Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Prison For Heretics!

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Lawrence Torcello at the Rochester Institute of Technology argues that:
The importance of clearly communicating science to the public should not be underestimated. Accurately understanding our natural environment and sharing that information can be a matter of life or death. When it comes to global warming, much of the public remains in denial about a set of facts that the majority of scientists clearly agree on. With such high stakes, an organised campaign funding misinformation ought to be considered criminally negligent.
Liberalism at work again: justifying sending people to prison for actively disagreeing with the True Faith of Anthropogenic Global Warming!  It is amusing to watch all the liberals commenting in support of this, but making the distinction that it is okay to be skeptical or disagree, and that won't be criminal, but just don't be too loud about it -- that's what will get you locked up.

The parallel to the Church's punishment of Galileo for heresy is a bit too obvious.


  1. "Mr. Galileo, the science is settled. The Bishops had a vote!"

    As I recall, the church body that punished Galileo for heresy did not disagree with him about what he said, they merely objected (the same way my SIL objects to everything my brother says) to the way he said it; they wanted more time to get the population used to the idea.

  2. Galileo was presenting something as fact (and in Italian, so it was ready by ordinary folks) that was still really only theory.