This space is open for discussion. I have had many over the years with decent people who disagree completely with me on many issues. I have argued with them in the same way as one argues with friends. With respect and an open mind. Many of them have made me think. Re-evaluate some of my opinions on things. Pointed out flaws in my arguments. After such discussions, I feel better. Better as a person. I have been listened to and respected and I have done the same.
The internet has always had a dark place. For all the wonderful things it offers us, some of us choose to use it for harm and hatred. As a place to vent their negativity, anger, helplessness and rage. A place where they can be hidden away but visible and vocal.
With the massive rise of Golden Dawn in the past couple of years (don’t forget they were considered a ridiculous cult of neo-Nazis not so long ago with less than 1% support), there has been a hysterical rise in hate filled “discussions” around the internet on anything to do with Greece especially if it involves immigrants, gays, Jews, Muslims or perceived “leftie” ideas like supporting the vulnerable or healthcare for all. It’s deeply distressing and deeply sad.
I do try and say my bit. Speak up against the bile that surfaces but there’s no point. You cannot discuss anything with a Nazi. They just shout louder and longer and more persistently than you or I ever could (or have the time for).
I can however, keep this forum free of Nazis, their supporters and sympathisers. I will also keep it free from people who make excuses for them and from people who try to (patronizingly) explain why they have gained popularity and support.
So… To Mr Shouty (who writes entirely in capital letters)… You may not comment here. I know for a fact that you have other forums you rant on because I’ve read your “writing”. Stick to those places. You are not welcome here.
To Mr Admirer of Man with Swastika Tattoo… Go and drool over your leader somewhere else. You are not welcome here.
To Mr Golden Dawn Apologist… You will never “convince” me that Golden Dawn are not Nazis. They are. The proof is out there for all to see in their material admiring Hitler and Goebbels, in their Nazi salutes, in their Nazi tattoos, in their speeches and in their actions. You are not welcome here.
To anyone else who wants to creep over here and rant about Golden Dawn saving Greece. Give it a rest. You are not welcome here.
FREEDOM OF SPEECH DOES NOT COVER HATE SPEECH OR INCITEMENT OF VIOLENCE.
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