Very intersting idea Sal. There are many good and knowledgeable people here on the forums who deserve being honored. But I don’t think the Deacon would be a good choice. Even though I admire Paul’s knowledge and great taste in knives I would be very uncomfortable with Spyderco honoring him. I have been quite shocked when I read about his „political views“ on his web page. Sal and Spyderco have always impressesd me not only with very high standards regarding design and quality but also in regards of ethics. He is entitled to his own opinion just like everyone else including me: I think what he wrote shows he is racist and very close minded and I feel offended by his statements although I am not a Muslim. I know a lot of Muslims and most of them are educated, civilized and good people overall. They don’t deserve this kind of generalization. Nobody does.
Again, I would be very upset If a person I respect and his company would agree with those statements and views.
Here is something he wrote:
the Deacon wrote:
„The events that took place in London on July 7th and July 21st, 2005 provided a catalyst for me to publicly express below the view which I have held privately for many years.
The fact that both these terrorist incidents were the work of a "home grown" Islamic terrorist "sleeper cell" made up of Muslims who had been in Great Britain for years, some since birth, rather than "outsiders", as was the case with the incidents of 9/11/2001, confirms the suspicions of those, like myself, who, even before 9/11 have considered each and every Muslim in the USA a potential danger to our way of life and someone who must be treated with watchful suspicion.
It is only good judgment to always remember that Islam teaches that all non-believers must eventually be converted to Islam, killed, or subjugated and enslaved. We must also not forget that Islam is also the only faith which preaches that lying to non-believers and entering into treaties and alliances with them which you fully intend to break, is acceptable behavior, as long as it somehow furthers the cause of Islam.
For these reasons, no Muslim, regardless of the platitudes they may mouth in public, can be considered as anything but a potential threat, fifth columnist, terrorist, or financial backer of worldwide Islamic terrorism. Even Muslims who may not personally believe all the things that Islam preaches regarding outsiders can be pressured by those who do into contributing funds to al-Qaida or other terrorist groups. Some, when caught, have claimed this as their defense. For that reason, non-Muslims who continue to patronize Muslim owned and operated businesses in their community run the risk of funding terror with every purchase.
There are those who will suggest that such thoughts and actions only serve to increase the number of Muslims who hate us. My response is that the assumption that any specific individual Muslim does not already hate us is more dangerous than their hatred for us itself, as it only creates a false sense of security for us and allows them greater opportunity to inflict damage.“
You can read that and more on his web page.
I know there shouldn’t be any political discussions or statements on the forums but on the other hand Paul provides a link to his web page with his political views in his signature.
I hope I didn’t cause any trouble but this is important to me.