If you happen to be conservative in outlook and not wanting to be subject to Shari'a, as I am, then get ready for slander and calumny on expressing yourself. But more interesting than the name-calling are the factual mistakes. Over and over again, I – like so many conservatives – find myself consistently having my words or my intent distorted and having to correct the record.
I brought together dozens of such instances at a weblog entry titled "Department of Corrections (of Others' Factual Mistakes about Me)." In addition, I wrote up some of the particularly colorful and demonstrably distorted cases in a listing that will be updated as needed (and needed, sadly, it will be):
"Newsweek's "Periscope" Gets It Wrong." DanielPipes.org, September 27, 2004. Hussein Ibiah and Lorraine Ali in combination, and the truth flees for its life.
"The Japanese Internment, CAIR, and Me," DanielPipes.org, December 28, 2004. Juan Cole cannot read plain words.
"[The Canadian Islamic Congress:] An Islamist Apology." The New York Sun, July 19, 2005. Wahida Valiante pays for her errors.
"'A Corrective to the Pipes Worldview'." History News Network, August 29, 2005. Two authors of a book about the Turkish Islamic figure Bediuzzaman Said Nursi (1877-1960) mangle what I write.
"Those Danish Cartoons and Me." The New York Sun, February 21, 2006. One Christopher Bollyn starts rumors about me.
"Is Campus Watch Part of a Conspiracy? [On Mearsheimer-Walt and The Israeli Lobby]." FrontPageMagazine.com, May 12, 2006. The mighty duo of John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt four times over four years mention me in connection with Campus Watch, and every time they make mistakes about Campus Watch.
"Is Tariq Ramadan Lying [about Magdi Allam]?" FrontPageMagazine.com, March 5, 2007. Tariq Ramadan, ace Islamist, fabricates what I said at a London conference in 2007 which he attended.
"CAIR's Dirty Tricks against Me." FrontPageMagazine.com, September 7, 2007. North America's most aggressive Islamist organization emulates the Third Reich.
"The Problem with Middle East Studies: A Microscopic Investigation." History News Network, July 14, 2008. Yahya Sadowski and Yakub Halabi – caught out misquoting me.
"I Win Apologies, Retractions, and Corrections." DanielPipes.org, September 17, 2008. A listing of gritted-teeth admissions of error.
"The National Jewish Democratic Council and Me." DanielPipes.org, June 26, 2009. Ira N. Forman trips over himself.
"Popping Linda Sarsour's Balloon." DanielPipes.org, March 16, 2010. Linda Sarsour confuses me with PipeLineNews.org.
"Answering Khaled Abou El Fadl." DanielPipes.org, December 24, 2010. Points out a sequence of errors by the UCLA Islamist in a public address.
"Do I Not Criticize Israeli Policies?" DanielPipes.org, September 29, 2013. Answers an inaccuracy forwarded by David C. Speedie, senior fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
"Obama's alleged pro-Islamist sympathies and world view." DanielPipes.org, September 6, 2014. Looks at an error by a sociologist in Canada and asks him what went wrong.
Comments: (1) What is it about Leftists and Islamists that they cannot read straight? Is it the influence of post-modernism or plain old shoddy habits? (2) There is no parallel here. I know of no Leftist or Islamist who has or could compile such a listing of egregious mistakes.