer his critics?

Political and theological disagreements should never be accompanied with threats of litigation or police action, but instead with logic and open debate.

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habibi adds: Who in the UK might like to hear from a character as dubious as Stephen Sizer? The Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), that’s who. He will speak at FOSIS’s “Palestine Week” at the University of Manchester on 13 February.

He will have the kind of company he has become accustomed to at the extremist events he attends. Here’s the roster:

- Hamas supporter and deputy secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain Daud Abdullah, who thinks Israel controls American foreign policy and is trying to destroy the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem with chemicals and tunnelling.

- Anas al-Tikriti, who has expressed support for the murderers of coalition troops in Iraq. His Cordoba Foundation sponsored last year’s Cageprisoners’ fundraiser, where al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki was to be to be the star speaker via video link from Yemen. Alongside Daud Abdullah’s Middle East Monitor, Cordoba also sponsored a recent London event for the Christisons, a pair of strange Israel haters and 9/11 troofers.

- Azzam “Kaboom” Tamimi, who supports the Taliban as well as Hamas and repeatedly paints Zionists as less than human.

- Ismail Patel, another Israel hater who publishes and promotes the work of Holocaust deniers. You will find Stephen Sizer’s work in his “Friends of al Aqsa” journals too.

- John Rose of the SWP, who helped tour South African inciter of hatred and violence Bongani Masuku around UK universities last month

Sizer will be in his element.