Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Choir Begins Practicing

Ah, the fans of the Warmish Inquisition gird their loins for battle.

I noted recently a professor who wants global warming deniers imprisoned.

The digital green shirts gather their arguments in support:

Those denialists should face jail. They should face fines. They should face lawsuits from the classes of people whose lives and livelihoods are most threatened by denialist tactics.

Let’s make a clear distinction here: I’m not talking about the man on the street who thinks Rush Limbaugh is right, and climate change is a socialist United Nations conspiracy foisted by a Muslim U.S. president on an unwitting public to erode its civil liberties.

You all know that man. That man is an idiot. He is too stupid to do anything other than choke the earth’s atmosphere a little more with his Mr. Pibb burps and his F-150′s gassy exhaust. Few of us believers in climate change can do much more—or less—than he can.

Threats to the first amendment like this are reasons to cherish the second amendment, of course, as the article about that little proto-fascist, Adam Weinstein, notes.

What I'd like to note is the complete anti-science nature of the pro-global warming position that Weinstein takes. Let me repeat what he writes:

Few of us believers in climate change can do much more—or less—than he can.

In what world of science do you speak of "us believers in X"?

Would anybody speak of "believers in the laws of thermodynamics?" Or "believers in the laws of conservation of matter?" Or "believers in the Earth orbiting the Sun?" Or "believers in engineering?"

Belief is a feature of religion, and that's what people like Weinstein have created.

Science doesn't persecute those who disagree with the conclusions of science.

Fanatical belief purges heretics who believe the wrong ideas.

You all know that man. That man is a fanatic, displaying his digital "the end of the world is nigh" sandwich board to those passing by on the Internet.

Let's sing it, brothers and sisters!

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the greening of the Al:
He is trampling out the derricks where the oil of wrath is drilled;
He hath loosed the fateful thinking of His terrible swift gourd:
Al's inconvenient truth is marching on. ...

Now go and emit no more. Or else.