We Will Not Be Silenced


We wish to show our solidarity with Seismic Shock who, as described in his guest post below, has been the victim of intimidation for shining a spotlight on the anti-Zionist theology of Reverend Stephen Sizer. As Ben Cohen at Z-Word says “We Are All Seismic Shock” and he urges readers to tell Sizer what you think by emailing him here. I similarly urge you to do the same thing. For more on this developing story, visit Harry’s Place, ModernityBlog and Engage. We will not be silenced.

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 forwards emails from Holocaust deniers, shares platforms with Holocaust deniers, and shamelessly flaunts his 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 the 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.

69 comments on “We Will Not Be Silenced

  1. Stuff Reverend Sizer. He IS an antisemite. The evidence is out there. He just doesn’t like to be shown up for being a Holocaust denier and an anti-semite. What a stupid limp wristed clergyman. If you can’t take the heat, GET OUT OF THE KITCHEN, SIZER.

  2. This is why the mainstream media (with their left-wing spin and bias = anti-Semitic & pro-terrorism) are going down, while quality blogs, like this one, will prevail. Good job!

  3. Reza, how come Sizer has so much power as to bring the police down on Seismic Shock?

    It’s very strange that the police should agree to be involved in a civil matter here in the UK. Did Sizer pull rank because of his dog collar?

    Charlotte, Sizer would be very much at home on CiF.

    (I don’t believe that about Yohoho, dopey and I think you are making it up because you are pissed off at being proven to be the antisemite you are. I would trust Yohoho far more than I would trust you and I don’t even know him/her. I think you are being your usual less than honest self about why you don’t go back to CiF. Why do you keep trying to big CiF up? Are you trying to convince yourself because you can’t convince us?)

  4. From p. 8 of Rev Sizer’s 2007 book “Zion’s Christian Soldiers”:

    “The battle over intellectual freedom is waged in universities on both sides of the Atlantic. Organisations such as Campus Watch and the Union of Jewish Students monitor staff and students and put pressure on the authorities to censure them.”

    You couldn’t make it up!!!

  5. Otherirony, the trouble is they could and frequently do and at the same time as behaving despicably themselves point the finger at others and accuse them of doing the same.

  6. Rev. Sizer has, as they say, pissed in his chips on this one.

    I never heard of this person before. His desperate attempts to shut down accusations of antisemitism have resulted in an explosion of negative publicity, and details of his unsavoury associations have now been blazed across cyberspace. God certainly moves in mysterious ways, eh Rev?

    By the way, I find Sizer’s use of the word ‘Blessings’ to sign off that threatening message to the Christian blogger Vee is rather creepy. I think it sums up what Rev. Sizer is all about.

  7. Memo To: Rev. Sizer
    From: The Bishop
    Subject: Police harassment of Seismic Shock

    Have you heard about ‘turning the other cheek’? Oh, and as regards Israel, ‘not bearing false witness’.

    I pray that you will one day return to your faith.

    Blessings
    The Bish

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  9. 3.Hey! I’ve got a a message for Sizer and all his acolytes – I agree 100% with Seismic Shock! Why don’t you call the police here in Virginia and ask them to come talk to me. I dare you. I double dare you! I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!!!

    You are a disgrace to your people and your faith. You willingly throw other people under the bus in a futile attempt to save yourself. You are a LIAR and a pathetic excuse for a human being – what a waste of skin!

    COME AND GET ME!

  10. What is it about malignant narcissists and the church (or indeed any other faith) or politics, eg Gorgeous (Mieouw) George?

    They would sell their grannies on ebay if the price was right and without a second thought.

  11. “Reza, how come Sizer has so much power as to bring the police down on Seismic Shock?”

    Funny, but men of the cloth in Britain still probably have a degree of support or admiration from the Police.

    I have no doubt Sizer exaggerated and the Police took his at this word.

    It is a non-criminal matter and should never have involved the Police.

    According to Seismic Shock’s site Sizer boasts about him helping out the Police

    http://seismicshock.wordpress.com/2010/01/25/sizer-claims-to-advise-the-police-on-religious-extremism/

    Unbelievable.

  12. P Nachman

    “COME AND GET ME!”

    I am 62 …a bit crushed looking …but solvent and I have my own teeth. I also own the glass I soak them in. I am new to these dating agencies.. what did you have in mind?

  13. “I have no doubt Sizer exaggerated and the Police took his at this word. ”

    I would have thought it would merit a caution in its own right for Sizer to waste police time and money in this fashion.

  14. peterthehungarian, you have to remember that the UK government are craven cowards with pronounced yellow streaks down their backs and in perpetual fear of Muslim or other backlash. MPs are busily whoring themselves for Muslim votes and Jewish support for Israel here make Jews easy targets.

    The police forces are themselves tied up in knots because of the ridiculous extremes to which political correctness has been allowed to entrench itself.

    The situation is toxic and the police don’t do complexity which makes them easy targets to be manipulated by the Sizers and other extremists here who believe that if they should and stamp loudly enough they will get what they want.

    And they almost did, didn’t they?

    I wonder what would happen if I telephoned my local nick and demanded they pay a call on CiF’s head offices because they are harassing many Jews in Britain for their support of Israel (and CiF is telling lies – SeismicShock did not and could support everything he wrote).

    I’d be laughed out of the place.

  15. Reza Khan,

    Thank you for trying to clarify. I am in agreement that the police had no business leaning on Seismic, period. I cannot imagine that happening in America, and would be outraged if it did. However, in the example provided by Ken, it seems that there was some question about a threat to the president, and in a case like that, even if it is hot air, it is incumbent on the Secret Service and the FBI to investigate. The threats to this president have been extremely scary, and I am glad that these agencies were on their toes.

    As for the quote, yes, it was from Brutus. However, in the American context it has a very sinister tone, because it was what the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, shouted as he murdered him. It is highly inappropriate to quote it in a post which had already alluded to threats against the present president, no matter what one thinks of him.

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