"I have never compared Confederate soldiers with Nazis"And I never said he did. My relevant quote was: "comparing the Confederate Battle Flag to the Nazi flag." And he acknowledged that this particular comparison "connected to this [Levin's] blog's theme." His words, not mine.
Update: Kevin responds wanting to know what's so "odd" about the post referenced below. Actually, I was being measured in my criticism. So let me elaborate, as Kevin requested. Frankly, Kevin's original post struck me as opportunistic - using a tragic and sad event to highlight what many of us with Confederate soldier ancestors would deem offensive: comparing the Confederate Battle Flag to the Nazi flag. That's a comparison that's been made on Kevin's blog before and, one which I believe he (among others) thinks has merit. So, again, the timing and controversial nature of the quote came off to me as opportunistic, self-serving and inappropriate; given the circumstances. That's my opinion. Readers of this blog as well as Kevin's are entitled to express theirs as well. My opinion is no more, nor any less, valid. It is, after all, just an opinion. I don't know Kevin's heart, but I do know what his opinion about the CBF is from reading his blog. So my opinion was influenced by Kevin's rather voluminous history on that topic. I think that is reasonable.
Furthermore, Kevin seems to indicate that his congratulating me on my recent book should have insulated him from my criticism. I can be critical of someone and remain cordial, as I responded to Kevin's congratulations by thanking him and saying that I "Hope your school year is a productive one."
End of update.
Is it appropriate to use the occasion of someone's suicide to highlight a perspective on the Civil War?