As all our readers know — except for those who just arrived here yesterday for the first time to read Geert Wilders’ article — last week was our Autumn 2013 fundraiser. Our blegs are a quarterly occasion in which we pester you every day for a week for nickels and dimes to keep Gates of Vienna going.
As promised, this is the wrap-up post for the fundraiser, which was delayed for a day by Mr. Wilders’ redesign of the Saudi flag. The accompanying article had to be translated into multiple languages, which is a time-consuming process to coordinate, absorbing all of my Sunday (and then some — I expect more languages in due course).
A fundraiser is definitely an educational experience — you can bank on it. Not only do I learn how few hours of sleep a man can get by on every night (hint: very few), but I hear a lot of stories and opinions as I correspond with readers and donors.
Below are two very different email responses that will serve to bookend the week’s exchanges. The first one is from a young Canadian woman who goes by “Der Kanadier” when she comments on our blog. She is still at university, so it’s inspiring to receive a gift from her, given how strapped for cash a college student must be.
This is what she said in her email, which is republished here with her permission:
It’s funny that today’s fundraising story was about “manly virtues”: a father passing his values onto his son. You may be surprised to know that I am, actually, a product of the public school system. Elementary, high school, and now in university. I am very much exposed to the indoctrination you know that goes on in that system, yet, I evolved into a staunch counter-jihadist. There’s probably a good number of my former teachers and professors who would need smelling salts if they ever knew I was emailing you!
But why did I not emerge a good little Marxist foot soldier? I can only credit that to my father, one of the brightest men I know. He instilled in me to always be skeptical, to never take anything at face value. He would always push me to investigate claims on my own, and to always challenge what I was being told. Though not a father-son relationship as your story described, my father was, is, critical in shaping the way I view the world today. I still hold onto that skeptical attitude instilled in me when I was just a child, and it’s the reason I can email you today. Parents are so crucial to children aren’t they? You’re right however: the public schools are an odious place. I was lucky. I’m glad your son was as well.
I apologize: look at me ramble on! You have so many things to take care of! I do enjoy conversing with you though, I think I get a little carried away (an understatement, this email is akin to my university essays). That little blurb PayPal provides with donations is never enough to satisfy the depth of my gratitude. I’m buoyed to hear of others my age who have their eyes wide open. Sometimes, it is hard not to be laden down with despair, especially when some in our movement seem so run down and defeated. But, I cling to hope, even if I have nothing else. Because I’ll be damned if I spend the rest of my 60 or so years on earth with a burka around my neck.
I’ve kept you long enough. I’m glad this fundraiser is exceeding your expectations. You have some very grateful readers and we’re only to willing to pay the deed back in kind. Happy (belated?) American Thanksgiving, and I’ll see you at Christmas.
Well, it won’t quite be Christmas. As I mentioned a few days ago, it will be closer to Shrove Tuesday — are we allowed to use that phrase? Or does it exclude someone? — which comes on March 4, 2014. Probably a week or so before that. I wonder if it will be as cold then as it is now…
The second email is from an Indian donor. We don’t get many gifts from India, so to hear from him was a real treat (also published by permission):
In India, though in practice people have successfully fought jihad for almost 1300 years, the theory of jihad is not so well understood as you Americans have got it, at least after 9/11. And though Hindus in particular are very generous in donating to temples, they do not understand that warriors like you at GoV need our whole-hearted support.
Kafirs need to understand that the doors to Liberty are closing very fast. In India, kafir population has almost stopped growing, whereas Muslim population is growing at the old rate. With their votes, they elect politicians who grant them immunity from law, who help imposition of sharia, bit by bit. Situation can only worsen as their percentage in population rises.
In the West also, as their percentage in population rises, they will elect politicians who will facilitate march of sharia. And once they are able to muzzle the US First Amendment, all will be lost.
Therefore, this Crime Syndicate masquerading as a religion needs to be collapsed by Truth Telling, within next couple of decades, if Liberty is to survive. Otherwise it will be a long Sharia night for the lovely planet Earth.
All kafirs need to come together. We may not follow same religions, but at least we do not kill/enslave each other for following different religions. We can happily live together, as persons equal in law. Something not possible at all under sharia.
That is why I love you and try to do whatever meager help I can do. Within one year I hope to put mechanism in place to send you much bigger gifts.
Carry on the biggest, sacred fight. Never give in, Never give up. We shall win.
We shall indeed!
Attitudes like this man’s inspire great hope in me. With your help, we’ll continue the work we do as long as the Lord permits, and then pass the torch to dedicated young people such as Der Kanadier.
As Dymphna said the other day, we’ll see you “at the end of winter when afternoons return.”
Donors to our autumn fundraiser arrived from these places:
Stateside: California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and W. Virginia
Near Abroad: Canada
Far Abroad: Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK
Our greatest thanks to everyone who contributed.