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  • Richard Bartholomew smeared and targeted by cyber bullies

    by Rumbold
    22nd March, 2011 at 9:06 pm    

    Richard Bartholomew, an excellent blogger who chronicles religious extremism, has been smeared by his enemies after his extensive exposing of vicious attacks on child ‘witches’ in Nigeria by Christian extremists:

    A couple of weeks ago, several hit-and-run one-post smear blogs were created to – once again – spread the idea that I’m a far-leftist who collaborates with Islamic extremists while hating religion.

    The author of these blogs wants to give the impression that he is associated with a neo-Pentecostal church in Nigeria; I have criticised this church for spreading the idea that children can be witches, and as a result the church has created a website attacking me (along with some other people) in crude and abusive terms – this includes the claim that I am a rapist . The new author has also created a Twitter feed linking both to the church’s website and to the new attack blogs, and he has generated a fake Facebook profile with a Nigerian name, which he has used to advertise the Twitter feed on the church’s Facebook page.

    The insults and smears were lifted from his domestic enemies, who have long been after him and another blogger, Tim Ireland, for the crime of exposing their thuggery and bigotry:

    However, it is no great surprise that the new blogs in fact consist exclusively of accusations which have been made by the cyber-bully Charlie Flowers on his “NiceOnesUK” Facebook group (see here), including the bizarre claim (which Flowers made back in February) that I am in correspondence with Dominic Wightman. There are also side-swipes at some of Flowers’ other pet hates: these are a Facebook page called “Exposing Racism” (where I occasionally leave comments) and the blogger Tim Ireland.

    Richard has been a long time ally of this blog, and a good friend of Sunny and me. These attacks are disgraceful.

    Update: Richard clarifies in the comments who he thinks he really behind the attacks. Post title updated.

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    1. sunny hundal

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    7. Richard Bartholomew

      @sunny_hundal Thanks, although it's actually Flowers & cronies sockpuppeting as religious extremists

    1. Richard Bartholomew — on 23rd March, 2011 at 12:12 am  

      Thanks for this. However, it’s now clear that the Nigerian Pentecostals are not involved: it’s just Flowers and his cronies hiding behind a fake profile and using the church as cover.

    2. Tim Ireland — on 23rd March, 2011 at 7:29 am  

      This would be the same Charlie Flowers who Nadine Dorries only pretended to report to police.

      And yet somehow I doubt that the ‘stirring up cyber vigilantes’ technique will be mentioned when her mates teach others how to ‘handle’ bloggers (i.e. as well as they taught her).

      Maybe Sunny can bring that up, seeing as he’s playing a role in that same event for some reason.

    3. Unity — on 23rd March, 2011 at 8:04 am  

      Jeez, is this bunch of low-rent wannabes still at it?

      I’m afraid that Richard and Tim have committed the cardinal sin of puncturing the egos of the bunch of rank amateurs who’ve been trying to build a reputation on bullshit.

    4. Rumbold — on 23rd March, 2011 at 9:32 am  

      Oops- cleared up now Richard.

    5. BenSix — on 23rd March, 2011 at 12:32 pm  

      Anonymous attack blogs never seem to “expose” anybody but their authors. They’re like paparazzi who wander out without their pants.

    6. Nice Ones UK — on 24th March, 2011 at 7:41 am  

      Mr Bartholomew, various people on NOUK may have a personal problem with you, but NOUK do not. Neither Charlie Flowers or Shooter Hadchiti are administrators or policy directors for NOUK.
      Kindly refrain from including us in your blog when taking personal attacks. Our page is open so please feel free to refute these claims on our wall. The Post in question was also deleted by admin…

    7. Tim Ireland — on 24th March, 2011 at 1:43 pm  

      Dear NiceOnesUK,

      You have been repeatedly advised of the conduct of Flowers and the unknown numbers of hangers who hide behind multiple false identities while engaging in anti-social forms of attack. You are also aware that false claims about arrests and restraining orders have been bandied about by people who have actually been arrested recently, and - one one case - done time recently.

      If you do not want it reflecting badly upon you, then stop playing host to these people and do not insult us by giving a false sense of distance by implying that they have never enjoyed the run of your group.

    8. Nice Ones UK — on 24th March, 2011 at 6:14 pm  

      Our wall is open to all Mr Ireland. You are as welcome to post as they, or the members of the ELM.

      NOUK recently underwent a complete restructuring and while you may comment upon the past we would ask that you allow us to continue without ad hominem attacks. If we are both honest these past spats have made little difference to either of us. You may continue with these attacks if you so wish, but we have already taken action to reduce/stop our group being used.

      As we say, we have no reason to pick on Mr. Bartholomew, but we do not expect to be the brunt of attacks due to our open wall, no censor policy.


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