How do you deal with opposing points of view? Listen, consider and decide? Debate? Or just demand that they shut up so that yours is the only side heard?
Here is the answer for some people…via Howard Kurtz\’s article at foxnews.com:
Heating up: Climate change advocates try to silence Krauthammer
Charles Krauthammer says it right up front in his Washington Post column: “I\’m not a global warming believer. I\’m not a global warming denier.”
He does, however, challenge the notion that the science on climate change is settled and says those who insist otherwise are engaged in “a crude attempt to silence critics and delegitimize debate.”
How ironic, then, that some environmental activists launched a petition urging the Post not to publish Krauthammer\’s column on Friday.
Their response to opinions they disagree with is to suppress the speech.
Why engage Krauthammer when they might just be able to employ pressure tactics to silence him? And what\’s the difference between this and shouting down a speaker at a town hall?
Krauthammer told me the petition-signers “showed up just in time to make precisely the point I made in the column.”
When it comes to free speech, he says, “they don\’t even hide it anymore. Now they proudly want certain arguments banished from discourse. The next step is book burning. So the question of the day is: Can you light a Kindle?
“Is there anything more anti-scientific than scientific truths being determined by petition and demonstration?”
What a great idea. I mean, if no one has access to other points of view, you have to win, right?
Isn\’t this what we fought against in World War II? Isn\’t this what enlightened people are supposed to abhor?
Isn\’t this the kind of behavior that mouth-breathing troglodytes are supposed to engage in?
Well, guess what: in some “enlightened” quarters, it is perfectly acceptable. “We\’re right and they\’re wrong so let\’s shut them the hell up and then people will only hear what is right, otherwise known as our view of things.”
Sieg heil, guys. And just to show you I understand, here\’s a picture of your kindred “thinkers”.
No need to thank me. Just think of it as your “selfie” from the past.