UPDATE…read here: populartechnology.net/skeptics-smeared-as-holocaust-deniers.html
Many of us were shocked at hearing the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) had sharply criticized University of Alabama climate scientist Dr. Roy Spencer because he finally decided to defend himself against the constant stream of Holocaust-laced slurs and abuse that had been thrown his way by rabid global warming activists over years. The reason for the continuous string of slurs and insults? The leading climatologist disagreed with alarmist climate science. His scientific opinions were different.
So why is the ADL focusing only on Spencer’s harsh choice of words and totally ignoring the years of Holocaust-laden “denier” slurs and analogies that have been fired regularly at skeptic scientists and journalists? We can only speculate that they have been sleeping on the job.
What follows are just a few examples of the hate and defamation that skeptics (people with a different opinion) have been the target of.
In 2006 Grist Magazine’s David Roberts called for Nuremberg-style trials for the “bastards” of the global warming “denial industry.” Professor Roger Pielke Jr. responded on October 9, 2006: “Let’s be blunt. This allusion is an affront to those who suffered and died in the Holocaust. This allusion has no place in the discourse on climate change.” He’s right and surely the ADL agrees.
How can anyone equate disagreement on climate science to denying the Holocaust? Roberts thinks that denying the Holocaust is equal to denying his climate science? To me this is a diminishment of the Holocaust of the nastiest sort.
Former NASA GISS director and global warming activist James Hansen accused skeptics of global warming scientists of committing “a crime against humanity”, a label used to describe atrocities like genocide or the Nazi Holocaust. Hansen even equated coal wagons to rail cars that transported Jews to concentration camps. How sickening can you get? Why was there not a peep from the ADL?
Yet another extremely deplorable example of intolerance and intellectual arrogance occurred just 15 months ago when University of Graz music professor Robert Parncutt openly called for the death penalty for climate skeptics, a clear defamation of people who simply have a different view of climate science. Parncutt portrayed skeptics as criminals so heinous that they deserved to die. Where was the ADL?
Yesterday Marc Morano at his Climate Depot reminded us of the disturbingly twisted final-solution-type fantasies greenshirt zealots have for climate science skeptics. NYU bioethicist S. Matthew Liao, who thinks skepticism in climate science is a mental illness. ‘If you can give something like oxytocin to people, then maybe they’ll be more willing to cooperate, to care more about the environment’. This reminds of how Alan Turing‘s homosexuality was viewed in a similarly appalling way. For his “deviance”, Turing was chemically castrated by the British government and became so depressed that he was driven to suicide. At the time 97% of experts said homosexuality was deviant.
Morano offers other examples of systematic defamation and criminalization of alternative scientific thought.
Far worse and disturbing, however, is that global warming zealots openly express their violent fantasies of dehumanizing, criminalizing and blowing skeptics into bloody bits and pieces. Where is the ADL? From which regimes have we seen such a level of arrogance and intolerance in the past?
Image cropped from 10:10 – No Pressure clip.
Last spring, the German government even went so far as to issue a 123-page brochure that singled out and named US and German skeptic scientists and journalists, and warned the German public not to listen to them. German journalist Henryk Broder, who himself is Jewish, found the German policy so shocking that it reminded him of the Reichskulturkammer, a Nazi agency charged with making sure German art remained “pure”. Even Jewish intellectuals like Broder are ringing the alarm bells. Where’s the ADL?
So precisely what ingredients are needed to cook up an atrocity, like those fantasized in the 10:10 No Pressure video? In the 1973 Ascent of Man series scientist Jacob Bronowski provides the answer: arrogance and dogma.
That deliberate deafness to suffering has become the monster in the war machine. […] The assertion of dogma that closes the mind and turns a nation, a civilization into a regiment of ghosts, of obedient ghosts, or of tortured ghosts. […]
This is where people were turned into numbers. Into this pond were flushed the ashes of some 4 million people. And that was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge with no test in reality, this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods […] Every judgement in science stands on the edge of error, and is personal.”
It is the belief of having absolute knowledge and being the keeper of the truth that turns one into a dangerous menace. Bronowski aptly quotes Oliver Cromwell:
I beseech you from the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.”
This is what skeptics are pleading – and for this they are being criminalized and defamed.
Ironically many of the skeptics being attacked and labeled deniers are Jews themselves: Fred Singer (who actually fled the Nazis), Richard Lindzen, Nir Shaviv, Benny Peiser, to name four off the top of my head. I wonder what they think of the ADL’s one-sided attack on Dr Spencer. My guess is that they are appalled by the ADL’s blindness and poorly judged move.
Bronowski ends with the moving images of him scooping the remains from a pond, where he pleads:
We have to touch people.”
Touch people…and not blow them up to bits and pieces.