Book-burning Democrats order teachers to destroy science text

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How’s this for hypocrisy? A group of House Democrats who call everyone else “Nazis” and “science deniers” are ordering the nation’s teachers to destroy books that fail to include political propaganda:

Three ranking House Democrats on Monday urged teachers to throw away copies of a book written by climate scientists challenging the catastrophic global-warming view, saying the nation’s schools are “inappropriate” forums for such a discussion.

The Democratic blast at “climate deniers” came in response to a campaign by the conservative Heartland Institute to distribute free DVDs and copies of the 2015 book, “Why Climate Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” to about 200,000 K-12 science teachers.

The Democrats who penned the letter are Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas). Scott’s condemnation of the book was particularly totalitarian:

“Public school classrooms are no place for anti-science propaganda, and I encourage every teacher to toss these materials in the recycling bin,” said Rep. Bobby Scott, Virginia Democrat, ranking member of the Education and the Workforce Committee.

“Successful high school graduates are aware and engaged global citizens with an understanding of and appreciation for scientific fact,” said Mr. Scott in a press release. “If the Heartland Institute and other climate deniers want to push a false agenda on global warming, our nation’s schools are an inappropriate place to drive that agenda.”

The three authors of the book — Craig Idso, S. Fred Singer, and the late Robert M. Carter — are all literal scientists who hold doctorates and taught science at the university level. But they don’t know better than the government, according to Scott.

Heartland Institute president Joseph Bast was floored by the liberal backlash. In a March 3 letter to teachers, he asked them to “consider the possibility that the science is in fact not ‘settled'”:

“If that’s the case, then students would be better served by letting them know a vibrant debate is taking place among scientists on how big the human impact on climate is, and whether or not we should be worried about it,” said Mr. Bast. “That sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Not, apparently, to out-of-touch Democrats in Washington, DC.”

This is a crucial point that liberals miss: conservatives like Bast are not “climate deniers,” as Scott claimed. They don’t deny that climate change exists; rather, they challenge why it exists and whether or not and to what extent humans are the cause. But because liberals are as dogmatic as can be when it comes to the environment, any disagreement with their opinion is by default a denial.

But the irony award here belongs to Rep. Grijalva. Grijalva also branded the Heartland Institute as “climate deniers,” and chastised them for “lying to children about the world we live in to further corporate polluter profits.” However, back in 2015 Grijalva admitted to overreach when he demanded to know the sources of funding for University of Colorado Professor Roger Pielke Jr. because Pielke held a skeptical position on climate change.

If you want a modern example of fascism, look no further than liberal environmentalists.

  • John Richmond

    I’m especially proud of the way my former Rep. Scott struck back at corporate-funded junk science.

    And if Mr. Grijalva overreached, then so did members of Congress in this instance:

    And Ken Cuccinelli when he was Virginia’s Attorney General demanded that Michael Mann produce thousands of documents and have his funding cut. No apology has been heard from him either.

  • RAA

    liberal: Favoring reform, open to new ideas, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; not bound by traditional thinking; broad-minded.
    “the nation’s schools are “inappropriate” forums for such a discussion.” If the nation’s schools are NOT appropriate for such discussions, then what is?

    The modern “liberal” is at least as intolerant of any other viewpoint as they claim the far right to be. The government has been known to sponsor quite a bit of “junk science” (eye of the beholder) from time to time.

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  • RDB

    These three socialists need to be removed from office. Who do they think they are? They know nothing about the reason Hitler burned many books. They re stupid liberals with no concept of the Constitution and have no patriotism.

  • will

    Some think islamic doctrine has a place. Its happening so we need to be diligent. I know I will go postal when they try that on my child. I have showed my son some of the books and lessons about islam that have been found in 3 states I know of. He is to report to me immediately if any book or teaher mention the word evil, I mean islam

  • 6X6

    Here is an interesting report from the Washington Post that I want to post and hope it goes VIRAL!

    All you climate deniers take particular note!

    The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some
    places the seals are finding the water too hot, according to a report
    to the Commerce Department yesterday from Consulate, at Bergen, Norway
    Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical
    change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard-of temperatures in the
    Arctic zone.
    Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far
    north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.
    Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very
    Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones,
    the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely
    Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while
    vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far
    north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.
    Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will
    rise and make most coastal cities uninhabitable.
    * * * * * * * * *
    I must apologize.
    I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as
    reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post – 93 years ago
    This must have been caused by the Model T Ford’s emissions.

  • samw

    Global climate change is partialy explained by the Milankovitch Cycles. It is my opinion that geoengineering is the cause of massive die offs, aluminum oxide is bad for the ecosystem.

  • firehawk69

    The commies have been around for a long time, brother.

  • 6X6

    Indeed they have.

  • Bachelor With Sense

    Is it time to put a bounty on the heads of DemonRats? They have quite obviously gone over the edge!

    Have the DemonRats committed TREASON? Any rational thinking person would agree that they have done that!

  • I am ashamed and vexed that Bobby Scott represents any, repeat any, district in Virginia. Not mine, thank God. But of course he illustrates the maxim that all the Democrats need to do is to make their ideas pervasive in the most densely populated cities in any given State, and then presume to speak for all the people in that State, in all areas of the State.

    In truth, Bobby Scott is a scalawag. I pledge to do everything in my power against his re-election.

  • Bachelor With Sense

    Very good! However there is a minor problem within the quoted statement!

    Did you see the glaring problem?

    WHEN I have a glass of iced tea, and the ice melts, the water level goes DOWN because water occupies LESS Space than ICE!

    Try it yourself! Fill a glass with ice cubes, then add water until the glass is Full to the brim. Let it sit until ALL the Ice has melted! The water does NOT overflow the rim!

    QED… Democrats are LIARS!

  • samw

    Their loyalty is to globalism and the Religion of Global Warming.

  • dontucker

    Of course there is climate change and global warming may be partially anthropomorphic. How much and what impact on climate? We just don’t know!

  • 6X6

    Climate Change science has gone back thousands of years and climate change has always been with us. It is normal and natural. They were issuing the EXACT SAME WARNING in 1922 . . . it never happened. the plant life that feeds and houses us MUST have carbon to live and survive. BTW Jupiter is currently seeing a climate change of its own . . . the ultimate goal of global warming theorists is to separate wealth (tax Money) from wealthier nations to give to the poorer nations.

  • Patriot159

    “Public school classrooms are no place for anti-science propaganda…” Oh? Why is the government sponsored religion of evolution “taught” in schools when there is ZERO scientific evidence of transient specie evolution? They “teach” theory as science!
    March 25th, 2010:
    “During a House committee meeting, Rep. Hank Johnson (D) said he feared that stationing 8,000 Marines on Guam would cause the island to “become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.” They are known as Dumborats for a reason!!

  • William McNamara

    Notice how it’s always a democrat that does things like this? And they have the nerve to accuse Republicans of being “nazi’s”. Saul Alinsky 101. Accuse others of what you, yourself are doing to distract and direct attention away from what you are doing.