Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Of TUPOC, Patrick Ross and arguing in bad faith.

On a number of occasions, I've pointed folks at this delightful example of arguing in bad faith. Note how, over the course of that exchange, we went from:

"The United States has 50 states."


"Wow, so you don't think people in Guam and Puerto Rico should be considered people, huh? You don't think those people count? Man, you liberals are all the same, talking about inclusion and diversity, but you're all racist and you spend all your time downloading Michael Moore porn. You disgust me!"

We all know someone who argues this dishonestly; the basis for this sort of dishonesty is the obsessive need to "win" every argument, even if you have to misrepresent every single thing your opponent says. (It's worth pointing out that it is precisely Patrick Ross' relentless misrepresentation and bad faith rhetoric that got him where he is now -- an undischarged bankrupt who owes me around $110,000 and is currently having his wages garnished to pay that off. But that's a side note. Onward.)

Do we really need to point out that The United People of Canada are taking a page from Patrick's rancidly dishonest rhetorical playbook? Behold:

In a statement emailed to CBC Wednesday night, one of TUPC's directors, William Komer, alleged the owners of St. Brigid's tried to "unlawfully evict" the organization after it raised concerns "regarding what we understand to be breaches of the Ontario Human Rights Code by the property owners."

The statement also says church owners are punishing TUPC "for refusing to discriminate against people based on their creed."

Um, no ... one is not annoyed with TUPOC because of their religious affiliation or policy on discrimination; rather, one wants them the fuck out of St. Brigid's because they're all part of the "Freedom Convoy" that terrorized downtown Ottawa for three weeks in February, and because they stiffed the owner for the rent.

And that's how arguing in bad faith works. Ask Patrick.

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