It’s hazardous duty, writing on FreethoughtBlogs. There’s a small squad of vicious trolls waiting to make up stories about you, and the latest target of their venom is Avicenna. It’s gotten ridiculous: the myth they repeat over and over again is that he’s constantly lying on his blog. The latest “evidence” is that some of the email from haters that he has posted can also be found on public sites.
I hate to be the one to break the terrible news to you, but trolls are the most uncreative, tedious people you’ll ever encounter. I get lots of hate mail, too, and one thing you’ll discover is that they typically aren’t bright enough to write something on their own, so they’ll just copy and paste some other rant they find, or they’ll write one grand essay they’re very proud of and they’ll spam it everywhere.
So to announce that because they found duplicate copies of some incoherent angry rage-mail means pretty much nothing. It definitely is not evidence that Avi is making stuff up.
That’s the quality of their arguments, and to further reinforce my argument that trolls or uncreative, it’s getting repetitively spammed all over the place. They’ve got a lie and they’ll stick with it, in hopes that dishonesty will be overcome by volume.
Furthermore, they’re now making other absurd arguments.
— The Other Atheist (@TheOtherAtheist) January 1, 2015
Would be funny if Avicenna turns out to be some unemployed white guy in Edinburgh, a la Amina A./Gay Girl in Damascus
They know nothing about Avi; they believe it’s possible he’s an
unemployed white guy in Edinburgh. Yet at the same time they’ll announce with absolute certainty that all of the details of his personal life are false, that he’s not actually a doctor, that he hasn’t actually been active in Indian health care, that he wasn’t actually born in Kuwait, etc., etc., etc.
It’s all just pure lashing out without cause, throwing shit at a wall in hopes that some of it will stick. And I suspect there’s a fair amount of racism behind it. They also claim that because he’s a prolific writer, he can’t possibly be a real doctor; strangely, they don’t make that same argument about Orac. I guess only white people are capable of being productively literate.
For the record, I’ve personally met Avicenna, and I know his real name, making me a million times more informed than these wankers. And yes, he is what he says he is.