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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Explaining Eve Ensler's Nonsense

The following nonsense has been making its way around the blogosphere:

ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in it.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.

At first sight, this looks like an astonishingly ignorant statement that earthquakes cause global warming. I think it might be a different type of nonsense.

I have been reading what leftists have to say about “deniers” and I've noticed a common assumption: that anybody who denies the Obvious Truth about global warming has either been bribed by the Establishment or else is a religious fanatic who believes that God created the world as we see it and that nothing could possibly change. (God keep his eye on us all and won't let disasters happen.) If we “walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis” we can see that disasters can happen and that refutes the imaginary opinion attributed to us wingnuts.

This opinion is, of course, preposterous. It is wrong both about “deniers” (not all are religious fanatics) and wrong about religious people (they know disasters can happen and some even look forward to them). It is, however, not the same type of ignorance that it appears to be.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suppose it's important not to mistake one kind of flaming idiocy for a different kind of flaming idiocy.

11:00 AM  

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