Scented Nectar wrote:
comhcinc wrote:Your point?
That it's a shitty and dishonest thing to do.
Indeed. Thanks for at least the moral support (not sure yet whether I'll start a GoFundMe account for defraying the costs of retaining PopeHat .... ;-) ), and to everyone else who similarly showed the flag.
Definitely a rather dickish thing for our comhcinc to have done - letting his spleen get the better of his brain. While I appreciate that he has, apparently, deleted the first offending tweet, one might suggest he be obliged to contact everyone who's seen, or who will see, it and similarly correct their misapprehensions. Seem to recollect reading a Russian short story many years ago along the same lines - the offending rumour-monger was obliged to write something on a piece of paper, tear it up, throw the pieces to the wind from the local church belfry and then go and pick them all up.
In any case, as sort of a point of order, and relative to Francis Bacon's "Therefore shoddy and inept application of words lays siege to the intellect in wondrous ways”, I might suggest that while the accusation is rather odious, pedophilia
seems technically not to qualify as a crime in itself; devil's in the details and all that:
paedophile (ˈpiːdəʊˌfaɪl) or pedophile
(Psychiatry) a person who is sexually attracted to children
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition
And the urge to do something - and, of course, no one has ever had an urge to commit murder or larceny - is a rather different kettle of fish from actually acting on such.