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Climate Change Denial Is A Crime Against Humanity! by The Elephant's Child

The mystery Of just who the other “violent extremists” are is solved, by a post from spiked:

Whoever thought that serious commentators would want it made illegal to have a row about the weather? One Australian columnist has proposed outlawing ‘climate change denial’. ‘David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial’, she wrote. ‘Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offense. It is a crime against humanity, after all.’ (1) Others have suggested that climate change deniers should be put on trial in the future, Nuremberg-style, and made to account for their attempts to cover up the ‘global warming…Holocaust’.

The message is clear: climate change deniers are scum. Their words are so wicked and dangerous that they must be silenced, or criminalized, or forced beyond the pale alongside those other crackpots who claim there was no Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. Perhaps climate change deniers should even be killed off, hanged like those evil men who were tried Nuremberg-style the first time around.

Whatever the truth about our warming planet, it is clear there is a tidal wave of intolerance in the debate about climate change which is eroding free speech and melting rational debate. There has been no decree from on high or piece of legislation outlawing climate change denial, and indeed there is no need to criminalise it, as the Australian columnist suggests. Because in recent months it has been turned into a taboo, chased out of polite society by a wink and a nod, letters of complaint, newspaper articles continually comparing climate change denial to Holocaust denial. An attitude of ‘You can’t say that!’ now surrounds debates about climate change, which in many ways is more powerful and pernicious than an outright ban. I am not a scientist or an expert on climate change, but I know what I don’t like – and this demonisation of certain words and ideas is an affront to freedom of speech and open, rational debate.

Kind of explains the liberal disinterest in talk about free speech. We have noticed that those folks on the left are somewhat intolerant of disagreement. They really don’t like their ideas to be challenged.  Britain’s Royal Society wrote to ExxonMobil to demand that they cut off any funding to groups that have “misrepresented the science of climate change by outright denial  of the evidence.” Funny thing, I have never heard anyone deny that the climate changes. They simply deny that it is anything to get all excited about.  An open letter to the Society from climatologist Tim Ball argues that:

“scientific inquiry is unique because it requires falsifiability’: ‘The beauty of science is that no issue is ever “settled”, that no question is beyond being more fully understood, that no conclusion is immune to further experimentation. And yet for the first time in history, the Royal Society is shamelessly using the media to say emphatically: “case closed” on all issues related to climate change.”

Well, they’re coming to take me away, ha ha, they’re coming to take me away. We skeptics are to be grouped with Holocaust deniers, we will be “directly responsible for millions of deaths from starvation, famine and disease in decades ahead.” (Mark Lynas) I think it was Bobby Kennedy Jr. that wanted us put in concentration camps. So there you go.



Josh Earnest Says White House Summit Will Include All Types of Extremism by The Elephant's Child

Not just Islamic Extremism. Not Islamic terrorism. Not the kind of terrorism that killed 32.004 innocent people last year, but — all kinds. We may yet discover that the White House believes that the Tea Party threatens Western civilization, or perhaps it’s College rapists. Code Pink? Ferguson protestors? Who knows?

Martha MacCallum grilled State Department spokesgirl Marie Harf:

Martha MacCallum: Every time we see this exchange it seems like the answer is so tortured. Its so difficult to say what everyone around the world feels so clearly it is. Leaders have said in Canada, and Australia and Paris where they have felt it so personally, they’ve all said quite clearly that the battle is against Islamic extremism. Why is that so hard to say?

Marie Harf: “Well, it’s not hard to say but it’s not the only type of extremism we face. I would recommend people look at this administration’s counter-terrorism record… Much of it is Islamic. But some of it is not. So we’re going to focus on all of the different kinds of extremism. With a heavy focus on those who do this in the name of Islam. We would say falsely in the name of Islam. But there are other forms of extremism.

MacCallum: Tell me, what other forms of extremism are particularly troubling and compelling to you right now?

Harf: Well look, there are people out there who want to kill other people in the name of a variety of causes.

That is so pathetic. You can tell that if the proposed summit meeting actually takes place,nothing of significance will take place. Supposedly  President Obama does not want to be associated in any way with the word “terror.” And that accomplishes just what?

We are looking at this administration’s counter-terrorism record, that’s the problem.




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