First there was columnist Ellen Goodman, who equated global warming skeptics with Holocaust deniers. Now we have the suffragan Bishop of Stafford in the UK, the Right Reverend Gordon Mursell, who compared skeptics to Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who repeatedly raped his daughter, fathered nine children through her, and kept them all locked in a cellar. Of course, he denies that’s what he intended, but it’s sure what he said:
A Church of England bishop has been criticised after he compared climate change sceptics to the Austrian child abuser Josef Fritzl.
The Bishop of Stafford, the Right Reverend Gordon Mursell, said it was hard to imagine a more disgusting crime than Fritzl’s, who sealed his daughter in a cellar for 24 years.
But Dr Mursell added: ‘You could argue that, by our refusal to face the truth about climate change, we are as guilty as he is.
Monika Fritzl was born in the cellar where Josef Fritzl imprisoned his daughter
‘We are in effect locking our children and grandchildren into a world with no future and throwing away the key.’
His comments, which were made in a pastoral letter addressed to churchgoers, have been widely attacked.
One critic accused the Church of England of elevating global warming to be a new religion.
Too late, the Goracle and his acolytes in the Church of Anthropogenic Global Warming have already done that:
Question the evidence, and you’re a denier. Present evidence to the contrary, and you become a demon in their eyes. A heretic fit only for burning.
Don’t get me wrong: I’ve had conversations with reasonable advocates of the reality of AGW who are willing to listen to evidence to the contrary, who agree there’s a lot more investigative work to be done. We may in the end agree to disagree, but the discussion is civil.
But fools like Bishop Mursell are a positive hindrance, sheep following their Green Shepherd to a promised Ecological Paradise. By shouting down dissenting views and demanding we accept the "consensus," they become the very antithesis of the scientific method, and their proposed solutions could do real harm in the real world.