Democrats, and lawyers, should be ashamed. They herein attempt to criminalize and thereby censor scientific dissent with this fascist move. And we all should be up in arms over this.
I believe the notion of human induced climate change is likely correct. I likewise believe that we need action now to address this likely fact. And I know to a 100% certainty that corporate interests do constantly seek to pervert good quality scientific research.
And, more importantly, and despite all the above, I also believe that this move by these mental midgets is a swing not only at free speech but at the fundamental driver of scientific innovation – that is the existence of vigorous debate particularly in opposition to a majority scientific consensus. The sin qua non of scientific innovation, without fail, in history, has been the overthrow of a majority position by a minority position. Over and over again a majority position falls to one that has previously been disfavored. These are apparently democrat politicians first and critically minded lawyers second – or maybe not at all. And these clowns want to deny the prime catalyst in science because, unlike everyone else in the history of the world, they’ve “got it all figured out.”
And, of course the same “sin” is prevalent in republican circles. I make no defense of them as they take similar positions designed to censor minority views.
I spend a lot of time in the little prayer chapel at my school asking God for answers. In those moments of inquiry, confusion, and yearning, sometimes I expect Him to give me an answer right away. Yet most of the time, God doesn’t work that way. And that’s totally okay. Sometimes what we really need […]
via Peace in the Questions — Him in Me and Me In Him
Virtue or money…
The man with the funny hair and the forward brow says “We’ll win…We’ll be on top again…We’ll make money…We’ll beat the Chinese…We’ll make America great again!”…and the crowd cheers for their hero…and, yet, a few remain mystified asking “How can this be?”
“If the leading purpose of American society is to protect people’s ability to acquire and preserve property, then who indeed would have a better claim to lead the state than the person who had already shown a notable aptitude for the acquisition and enlargement of his property?”
– Professor Hadley Arkes, Natural Law
American culture has little remaining interest in Virtue. Money now holds sway.
– Native Son
Last night I saw a program that detailed the influx of Catholic Latin Americans into Islam. As the story went they were “rediscovering their ancestral roots”…Moorish Spain and Portugal having been under Islam for at least 600 years between 700 and 1500 AD. This is, of course, an amazing line of nonsense as the Islamics occupied this part of Europe and the peoples therein for all this time by nothing but murderous force and violence.
So what is the allure of Islam to these people?
The forms of Islam (religious rules prescribing an unbending, ordered, purposeful way of living) appear as a sort of shelter against the pervasive life-sucking quality of western culture and its givenness to its post-modern materialistic-technologlistic-scientististic and androgynistic underpinnings. Modern western man is lost and adrift in his reliance on his culture’s ability to tell him who he is and why he exists – the ultimate questions of life. This is both the endpoint revelation and the consequence of the failure of the 18th century’s Enlightenment world view…that God is dead…and that man and human knowledge are the true messiah.
The western church, having given itself over to post-modern western culture, on the other hand, stands as no shelter. It is neutered and weak and provides no way out of the mire. It is wracked by the same lostness as is the broader culture.
This is, however, a new beginning. The church will out of its complacency arise. She is about to wake up. Watch and listen.
– Native Son
Cold Feet about the First Amendment…?
Those who, out of fear, would willingly throw away the right to free speech, our birthright as Americans and the foundation of democratic government, would do well to pay heed to Justice Marshall’s words –
“History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure. The World War II Relocation-camp cases, and the Red Scare and McCarthy-era internal subversion cases, are only the most extreme reminders that when we allow fundamental freedoms to be sacrificed in the name of real or perceived exigency, we invariably come to regret it.”
–Justice Thurgood Marshall’s dissenting opinion in Skinner v. Railway Labor
This is not only what has happened in our country but it is the history of nations. The fear mongerers are at it…right now. Both on the left and the right.
Note to my son…
Part of the broader paradox that is human existence is this notion, proven true by experience, that it’s the trials and challenges that make us better, stronger, kinder, more refined people. This principle has been stated albeit with differing levels of hopefulness by those on both sides of the theist/anti-theist divide.
This notion as a biblical principle is announced variously by Job…But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23:10). And by King David…For you, God, tested us; you refined us like silver. (Psalm 66:10). And, of course, with a less hopeful more self-reliant tone by the ubermensch anti-theist Nietzsche, who declared…That which does not kill us makes us stronger.
As a young lawyer it was apparent to me that only those who were willing to stand and risk very public failure – and all the attendant embarrassment – would eventually rise above to a more noble place – the place of mastery in the pursuit of that extremely difficult to reach thing called justice. Along the way there were innumerable put downs by those both within and without the camp. Bosses as naysayers and opponents as naysayers. Judges who sought to protect their own ugly agendas. Clients who were unappreciative despite being served above and beyond. I often felt alone. And after enduring all this, justice itself was still too often elusive. And yet all of it was of great value to me. I would change nothing.
Dream bigger son…and reach for the highest things. What else could you do?
If what’s divine is shuttled in the name of modernity and technology and progress then good and evil are likewise left behind…the irrelevant detritus of a bygone age. And…
“When you pass beyond good and evil, you pass into the realm where might is right, and where anything that reminds you of the old moral values-for instance, a large Jewish community-stands in your way and must be obliterated.” – NT Wright, Evil and the Justice of God
This is the hopelessness of contemporary life….the false promise of materialism, technology, and science – and their delivery of meaninglessness and the consequent destruction of any notion of human dignity.
As Ivan said, if God does not exist…then all things are permissible.