Throughout human history, religion has always gone hand in hand with violence. The martyrs of the first Christians, Crusades, Inquisition, St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre, jihadism — these are just few examples of religious identity becoming a reason for murder. In today’s world, faith is a personal choice so less people suffer from their confession. Anyway, there are always those willing to fill their pockets by breeding hatred.
“The author of eighteen books (including two NYT bestsellers) and hundreds of articles, lecturer, expert and US agencies consultant on jihad and Islamic terrorism. His work has aroused the ire of the foes of freedom and their dupes, he has been invited by name to convert to Islam by a senior member of al-Qaeda and has been banned by the British government from entering the United Kingdom,” that’s what Robert Spencer wrote about himself at JihadWatch.org, a blog founded by him in 2003. The ‘About’ section also features the remarks of Spencer’s supporters and foes. Eye-catching. Emotional. Provocative. Robert’s tweets are about Muslims’ violence and the “leftists’” attempts to silence the ones like him, e.g. he performs as a showman trying to draw as much attention to his person as possible.
Spencer quite successfully cashes in on his views. Having promoted his project fairly enough (he has more than 100 thousand followers in Twitter and some 25 thousand on YouTube), its director sells books (their price at Amazon varies from $1 to $87), delivers lectures and provides paid expertise to various organizations. But the lion’s share of Jihad Watch’s revenue is channeled by sponsors, especially by David Horowitz Freedom Center. As found by Politico in 2010, in three years the Center granted the organization almost a million dollars. Moreover, in 2012 Jihad Watch declared the revenue of $492,000, and in 2013 it was $347,000.