with Peter Sinclair
“..and other living things.” I might add.
Science denial is the ultimate Child Abuse – and climate denial is at the top of the list.
Sandusky comparisons, anybody?
Check with National Review, that is more up their alley.
Well those who deny what is happening are if not abusers of children are certainty criminals of the greater society. If they are responsible for the death of hundreds of millions, should the fossil fuel execs , politicians, special interests be any less guilty of their crimes then the defeated Nazi’s at Nuremberg in 1946?
The interesting thing, of course, is that folks who bring their children up to believe in the things they’ve been taught to believe, think that they’re doing absolutely the right thing for their kids. If you’re strongly sold on the creationism story you’ve got a lot of baggage to shake off before you can get with the 21st Century.
I recently was taken to task for having exposed, via letters to the editor, the teaching of global warming denialism in Ohio State-Lima climate courses. Some loyal Buckeyes thought that I was needlessly hurting the OSU brand by this exposure. Shouldn’t such matters be dealt with internally and, moreover, quietly?
I responded by comparing that argument to the one that it was needlessly hurting the Penn State brand to expose both the depredations of Jerry Sandusky in Happy Valley and the attempt by university officials to cover up that ugly business.
Of course teaching young adults global warming denialism as science is not as bad as what Sandusky did. But, given what is at stake in the global warming debate, I think it pretty bad. Most readers here, I suppose, would tend to agree with me. But the general public? Not so much.
Makes me think of people propping up the Ptolemeic universe after Copernicus: that also didn’t fit the observed facts, so epicycles and bizarre addenda were added and then more, and then more because nothing could make it accurate. It’s a book where each page has one line of text and the rest of the page is filled with footnotes about it… Only that book has been hidden behind the bookshelf and only comic books have been left for people to see so they can’t understand how idiotic the foundations of their version of reality is.
PS. Doesn’t he look like Lincoln here?
Teaching creationism in schools is teaching religion. If conservatives are okay with that one point out that the need for “balance” would also require an equal amount of time being given to say, athesim (Dawkins “the god delusion” becoming required reading in every US school?) or how about Islam (and the Koran too?).
Point this out to any Conservative and see how quickly they change their tune!
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