ADL – a step too far in entirely the wrong direction

Shelley Rose, ADL Southeast Interim Regional Director issued the following statement:

University of Alabama-Huntsville Professor Roy Spencer’s analogy of proponents of global warming to Nazis is outrageous and deeply offensive. This analogy is just the latest example of a troubling epidemic of comparisons to Hitler and the Holocaust.

I say that the above comment would make any normal person feel dirty for having read it, and not least because it was carefully pruned to remove what Roy actually said.

But much more importantly signifies an impending war on climate skepticism. Preparations have passed the planning stage and this action by ADL is the first salvo of the war.

Be aware that the comment is not some naive faux-pas, even though it may eventually be withdrawn, it is the enemy prodding its adversary. It follows on from some recent battle cries that originated from more sinister organisations. Needless to say, there are some very dodgy groups pulling strings in the background and they are stoking up a climate of fear. They intend to use intimidation, persecution and acts of law to silence skeptics.

The war has just ratcheted up from blog banter and jousting to something extremely distasteful that everyone should be seriously concerned about. It’s high time the skeptical blogosphere got its act together and acknowledged exactly what it is fighting.

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3 Responses to ADL – a step too far in entirely the wrong direction

  1. Gail Combs says:

    I agree. The escalation is worrying.

  2. I think the article can be made more clear. Spencer made very clear that his remark is a pushback against people who use the “denier” smear to cast AGW skeptics themselves as some sort of Nazi. The ADL’s selective outrage is itself outrageous and pathetic.

    • Tim Spence says:

      True, that was the most important point and certainly Roy Spencer has been a little misrepresented. Now it looks like the matter has calmed down a little but the politicians who continue to talk about ‘deniers’ and flat earthers should get the same blow-back.

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