This article on Jo Nova’s Blog cites the AUS Attorney General in a foray into Climate Change and free speech.
Climate change believers are using ‘medieval’ tactics to silence debate says George Brandis http://joannenova.com.au/2014/04/climate-change-believers-are-using-mediaeval-tactics-to-silence-debate-says-george-brandis/
Originally from here – http://www.spiked-online.com/freespeechnow/fsn_article/the-state-should-never-be-the-arbiter-of-what-people-can-think#.U1GUKI2KDIW
George Brandis made three mistakes.
ONE He “doesn’t see why asking questions about the science should evoke a shocking form of authoritarianism and anti-intellectualism“.
George, this is because doubt is anathema to Alarmism, if there is any doubt in the mind of the public they will want to wait-and-see, not accept the we-must-act-now precautionary principle and the whole thing will fail to launch. That is why sceptics must be attacked as “deniers”.
TWO He “describes as ‘deplorable’ the way climate change has become a gospel truth that you deny or mock at your peril“
This is because Climate Change is more a spiritual belief and people get very upset if you deny their spiritual beliefs, George.
THREE He “describes how Penny Wong, the Labor Party senator for South Australia and minister for climate change in the Julia Gillard government, would ‘stand up in the Senate and say “The science is settled””
George, the “science is settled” claim is an oxymoron – science that cannot be argued and debated and disproven is, by definition, not science.
It is very ironic to me that a staunch conservative is bemoaning freedom of speech.
When I was young man “The Left” had the high moral ground.
George is right, but he has to get people to vote for him every three years, better to smile at Greenies, pat them on the head, agree with their spiritual beliefs but never take them seriously, that is the practical political position, George.
Oh, and starve them of funds.