Apparently it is not only homophobes who decry being called homophobic, racists and and anti-Semites face the same problem of being labeled because they hold a “dissenting view”.
The Institute for Historical Review, who deny the Holocaust, constantly face being called racist and anti-Semitic;
Finally, every sentient, dutiful American citizen knows that to criticize Jews as a group, Jewish culture, Jewish behavior patterns, the alleged Holocaust, etc., is to partake of “immoral, anti-Semitic racism.” Carefully nurtured by the public media, the taboo on criticizing Jewry is deeply lodged in the consciousness of the great majority of Americans, directly influencing their acceptance or rejection of criticisms of Jewish attitudes and behavior, irrespective of the truth or falsity of such claims.
Inconvenient History, another Holocaust denial group, are also tired of being called anti-Semitic;
In today’s hyper-sensitive, some might say Orwellian, society, which has exponentially multiplied the political correctness of the 1990s it is impossible to correct such outrageous claims about Dachau and Auschwitz without first being charged with Holocaust denial and then along with it anti-Semitism. It is demanded that everyone accept all claims about the Holocaust no matter how fantastic or improbable.
The Creativity Movement is also charged with being racist which they deem to be unfair;
There is another curious asymmetry about American racism. When non- Whites advance their own racial purposes, no one ever accuses them of “hating” another group. Blacks can join “civil rights” groups and Hispanics can be activists without fear of being branded as bigots and hate mongers. They can agitate openly for racial preferences that can come only at the expense of whites. They can demand preferential treatment of all kinds without anyone ever suggesting that they are “anti-white.” Whites, on the other hand, need only express their opposition to affirmative action to be called haters. They need only subject racial policies that are clearly prejudicial to themselves to be called racists. Should they actually go so far as to say that they prefer the company of their own kind, that they wish to be left alone to enjoy the fruits of their European heritage, they are irredeemably wicked and hateful.
The above groups have been categorised by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as hate groups. Is this fair? Surely it is important in a democratic society that people are allowed hold dissenting views. It is not libel to use such labels?
Or maybe, just maybe, these organisations are anti-Semitic and racist, and instead of decrying the labels being levied they should engage with the criticism and the process of introspection.
I wonder if RTE would issue an apology and give a payment to the above groups if somebody called them racist and/or anti-Semitic? Does Iona think it is ok to call these groups racist and/or anti-Semitic, or would it be libel to do so?