Happy Belated Pearl Harbor Day: In Defense of Simon Templar

Simon Templar has created a new blog https://inuinoueritas.home.blog/. If you are wondering who Simon Templar is, I urge you to check out his blog: he is one of the best conservative writers around, and if you don’t know who he is, you should.
There are some who might prefer it if you didn’t know who Simon Templar is; as you will probably soon learn, he is a bit infamous and has a reputation that precedes him. 2019 marked the year that Simon was kicked off of both this site and the legacy site. If you are wondering why one of the best conservative writers around was kicked off of two conservative sites, it’s probably because he angered the people in charge, and he also angered some people who weren’t in charge. I played a role in that. This post is an attempt to make amends to Simon, whom I have wronged, and it is also an attempt to restore his reputation, which I played a role in damaging.

For a number of years, Simon Templar was one of the most loved writers on the legacy site; but somewhere along the line, something changed. Now, among those who know who he is, it appears that only a handful are willing to defend him. An observer who knows nothing about the situation might assume that where there is smoke there must be fire, and that if so many are rushing to condemn him and so few are willing to defend him, then he must be guilty of something. It’s understandable that some might think that way-it is human nature to think that way. I don’t need to tell anyone that it isn’t conservative to think that way, but humans being human, none of us ever totally live up to the principles we espouse. I certainly haven’t.

History books are filled with tragic examples of the majority being wrong: one of the things-one of the main things-that conservatives are supposed to stand against is the kind of mob hysteria which has led to things like the Salem Witch Trials. But conservatives are human just like everybody else, and we are also prone to mob behavior. The whole situation with Simon Templar is a case study in mob behavior, and I am by no means innocent in all of this.
A little over a year ago, Simon wrote a post on Ratburger titled “Fantastic Fans”, in which he relayed that a woman who commented regularly on his posts was harassing him. I was a woman who commented regularly on his posts: I knew that I wasn’t harassing him, and I found it impossible to believe that anyone else was harassing him either. I wrote to Simon and asked him what was going on; he didn’t respond, and when he didn’t respond, I jumped to the conclusion that he was making it all up: that in itself would have been bad enough, but I took it a step further and told a few other people through private message that I believed Simon was making it all up. One of the people I corresponded with over this issue was an administrator of this site.
In those private messages, I made some pretty serious accusations against Simon: accusations which were a figment of my imagination, and which were based on the flimsiest evidence. Basically, I witnessed Simon becoming a little bit irritated with another member: I took that, combined with the fact that I believed that the Fantastic Fans post was made up, and accused Simon of being someone who turned on his friends for no discernible reason. At the time I made that accusation, I really believed what I was saying, but that doesn’t make it right. I also told the administrator of this site about one instance in which Simon had become a little bit irritated with said administrator on a thread that the administrator wasn’t on. I sited that as further proof of the wild accusations I was making. The administrator didn’t really say anything in response: he basically just said, in a nice way, that he was sorry that I was so upset and he left it at that.
Within a few days, I had cooled down, was wrapped up in the people and events of my offline life, and had stopped worrying about it. Within a few weeks, I had pretty much taken the position that I wish I had taken from the start: that position being, I had no idea what was going on, and that I should probably just reserve judgement. About a month later, Simon Templar responded to my message; he said that the reason it had taken so long for him to respond was because he was offline traveling. He apologized, and offered to make amends in whatever way I thought would be helpful. I told him that wouldn’t be necessary; a month later, I was long over it and as far as I was concerned, it was ancient history. At that time, I told Simon that I had written to a few people criticizing him, and apologized. After that, we didn’t speak about it further for a very long time. I wasn’t  curious to find out who the fantastic fan was: I never asked Simon about that, and he never told me. We never spoke about the fantastic fan in any way: I figured that it was none of my business, and besides that, I was very wrapped up in my offline life and felt that I had more important things to think about.
I am so embarrassed by the way that I handled all of this: I wish so much that I had just kept my mouth shut and reserved judgement. If I was the only person who had wronged Simon in this way, I probably wouldn’t be writing this post, but unfortunately, I am not the only one.
A few months later, on Ratburger, a rather large group of members launched a group attack on Simon that seemed to come out of nowhere. I don’t remember every detail, or the name of every post involved. It occurred over the course of several posts, but it started on one of my posts. In this post, I stated that it isn’t always a bad thing for men to cry. Simon commented, saying that he had cried at the funeral of his best friend and his best friend’s younger sister, who were both killed in a plane crash. Another member viciously attacked him for this.
From that moment, the attacks never stopped. I can’t remember all of them, but at various times, Simon was accused of being a rapist, a sex trafficker, and a Nazi. It goes without saying that there was no evidence to support these charges, but if enough people are falsely accusing you, evidence ceases to matter.
As someone who is not innocent in this regard, I am in no position to harshly judge those who get carried away with emotion, but lets be clear: when someone is accused of rape, sex trafficking, and Naziism, and there is no evidence to support the charges, then somebody has become carried away with emotion. The treatment Simon has received in certain corners of the conservative blogosphere is essentially a two minute hate, except that it has gone on way longer than two minutes. This is how things like the Salem Witch Trials happen.
I am not the only one who owes Simon Templar an apology.
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125 thoughts on “Happy Belated Pearl Harbor Day: In Defense of Simon Templar”

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  1. I will be offline and in a place where there is no internet for the next 10 or 12 hours; I may or may not be able to figure out/have time to respond to comments from my phone. I will be back later on tonight (EST) and will probably respond to any comments at that time.

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  2. I didn’t understand what went on with Simon and I still don’t, and I don’t care to jump into drama. But he is a good writer.

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  3. Black Prince:

    Judy Campbell:
    …he is one of the best conservative writers around…

    Well, I guess I’m out.

    It’s not a competition, mon Prince!   
    Fortunately,  as Judy assures us, the valiant Knight Templar is very alive and very well.  Deus vult.

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  4. Hypatia:

    Black Prince:

    Judy Campbell:
    …he is one of the best conservative writers around…

    Well, I guess I’m out.

    It’s not a competition, mon Prince!   
    Fortunately,  as Judy assures us, the valiant Knight Templar is very alive and very well.  Deus veult.

    Hahaha…no, I see how what I wrote wasn’t clear…I meant that since I’m out of conservatism I’m also out in terms of reading ST. =)

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  5. Judy Campbell:
    You don’t have to be a conservative to read ST 🙂 I should have worded that differently 🙂

    Yeah, I was being slightly sarcastic when I made my comment, but for me, the word conservative makes me physically sick.

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  6. I am glad that Simon found a place that he can post and a link was given to it, Judith, thank you. I hope people will check out his place.

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  7. Yea I could have been more clear. The post feels like Ricochet (or at least what I remember of it), not Ratburger.

    I don’t mean to be a downer, because it is nice to see you here. 🙂

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  8. [Writing as the Admistrator]

    Judith, you did nothing wrong in your communication and your private words did not affect the decision that was made.  Please don’t beat yourself up over that.

    It is my policy that things are done out in the open. That way people can decide for themselves. I also think is in unfair to talk negatively about a person who can’t respond because of decisions made by a web site and I try to be unfair.)

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  9. I am looking for my post about it being ok for men to cry; I can’t find it, it isn’t listed with my posts. In fact, there are only 2 published posts listed under my posts; this one, and one other. I know that I wrote at least a couple of other posts, including the one about it being ok for men to cry in some instances. I didn’t delete any of them, but I am terrible with tech stuff, could someone please help with this?

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  10. Judy Campbell:
    I am looking for my post about it being ok for men to cry; I can’t find it, it isn’t listed with my posts. In fact, there are only 2 published posts listed under my posts; this one, and one other. I know that I wrote at least a couple of other posts, including the one about it being ok for men to cry in some instances. I didn’t delete any of them, but I am terrible with tech stuff, could someone please help with this?

    Judy, I thought this was explained in you “Missing Posts” thread. Here is a copy of comment #11.

    Judy Campbell:
    I can’t remember the name of that post, and it is possible that I just made a comment on someone else’s post and am thinking that I did a post when it was only a comment

    You made a number of comments on the post “The Stoics”, which was published on 2019-03-08 which  speak to this topic.  Perhaps you were thinking of one of those comments.  The comments are:

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  11. In your opinion is it ever appropriate for a man to cry at his best friends’ funerals?

    ST:
    What if they are also burying your best friend’s younger sister (~20 years of age at the time of her death) at the funeral?  Would that that influence your thinking on this matter or are you laconic tough?

    ST:
    Or for the Josey Wales types out there in Ratburgerville, try visiting a military burn ward like the one in San Antonio, TX after a horrendous battle.

    ProTip:  You may shed a tear or two.  Just sayen’

    Let’s reset on this.  I did not, in the other thread, say that it was inappropriate to cry in any of these situations.  It was inappropriate (IMHO — your standards are up to you) to drag that stuff in through a narrow aperture, upset the womenfolk, and then shrug like it was nothing.  It stank of scoring cheap internet sympathy points off of your dead friends.  But they’re your friends — you treat them as you wish.

    That post wasn’t about you, and neither is this one.  I just responded to your appalling comments.  There was a discussion about emotional displays before you joined it, and there will be one after you leave.  Just so you don’t feel obliged to keep the lights on.

    At this point in time your opinion on any subject means almost zero to me.

    Then I expect to see a reduction in the volume of your comments about it.

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    The above exchange is comment #56 on the Stoics thread; another post about men crying is referenced in that thread. Does anyone know the post that is being referred to? (The other person in the exchange with ST is Haakon Dahl)

    The Stoics post seems to have been written in response to another post on the same subject, men crying.

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