Stephen Sizer’s Empty Apologies

Stephen Sizer, an Anglican minister, is the subject of an investigation by his ecclesiastical superiors for posting a link to an anti-Semitic conspiracy website on his Facebook page. He has since removed the link and apologized. But as Betsy Childs notes, he has done this sort of thing before, and seems to have learned little:

In October 2011, Dr. Sizer apologized for calling Israeli Christians who support their nation “an abomination.” . . . The same month, Dr. Sizer posted a link on Facebook to an anti-Semitic website called The Ugly Truth. He apologized in an email to his bishop. . . . By the following May, Dr. Sizer had posted a link to another anti-Semitic website called Veterans Today. He issued a public apology. . . .

Just one month later, in June 2012, Dr. Sizer apologized for posting a link to the anti-Semitic website Window into Palestine. The site refers to the Holocaust as the “Hollow Cause” and includes ads for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. His apology, which appeared in the Jewish Chronicle, announced that he had removed the link but pleaded the justification that it is “not always possible to run background checks on every website before linking to materials.” . . .

This January, Stephen Sizer posted a link to an article from a website called Wikispooks. The article with the headline “9/11, Israel did it” outlined a conspiracy theory laying the responsibility for the September 11 terrorist attacks on Jews. . . . The Church of England put out a statement that Dr. Sizer’s conduct was unacceptable and promised an investigation into the matter. Only then did Dr. Sizer apologize for this his most egregious Facebook link yet. . . .

What can be learned from all these episodes? While Stephen Sizer has shown himself ready to apologize, he has been unwilling to alter his behavior. It is past time for his church to stop allowing him to plead carelessness as his excuse.

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Europe Dithers While Iran Enriches

Jan. 20 2020

In May, when Tehran announced that it would no longer abide by the limits set by the 2015 nuclear agreement on its enrichment of uranium, Europe found legal excuses not to react. When, earlier this month, the Islamic Republic went a step further, renouncing any limits on enrichment, the EU—led by France and Germany, both parties to the deal—at last initiated a formal process that might lead to the re-imposition of sanctions. Bobby Ghosh comments on the dangers of European apathy:

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