17 Sep – PZ Lies About Richard Stallman, Again!

After a welcome day off from documenting the many lies of PZ Myers, we were greeted this morning with one more about Richard Stallman.

This one is even more egregious than the last.

PZ puts the refutation of his lie right above the lie itself, almost begging his readers to call him out. But, none of them did.

They never do.

PZ Myers Lie [in bold]:

Never, ever be that guy who nitpicks about whether rape might be acceptable depending on how many birthdays a woman has had.

https://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2019/09/17/rms-resigns/

Facts:

“That guy” is Richard Stallman, and if you’re interested in a recap of the controversy to date, go here.

The first thing we’ll do is reproduce the Stallman quote PZ placed directly above this lie:

Stallman said “it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17.”

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbm74x/computer-scientist-richard-stallman-resigns-from-mit-over-epstein-comments

We bet you’re now wondering what the context for this comment was. Stallman was responding to the following comment:

Giuffre was 17 at the time; this makes it __rape__ in the Virgin Islands.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke3ke/famed-computer-scientist-richard-stallman-described-epstein-victims-as-entirely-willing

PZ, and the article he quotes, make an interesting omission from the text of the conversation: Stallman asked a question before writing the words quoted above. Here is his full comment:

Does it really? I think it is morally absurd to define ‘rape’ in a way that depends on minor details such as which country it was in or whether the victim was 18 years old or 17

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9ke3ke/famed-computer-scientist-richard-stallman-described-epstein-victims-as-entirely-willing

It was, in fact, Stallman’s interlocutor who defined rape based on how many birthdays a woman has had. Stallman was actually making the same point as PZ Myers – albeit much more forcefully. Once again, PZ inverts the meaning of Stallman’s words and it leads to yet another lie.

Analysis:

Once again, facts don’t matter here. In PZ’s eyes, Stallman is a bad guy and it doesn’t really matter what you say about bad guys. You can lie about them with impunity on Pharyngula. “The cause” is the most important thing here, and Stallman made the mistake of trying to question it.

Final Tally:

Today: 0 science-related post, 5 posts on other stuff

Since 30 May 19: 105 science-related posts, 364 non-science posts.

22% of the posts on a “science blog” are about science. 

Today: 1 PZ Myers Lies

Since 30 May 19: 122 PZ Myers Lies

Over to you, PZ. Until tomorrow.

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