Over at FreeThoughtBlogs, there was once was a Gnu who had a blog entitled, “Avicenna Last.” His blog was recently cancelled after FreeThoughtBlogs became aware it had a serious public image problem as it became undeniable that Avicenna was a serial plagiarist. There is nothing surprising about a dishonest Gnu, so I see no need to explore that angle. What is more interesting and relevant is that Avicenna had a special love affair with his “hate mail.”
Recall there are two lessons we have learned about the New Atheists and the “hate mail” they supposedly receive:
1. They love their “hate mail” and enjoy making it as public as possible and
2. They have tremendous faith that their “hate mail” is real.
Well, with Avicenna, it turns out there is a new twist to the Gnu love affair with their “hate mail.”
Avicenna would search the internet for something that could be construed as hate mail he had received, cut-and-pasted his findings to make a blog entry, and publicly misrepresented the “hate mail” as something that was personally sent to him. All of this is documented here (and if you are interested, the author makes a good case for Avicenna having been a classic bullshitter).
So as you can see, Avicenna takes this whole Gnu love affair with their “hate mail”to a whole new level. Avicenna WANTED to receive “hate mail.” He wanted it so badly that he actually hunted for something that could count as “hate mail” and then pretended someone sent it to him. He actually plagiarized “hate mail!” And all the time, his fellow Gnus over at FreeThoughtBlogs expressed sympathy for the poor ol’ victimized Avicenna.