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Why I can’t take Sea Shepherd seriously pt. 2

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

endbSguLPaul Watson of Sea Shepherd is angry that some unnamed official representative of the Faroe Islands supposedly dropped out of a televised debate with him. He’s now issued a challenge to any Faroese whaler or whaling supporter to debate him in the alleged offical’s stead. He’s making out that Faroese people are scared to debate him.

If he wants to debate Faroese whalers and whaling supporters and if he’s interested in them seeing his challenge at all, however, he might want to consider revoking his ban, dating from 13/08/2015, prohibiting every single person with a Faroese IP from seeing his Facebook page.

Who’s scared to debate who again?

Look, by all means be against Faroese whaling, but for crying out loud stop supporting this manipulative and dishonest hypocrite. He doesn’t care about whales, he doesn’t care about truth, he only cares about your money.

He’s not even present here on the Faroe Islands. He hides behind a keyboard spreading lies and propaganda, while fleecing impressionable young idealogues and sending them to do his dirty work for him.

Post edit: Not to mention that maybe Faroese officials don’t have the time to debate Paul Watson what with the upcoming general election on September 1st and all.

Why I can’t take Sea Shepherd seriously

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The 29th of June the Facebook page of Sea Shepherd Denmark wrote about how Faroese police threatens tourists with fines and up to 2 years imprisonment for refusing to participate in Faroese whaling. It’s since been pointed out to them numerous times that this simply isn’t true. Yet they have to date never issued a correction let alone an apology for their false reporting as basic human decency, journalistic ethics, and intellectual integrity otherwise would demand.

Sea Shepherd also have proclaimed a list of rules for debating on their Facebook page, which include such choice items as “don’t use arguments that have already been rebutted” and “don’t keep repeating undocumented claims.” So I asked them, speaking of which, when were they going to issue a correction and/or apology for having reported something that wasn’t true? Their response? They deleted my comment and banned me from commenting on their page. This is fairly par for the course and representative of my experiences with debating Sea Shepherd in general. For instance, Paul Watson still hasn’t acknowledged or apologised for his lie that there are Minamata victims on the Faroe Islands.

Look, I get being riled up and disagreeing vehemently with people on certain issues. By all means, be angry, be passionate, be vocal about your point of view that Faroese whaling is wrong. However, if you’re unable to support this point of view without resorting to lying – which it is. Let’s be frank, if it were an honest mistake you wouldn’t mind correcting it – if you wilfully perpetuate falsehoods after it’s been pointed out to you they’re falsehoods, even if you believed it to be true when you initially shared it, you are a liar. And if you then systemically quash critical voices pointing out your mistake, you’ve graduated from liar to propagandist.

If you’re unable to argue your point of view without deceit, then no, you cannot be taken seriously.

And it doesn’t bode well for the merits of your point of view either.

Update: They just repeated their false claim less then an hour ago.

Update 2: This evening Jacob Vestergaard, Minster of Fisheries, contradicted the statement by the Faroese government in saying the new law would be enforced to the letter. It’s doubtful that’s even possible. How do you go about proving that someone saw a whale pod and didn’t report it?

On bridges, lifebelts, and being wrong

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

“There was once an atheist man,” a colleague of mine told me after someone outed my atheism to her. “Who fell into the ocean. And then he called out for Jesus.” She was a nice woman in her mid-life who had probably never met an atheist before. I could tell it shocked her profoundly that such a thing even existed – as if I had suddenly turned into a feral leprechaun before her very eyes. So I hurriedly ended my shift while politely informing her that, in the man’s stead, I would rather have called for a lifebelt.

LifebeltMaybe it’s just because I’m from the Faroe Islands but, in my experience, Christians seem obsessed with falling into the ocean. Another frequently used canard is the good old “If you saw someone falling into the ocean and you knew they couldn’t swim, wouldn’t you do anything to save them?” This is usually the go-to excuse for the “tough love” of the unpleasant and dishonest kind of proselytism and of the forcible injection of religion into education and politics. A variation is the oft-repeated bridge-gambit; “If someone were about to walk onto a bridge, you knew to be unstable, wouldn’t you be justified in saving them from danger by any means?”

The danger is Hell, the rickety bridge is (more…)

Faroese Controversy – Yet Again

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Once again my country made the international headlines for something negative. The prime minister of Iceland, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, is visiting the Faroe Islands and naturally brought her wife Jónína Leósdóttir along. Our own prime minister, Kaj Leo Johannesen, invited all of the Faroese party leaders to an official banquet to welcome the Icelandic prime minister and her wife to our country.

Jenis av Rana – who has been the subject of my rants before – refused, as the only party leader, as one out of three party leaders, one of which had a prior engagement and one who followed av Rana’s lead like a good doggy, to attend the banquet on the grounds that he is an incurable bigot. If you ask me the reaction should have been ‘good riddance’ (really now, if the hateful, bigoted extremists aren’t shunning you, you’re doing something wrong) but any Icelander who was hurt on behalf of Iceland has my complete understanding and full sympathy.

This might not even have been such a big deal if Mr. av Rana had simply (more…)