If all else fails, just intimidate them.
Can you imagine if a group set up a website to name people, with their place of work, who did not believe Allah is the one true god? Not only that, the site actively encourages its visitors to supply it with more names of other people who don’t believe in Allah either. Would such a site be considered a breach of the civil liberties of the named individuals? What would be the legal position if one of them was injured or killed by an extremist Muslim, because of the publication of their name?
I’m not sufficiently versed in the law to answer these questions but my feeling is there would be some sort of case to answer here. Certainly, given a person’s full name and place of work, it’s a trivial exercise to find out where they and their families live.
This is not a theoretical scenario, since the direct equivalent of the above has just been done by a group calling itself Forecast the Facts (FtF). Their new site names these “denier” (their word) TV Meteorologists, together with their place of work and a selected quote. I wonder how long it’ll take before the FtF demands they wear a star of a certain colour sewn onto their jacket, when they’re on the air and not backing up the global warming meme?
The TV weathermen have always been a highly visible part of the mainstream media (MSM), which embarrassingly was lukewarm about the whole idea of man-made global warming. They appear daily on TV screens across the world and manage to predict the short-term weather without needing to link it to global warming. Their professional association in the States, the American Meteorological Society (AMS), has always maintained a vaguely noncommittal position on the issue, because this reflected the thinking of the vast majority of its members, two-thirds of whom do not support the theory.
Weathermen and women, know something from years of practical experience that climate modellers appear to be ignorant of; the weather, like the climate, is inherently unpredictable more than a few days into the future. This is why the majority of them have never believed in the climate models (GCMs) and their predictions of what the climate was going to be like hundreds of years hence.
They and their association, have now been targeted by this newly created campaign group. It’s appeared out of nowhere but a little research has revealed it’s being bankrolled by some of the usual suspects, George Soros being one. It’s a two-pronged attack.
Firstly, they want the AMS to come out with a strong statement supporting the theory of man-made global warming and they’ve even helpfully supplied a statement drafted by some unnamed experts as a basis for it.
Secondly, they’re exerting pressure on its grass-roots membership to either shut them up or force them to broadcast the alarmist line with their weather reports. This is intimidation, plain and simple.
From a certain viewpoint, the AMS is a labour union. A basic function of any union, is to protect its individual members from victimisation by forces greater than any one of them could resist. There is no chance of the AMS issuing the new statement demanded by FtF, since it’s not even an agenda item at their annual meeting, which is occurring in New Orleans at this moment. However, I think it should go a lot further than that.
The issue here is not whether they should bow down and publish the demanded statement or not, but that they should be protecting their membership from raw naked intimidation by an ad hoc extremist political group.
The only statement it should issue, is a robust defense of its members’ democratic and scientific right to damn well come to their own conclusions about the validity or not of global warming.
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