In 2004, Elizabeth Ervin, then-Director of the UNC-Wilmington Women’s Resource Center (WRC) sent a mass email to some feminists participating in a discussion on a list serve at Dartmouth College. Under the subject line “I need some support!” she complained that a group of feminist speakers coming to give a talk during Women’s History Month (formerly known as “March”) had received death threats. She suggested I was responsible for the death threats. Ervin said:
“…I'm tired of having to pay so much attention to a guy who lies and distorts and smirks and issues anti-feminist fatwa!”
In response to her accusation that I had encouraged death threats, another feminist suggested that letters be sent directly to me showing support for the WRC. To this, Ervin responded with the following:
“I want there to be some negative consequence for him, but as long as he can turn everything into a column and stir up his readers (and let them do his dirty work for him), then I'm not sure there will be.”
Here, Ervin backs off her claim that I directly ordered the death threats. She instead suggested that I allowed them to be issued on my behalf. In other words, mine was a sin of omission, not commission.
Ervin’s defamatory accusations are simply ludicrous for several reasons:
1. Christians do not issue “fatwa.” Only members of the “religion of peace” issue “fatwa.”
2. I have not engaged in any act of violence since March of 1988. When assaulted, I simply took care of the situation myself without sending a mass email under the subject line “I need some support!” While I regret the physical injury suffered by my attacker, I could not prevent it because, at the time, I was a liberal and did not have a gun that would have sent him running before any altercation occurred.
3. It is unlikely that any death threat was ever issued in 2004 to any WRC speaker. I suspect that Ervin made up the entire incident in order to get attention and funding for the WRC. UNCW has suffered an epidemic of fake crime stories in recent years – fake burglaries, rapes, robberies, and assaults. Virtually all of them have been staged by women seeking attention. Many of these women believe that the ends (feminizing the campus) justify the means (lying about the persecution of women).