Bizarre: Anti-Defamation League apparently gives a green light to defamation of climate skeptics by comparing them to Holocaust Deniers

UPDATE: 2/27 6:30AM PST It seems the person making the attack, Shelley Rose, is part of a climate activist group, see below.

UPDATE: 2/27 2:50PM PST, The ADL Atlanta website has deleted comments on the issue, and has closed the press release to further comments. See below.

Boy, this is ugly, and I hope this boils down to simply an error in judgement by a lower tier administrator because this is like some bizzaro-world episode; on one hand the Anti-Defamation League is coming down against the “…type of comparison diminishes and trivializes the Holocaust.“, while on another they are giving a “get out of jail free card” to the people who have repeatedly done that very thing over several years.

Two telephone calls and two emails today requesting comment from ADL’s Southeast Interim Regional Director Shelly Rose have gone unanswered. She’s aware of my calls. I asked for her directly, gave my name and affiliation, and after a pause on hold her assistant asked if it would be OK to “send you to voice mail”. Ms Rose did provide a copy of the press release below, after I queried the main organization in New York after receiving a tip about this release, but found no evidence of its existence on the ADL Press Center website. The press release below still isn’t on the website as of this writing at 6:15PM EST well after close of business there. All of my requests were done during normal business hours for both the Atlanta and NYC office.

I have to wonder if the main organization is endorsing this press release, or if this is some regional director who went rogue.

Here is the press release. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Shelley Rose (404) 262-3470 work; 678-938-1399 cell

srose@adl.org

ADL Condemns Spencer’s Nazi Analogy

February 25, 2014,  Atlanta, Georgia … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced remarks by University of Alabama – Huntsville professor Roy Spencer who wrote on his blog that those who refer to him as a climate change “denier” should be called “global warming Nazis” and that they are supporting policies that will kill far more people than the Nazis ever did — all in the name of what they consider to be a righteous cause.”

He also claims those who advocate for policies to slow global warming are “like the Nazis” in that they are fascist and anti-capitalist. The post is also accompanied by an image of a swastika.

Shelley Rose, ADL Southeast Interim Regional Director issued the following statement:

University of Alabama Professor Roy Spencer’s analogy of proponents of global warming to Nazis is outrageous and deeply offensive.  This analogy is just the latest example of a troubling epidemic of comparisons to Hitler and the Holocaust.

It has become too common to use comparisons to the Holocaust and Nazi imagery to attack people with opposing views, whether the issue is global warming, immigration or stem-cell research.

The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better.  Their deaths should not be used for political points or sloganeering.  This type of comparison diminishes and trivializes the Holocaust. There is no place for it in civil discussions.

Shelley Rose |Interim Regional Director

Anti-Defamation League | 3490 Piedmont Road; Suite 610 | Atlanta, Georgia 30305

Phone: 404-262-3470 I Fax: 404-262-3548 I Cell: 678-938-1399 I srose@adl.org

ADL website I our blog I facebook I twitter I youtube I pinterest I google+ I linkedin

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I queried Ms Rose for a comment on the last paragraph, asking:

Wouldn’t that also apply to the use of “denier” to denigrate people, including Dr. Spencer. whose research has nothing to do with the holocaust or denial of it?

I also asked her to comment on the “green light” as a working title, asking if it was an accurate representation of their position. It was clear to me from the lack of response to two emails and two telephone calls was ” no comment”.

From their website, apparently slurs in major league football rate higher in concern than comparing climate skeptics to holocaust deniers for the purpose of denigration:

ADL Welcomes NFL’s Willingness to Address Hate Speech

The League welcomed reports that the NFL is considering how to discourage the use of offensive slurs during the course of games and said that “the question of how to address offensive speech and the best ways to counter it on playing fields and in locker rooms is an important conversation.”

And that’s why I think this is bizarre. The selective hypocrisy is stunning. I’m hoping the main office in New York will come to their senses and disavow the press release from the “Interim Regional Director”. Surely they must see the ugly conundrum they’ve manufactured for themselves.

Dr. Roy Spencer responds:

Hypocrisy at the Anti-Defamation League?

He asks exactly what I was thinking; where was ADL all these years when such ugly and hateful comparisons were being made:

Ms. Rose, where was your organization when journalists, politicians, and even some scientists, chose to call us skeptics “deniers”?

We don’t deny either “global warming” or “climate change”. Yet, we are called “deniers”. Ms. Rose, do you have any inkling why the term “denier” (which is a lie) might be used against us, rather than the term “skeptic” (which is accurate)? I think you know why.

I’d really like to know how ADL can turn a blind eye the use of “denier” for the purpose of denigration while at the same time calling out a victim of the denigration for fighting back after years of abuse.

There’s also a newspaper article about it:

UAH climate expert Roy Spencer calls critics ‘global warming Nazis’; Anti-Defamation League objects

http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/02/uah_climate_expert_roy_spencer.html

UPDATE: The PR is now posted on the Atlanta ADL website here

http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/

Comments are allowed there. Be civil if you leave comments please.

The only thing that makes sense to me is that this person simply doesn’t know the history, and committed a terrible error in judgment.

UPDATE2: 2/27 6:30AM PST It seems the person making the attack, Shelly Rose, is part of a climate activist group, see photo and caption.

Shelly_rose_stepitup

The caption reads:

Congregations Caring for the Climate – Atlanta, GA

Bill Witherspoon, from Congregation Bet Haverim writes: This was taken Friday evening before Erev Shabbat Services. We had about three times this many for services eventually, but these were the ones who arrived in time for the photo. As part of our second week of the Omer to Honor the Earth, Shelley Rose (third from right, just right of our Torah scrolls) gave the d’var (sermon) on acting with awareness that we all breathe the same air, and Tovah Melaver (second from right) led a breathing meditation.

April 13, 2007

Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepitup2007/464126698/

You can read all about this organization at http://stepitup2007.org

Of note is the list of “Friends and Allies” which reads like a who’s who in climate activism.

This whole episode makes a lot more sense now.

UPDATE3: 2/27 2:50PM PST, The ADL Atlanta website has deleted many comments on the issue, and has closed the press release to further comments. About an hour ago, I noted 90 comments were posted, now it is down to 50. See below.

ADL_website_delete

Meanwhile I’ve drafted and sent a letter by email and by fax to ADL National Director, ABRAHAM H. FOXMAN asking if ADL plans to comment on the issue, and to ask id they plan to apply their condemnation equally, along with examples of what climate skeptics have been subjected to over the years. I think they simply have been caught unaware in a conundrum created by their Atlanta Interim Director.

I ask that if anyone makes communications with this organization, please be factual and respectful – Anthony

 

 

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Lou
February 26, 2014 3:21 pm

It sure is getting out of control with these warmists. Nazis and USSR communists did the same thing… Obama and others are calling us names…

Jim Brock
February 26, 2014 3:24 pm

Betcha she is a dyed in the wool liberal.

cooler head
February 26, 2014 3:24 pm

ADL is a Communist organization first and foremost. All of their posturing and condemnations are a part of a Communist agenda. So this really isn’t bizarre at all.

KNR
February 26, 2014 3:25 pm

Spencer was a bad if justified move , as for Anti-Defamation League well its selective plenty of defamation statements are made against people like AGW sceptics without them showing any concern .
rule one its not the nature of victim nor the nature of their plight that matters , what matters is the nature of who can be blamed.
In case you ever wonder how the left can show such great ‘concern’ for one group of people but none for others even if their situation is worse ,. or how they can suddenly take people from being ‘victims ‘ that have to be helped to people they care nothing about , rule one is the reason.

February 26, 2014 3:26 pm

responding to the denier word is the mistake imo. they call people names on purpose to provoke a response and so move the debate away from THE EVIDENCE.

Chris B
February 26, 2014 3:28 pm

Upon what foundation do organizations such as ADL base their moral convictions?
I suspect there is a Common Core shared with adherents of the CAGW ideology.

February 26, 2014 3:28 pm

The games begin, these righteous citizens will, in their blindness, now proceed to defend the indefensible.
If they had any ethics, they would have objected to the holocaust smears some years back.
Especially the use of denier by public officials and public figures.
Now they just portray themselves as pompous asses.

Bolshevictim
February 26, 2014 3:29 pm

[snip – we aren’t going to get into that historical debate here, please stick to the topic at hand -mod]

brent
February 26, 2014 3:32 pm

PMQs: Our witchfinder-general, aka Ed Miliband, wants to burn climate change deniers at the stake
The long-fingered witchfinder-general began the inquisition quietly. This was one of those weeks in which the Labour whips had thrown the switch in their office to Wall of Noise: Off. There was no mistaking the menace in the young inquisitor’s questions, however. Monsignor Miliband brushed aside the defence by the heretic of his spending on flood defences as “phoney”. He demanded to know “the truth” about climate change. The defendant, who had been calling himself the Prime Minister, tried to change the subject. He accused the inquisitor’s assistant, Ed Balls, of carrying out a “zero-based spending review”. This is a kind of papal indulgence that allows anyone under interrogation to refuse to answer questions.
Unfortunately for the defendant, who declared bravely that he would be Prime Minister for all of five years, the inquisitor foiled this attempt to close the windows into a man’s soul. Monsignor Miliband asked the defendant to “set out for his party and the country his views” on climate change.
A sudden change came over the suspected heretic. “Man-made climate change is one of the most serious threats for this country,” he recited, with a great show of passion. Monsignor Clegg, supposedly the friend of the defendant in the papal court, nodded slowly and deliberately.
“Excellent, excellent,” said the inquisitor. “We’re getting somewhere.”
Now that the defendant had confessed, the next stage in the interrogation was to get him to name his fellow heretics. “There are people in the most important positions,” said Miliband, who do not “believe” in man-made climate change. He put the names of two suspects to the defendant, referring to them by their code names in the organisation. The Environment Secretary and the Energy Minister, he said, and he quoted sermons they had delivered that his spies had reported back to him. Everyone in the court knew who he meant. Owen Paterson and Michael Fallon. They had failed to recite the holy catholic and apostolic creed of environmentalism. They had to be cast into the fire eternal unless they, too, could be persuaded to confess.
It is no use leaving it up the consciences of individuals as to “whether you have to believe in man-made climate change” or not. “We cannot have doubt and confusion,” said the inquisitor-general. These people are “climate change deniers”.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/pmqs-our-witchfindergeneral-aka-ed-miliband-wants-to-burn-climate-change-deniers-at-the-stake-9155037.html
Edward Samuel Miliband
He is the first Jewish leader of the British Labour Party.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Miliband
David Cameron: man-made climate change is one of the ‘greatest’ threats to UK
Man-made climate change is one of the greatest threats to the UK and the rest of the world, David Cameron has said.
The Prime Minister risked a backlash from climate-sceptic Conservative ministers and MPs by insisting that humans are responsible for climate change
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/david-cameron/10662654/David-Cameron-man-made-climate-change-is-one-of-the-greatest-threats-to-UK.html

February 26, 2014 3:34 pm

Is this the first time the ADL has weighed in on the “climate change” discussion? If so, to not have a balanced condemnation of the use of both “Denier” and “Nazi” seems out of place.

RaiderDingo
February 26, 2014 3:36 pm

A group called ‘anti defamation’ gives the green light for defamation.

February 26, 2014 3:37 pm

With the wintery weather that they have had in Atlanta this year, you’d think that there wouldn’t be that many true AWG believers left in that city. But I guess Ms. Rose is holding down the fort. I’ll bet that news release will never see the light of day once NYC headquarters gives it some thought Anthony.

February 26, 2014 3:44 pm

If the Anti Defamation League objects to a skeptic comparing the global warming movement to the Nazis, it should equally object to the use of the term “denier” for global warming skeptics, an obvious attempt by the global warming believers to tar the skeptics with the same brush the establishment uses against “holocaust deniers” (in some countries, by imprisoning them).
But a defender of freedom should not be appealing to one of freedom’s foremost opponents. Greenpeace’s opposition to freedom of speech for “climate change deniers” is in the same category as the ADL’s opposition to the same thing for “holocaust deniers”. The fact that Anthony (and most readers here, including me) happen to agree with the first bunch of “deniers”, and not the last, is beside the point. Freedom isn’t just for people you agree with.

Louis
February 26, 2014 3:47 pm

Bullies like the ADL are too cowardly to go after the popular kids because they have powerful friends. Instead, they go after the nerds and outcasts who are safer bets. But occasionally they misjudge and make the mistake of picking on someone with lots of protective friends. This is one of those times.

heysuess
February 26, 2014 3:48 pm

“The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better. Their deaths should not be used for political points or sloganeering. This type of comparison diminishes and trivializes the Holocaust. There is no place for it in civil discussions.”
HUH?! Calling people ‘Nazis’ denigrates Nazi victims?

dp
February 26, 2014 3:52 pm

[snip – a bit over the top -mod] Or they may just be a pack of morons who have lost track of the founder’s goals. No matter – Time for them to review their charter and vision statement or to admit their mission is a fraud.

David in Cal
February 26, 2014 3:54 pm

As a Jew, I’ve considered donating to the ADL, but they’re not a good organization IMHO. It doesn’t surprise me a bit that they would stand up for those who denigrate climate skeptics as “deniers.” I will be happily surprised if their national office overrules this regional decision.

Bob Burns
February 26, 2014 3:58 pm

Did the ADL have any comment on Hansen and his use of the term “death trains” ?
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2007/11/26/202133/hansen-stands-by-coal-traindeath-train-analogy/#

February 26, 2014 4:00 pm

they only use the word denier because they cannot use the term ‘counter revolutionary’.

JJ
February 26, 2014 4:03 pm

Where was the ADL when Cook and his warmist buddies over at SS were putting on their Gestapo fashion show?
Evidently, calling someone who engages in Nazi roleplay a “Nazi” is worse than being someone that fantasizes at being a Nazi. Bizarre indeed.

Lew Skannen
February 26, 2014 4:04 pm

Every organization that was set up for public benefit or as an altruistic measure has been attacked, infiltrated and taken over to varying extent by the left.
If you look at the pronouncements of older established charities these days they could all have been written (and often HAVE BEEN written) by lazy superficial Marxists.
Any exceptions to this rule?

February 26, 2014 4:06 pm

It’s obvious that the ADL has become an organization that serves no useful purpose. I’m not so sure that it ever did, or why an anti-defamation organization would be so completey focused on the Halocaust. Perhaps it time to remove the “anti” component from their name – they seem to have morphed into what they supposedly were against for the past half century. There is a strong tendency for an organization (actually,its officials) to keep the thing going, regardless. The NAACP
is in the same predicament. Meantime, might want to correct the ADL’s obvious ignorance about exactly what skeptics generally believe. They seem pretty clueless at this point. Perhaps their mental leaders have already departed for want of something to do

jayhd
February 26, 2014 4:08 pm

For those who don’t think Dr. Spencer’s comparing the CAGW/Global Warming/Climate Change advocates to the Nazis is appropriate, I suggest you reread your history about Hitler’s rise to power.

dp
February 26, 2014 4:11 pm

heysuess says:
February 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm
HUH?! Calling people ‘Nazis’ denigrates Nazi victims?

Don’t know about that, but even suggesting they “seem like” Nazis without actually saying they are Nazis will get your post snipped. See above or see here if it gets snipped in this context, too. And I’m not suggesting there is over-moderation. It really is a hot button term even when soft pedaled, and great care is needed in these times to avoid the hate speech Naz.., er, net nannies.
[Reply: Sometimes there IS over-moderation. ~another mod.]

clipe
February 26, 2014 4:15 pm
February 26, 2014 4:18 pm

FWIW I’m Jewish and those boys have gone off the rails.

M Courtney
February 26, 2014 4:18 pm

jauntycyclist says at February 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

they only use the word denier because they cannot use the term ‘counter revolutionary’.

I highlight this because it is perceptive and spot on right.
The use of the Holocaust as a description of your enemies intent should be very rare. It shouldn’t be cheapened by ubiquity. As most people that anyone disagrees with are just relatively wrong – not that bad.
Yet there is a selective judgement against those who are not “moving forward”. The Revolution must be defended for the greater good, don’t you know.
And that is why the ADL have lost perspective.

February 26, 2014 4:20 pm

Interim Regional Director
Not for very long (interim that is); some ‘interimships’ can be shorter than others …
(Bolding mine above)
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February 26, 2014 4:21 pm

That press release is pretty much boiler plate material used when anyone makes an innapropriate comparison to the Holocaust. It is pretty much verbatim. I disagree strongly with the ADL position in this case. In their defense however, their entire existence revolves around a very narrow discourse regarding the Holocaust. I seriously doubt that they have anything but a vague knowledge of the climate debate in general, and none at all of the manner in which the deni*r term has been used to discredit skeptics.
Educating them on the other hand will be as much of a challenge as it would with any other group for whom the climate debate exists only on the edges of their consciousness.

February 26, 2014 4:21 pm

The ADL, they seem to protect their own ilk. But is this not what humans and in fact all life does?
We skeptics defend lives and the environment in our way. We don’t want human population control to hypothetically avoid a possible warming of the Earth.
We tend to fear cooling more than warming.
We look at real data and use models as computational devices that intend to show what we programed them to show. This gets so complicated and oversimplified that they mostly fail.
Models do not produce real data; when working well, they help us look at the data in meaningful ways.
And yes, the Earth warmed about 1°C from 1910 to 2002, but we think it was mostly from natural causes.
We know that CO2 in the atmosphere warms the surface of the Earth. We know CO2 content is increasing, but we don’t know the causes. We think climate sensitivity is less than 2°C.
We know that around 2001 the warming stopped, but we don’t know the causes.
And we know the whole thing is possibly too complicated to know well enough to model long-range.

February 26, 2014 4:28 pm

Louis says February 26, 2014 at 3:47 pm
Bullies like the ADL are too cowardly to go after the popular kids …

Brings one’s thoughts to the local constabulary who will ‘write tickets’ (nowadays decidedly for revenue purposes) on the generally harmless public, but will not clamp down on the ‘rolling nuisances’ (gang-bangers) that can be heard ‘booming’ through walls and over nearby TV and/or radio audio; it is the weak and easily intimidated they ‘prey’ on, not those who might give them some measure of stiff opposition …
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David Ross
February 26, 2014 4:30 pm

The problem is that the connection with “holocaust denial” is implied, when the word “denier” is used, whereas calling someone a “Nazi”, even if qualified by adjectives, is explicit.
However, I think describing some (a small hardcore group) warmists as Nazis is entirely appropriate but certainly not all as Rose claimed Spencer did. But I can understand Spencer’s anger. This “denier” label has been used for years and has been adopted by obtuse or deliberately manipulative mainstream media. It is the kind of word-game (rename and “reframe the narrative”) that “progressives” have been playing for years.
I have my suspicions about who started and promoted this meme. I would like to trace it back to its origin.
As for the ADL, it is a shadow of a once admirable organization.

Eric Ellison
February 26, 2014 4:30 pm

At some point we need to go beyond the excellent science and discourse which ordinarily is presented here as Anthony, Roy, and Willis have recently. If you ever get a chance to go to the Holocost Museum in Berlin you will find reference to hundreds of individuals who stood up to Nazi tyranny with ‘locical’ arguments only to end up dead. Time to get some attention by comparing this most recent effort.at minimizing and persecuting a group of valuable individuals to Nazism, which it is. Time to continue posting this latest effort here!
Respectfully
Eric

Editor
February 26, 2014 4:31 pm

This looks to be a result of something like this: some helpful nasty little soul sends Ms Rose excerpts from Roy Spencer’s piece…not the part where he complains about skeptics being labelled deniers and denialists and how this slur intentionally reeks to high heaven with shades of Holocaust denial…thus might justify returning fire with the Nazi charge (which I personally do not think is ever ever justified in fact).
I suspect Anthony’s query either pointed to the full Spencer article or prompted Rose to seek it out, and now has her and her organization in the quandary Watts suggests. This is the most likely scenario, IMHO.
Time will tell.

ZT
February 26, 2014 4:33 pm

Some deformation is more equal than other deformation

February 26, 2014 4:37 pm

Lew Skannen says February 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Any exceptions to this rule?

Nope, can’t offhand think of .. wait – CWD – Community Waste Disposal – the garbage pickup folks here in del norte central Tejas are still fairly focused on their original goal and purposes. They may be the ONLY exception …
Don’t know if there is any ‘organized crime’ influence either.
/mild sarc
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Jud
February 26, 2014 4:39 pm

Dr Roy appears to have hit a sore spot.
It has got their attention at any rate.
“Global warming Nazis” it is then…

February 26, 2014 4:43 pm

[snip – over the top – mod]

Paul Westhaver
February 26, 2014 4:45 pm

The ADL is a very one-sided polemic organization with a narrow self interested agenda. They want to reserve the word “Nazi” for their own discretionary use. Their opinion (Abraham Foxman’s I think) is no moral sign post for social discourse in general. They have one agenda. The defense of jews, which is ok with me and they have every right to do so. They are hardly competent or interested in applying an even hand wrt attacks on groups other than those within their sphere of concern. Their opinion on this matter needs to be consider through an appropriate filter.
Nazis were equal opportunity murderers, of Jews, Polish Nationals, Catholics, Russians, Gypsys, physically deformed people, the mentally “subnormal”, etc etc etc. Had they not been stopped, the death toll would have been 10 X worse.
Humanity as a whole has inherited the right to condemn the tactics of the German National Socialists and defend ourselves from people and groups who employ thier corrosive methods. There are modern Nazis. The ADL , as a consequence of their self-interested position regarding AGW-Nazi-esque tactics, has damaged their own credibility. No Mr Foxman. You don’t have the final word on this.
First they came for the Conservatives,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Conservative.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for the Liberals,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I wasn’t a Liberal.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn’t speak up,
because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me,
and by that time there was no one
left to speak up for me.

February 26, 2014 4:45 pm

Anthony – If I can be of service in explaining the matter to the ADL, please feel free to call on me. Also, I recommend you provide them with links to issues around the use of the term in this debate for their education, but one story in particular. That is in regard to the musicologist who called for skeptics to be placed in re-education camps and to be potentially exterminated if they cannot be re-educated. That is a meme which the ADL will recognize immediately for what it is. The meme, the way the skeptic community reacted to it, and the general intent of the denier smear need to be made plain to them.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/12/23/beyond-bizarre-university-of-graz-music-professor-calls-for-skeptic-death-sentences/

brent
February 26, 2014 4:50 pm
Jeff in Calgary
February 26, 2014 4:52 pm

While it is odd that they didn’t care about the ‘denier’ lable for the last few years, it is very understandable that they reacted to the “Global warming Nazis” lable. Dr Roy should have expected this.
I wonder if he did expect this and was hoping it could be used to force the issue?

February 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Found it on the Atlanta region website here: http://atlanta.adl.org/
– – – – – – – –
NEWS
ADL Condemns Spencer’s Nazi Analogy
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today denounced remarks by University of Alabama – Huntsville professor Roy Spencer who wrote on his blog that those who refer to him as a climate change “denier” should be called “global warming Nazis” and that they “are supporting policies that will kill far more people than the Nazis ever did…
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The “Read more” link leads here:
. . http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/
No ‘comments’ on the above webpage yet either.
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February 26, 2014 4:59 pm

Oops – comment hung up in the ‘ol spam bin.

February 26, 2014 5:01 pm

why name call when you have the evidence?

Berényi Péter
February 26, 2014 5:01 pm

Well, Shelley Rose, ADL Southeast Interim Regional Director, in the name of the Atlanta branch of the organization has apparently joined the ranks of climate parasites.
Unless she swiftly condemns Mark Lynas, George Monbiot, Margo Kingston and their ilk as well. See: The garden of good and evil.

British journalist Mark Lynas wrote: “I put (climate change denial) in a similar category to Holocaust denial — except that this time the Holocaust is yet to come, and we still have time to avoid it. Those who try to ensure we don’t will one day have to answer for their crimes.” In Nuremberg-style trials, one presumes.
Guardian columnist and author George Monbiot wrote: “Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and unacceptable as Holocaust denial.”
Closer to home, Margo Kingston wrote: “David Irving is under arrest in Austria for Holocaust denial. Perhaps there is a case for making climate change denial an offence. It is a crime against humanity, after all.”

And there are more, many more of this will-o’-the-wisp kind since then. Ms. Shelley Rose can no longer claim she was not warned. In fact I am a bit baffled it is the first time she has crashed into this issue. Is she living on another planet, or what?
Widespread use of the foul fallacy, Reductio ad Hitlerum in the climate debate “diminishes and trivializes the Holocaust” indeed, which is intolerable. The fact it was almost exclusively used by climate parasites so far, does not make it any better. I am not happy with Dr. Roy Spencer’s unprecedented move either, but if it was instrumental in giving center stage to this abominable practice and forces ADL to take a stand against it in no uncertain terms, it was a venial hack, I’d say.

February 26, 2014 5:02 pm

P.S. Also carried/intro’d on their “press release” webpage:
http://atlanta.adl.org/news_type/press-releases/
ADL Condemns Spencer’s Na zi Analogy
February 26, 2014

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Jeff in Calgary
February 26, 2014 5:03 pm

Is it just me? I didn’t see anywhere in the press reliese that “gave the green light” for anything. Only the Red light for Dr Roy’s labling of warmies.

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 5:10 pm

Shelley Rose needs to get to the roots of the problem ASAP. This is no analogy, it’s the real thing. Click and read about the green roots of the Nasti Party.
http://www.spunk.org/texts/places/germany/sp001630/peter.html

University of Alabama Professor Roy Spencer’s analogy of proponents of global warming to Nazis is outrageous and deeply offensive.

If it is “outrageous and deeply offensive” then please take a look back at the CAGW debate and see the number of times the use of the word “denier” has been used? Do you think the people who use this word are NOT using an analogy of sceptics of dangerous global warming to Nazis? Wake up and smell the coffee maaaam.

February 26, 2014 5:10 pm

I think we’ve reached a turning point in the climate science wars, we’ve read Alinsky.

February 26, 2014 5:15 pm

KNR says:
February 26, 2014 at 3:25 pm
Spencer was a bad if justified move
==========
I don’t agree. Dr. Spencer’s move has brought the issue into the light where it belongs. We need more scientists of Roy’s stature to stand up.
Plain and simple the term Climate Nazis has struck a chord. Every time you hear the term “Denier”, call the speaker a Climate Nazis. They will quickly stop calling you a Denier.
The only way to defeat a bully is to stand up to them. So long as people think they can use the term “Denier” with impunity they will. The time to stop this is now.
Stand up and support Roy! Tell every person that uses the term Climate Denier that they are a Climate Nazis. Within 3 months the term Denier will be dead.

February 26, 2014 5:18 pm

If you are worried about offending people by calling them a Climate Nazis, don’t. Simply say:
People that use the term “Climate Denier” are “Climate Nazis”.
In that way you have not called them a name. If they object, simply say:
I didn’t call you a Nazis. I said People that use the term “Climate Denier” are “Climate Nazis”.

Goldie
February 26, 2014 5:21 pm

Couldn’t agree more with her sentiment. Now all she needs to do is apply it to both sides.

February 26, 2014 5:26 pm

Any effort at quelling descent through gate-keeping or name calling should be first and foremost the business of the anti-defamation league. It is the stilled voice and head turned away that hurts humanity, not name calling. They should call themselves the anti-gate-keeping league if they really want to be useful. I have some names to give them as a start.

February 26, 2014 5:28 pm

jauntycyclist says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm
why name call when you have the evidence?
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the problem is bullying. repeated use of a derogatory term is a form of bullying. you cannot stop a bully through reason.

Thirsty
February 26, 2014 5:28 pm

Was the ADL silent on Scott Pelley?

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 5:30 pm

The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better.

Yes they certainly do. So why does the ADL turn a blind eye when sceptics are called “DENIERS”! Some sceptics are in fact Jewish and some are non-Jewish but who lost family members fighting the Nazis. Please start by cleansing your souls of hypocrisy because “The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better.”

February 26, 2014 5:32 pm

Eric Ellison says:
February 26, 2014 at 4:30 pm
If you ever get a chance to go to the Holocost Museum in Berlin you will find reference to hundreds of individuals who stood up to Nazi tyranny with ‘locical’ arguments only to end up dead.
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you cannot stop a bully through reason.

renminbi
February 26, 2014 5:33 pm

Thank-you Brent for the Steyn link. As a Jew , I am not happy with the opportunism of Foxman. and the ADL. I think they are more interested in tainting “right-wingers” than they are in fighting anti-semites. Many of my fellow Jews are more interested in supporting “liberal” causes than anything else. As Steyn points out almost all anti-semitism is from the left today. I guess they can raise more money by attacking the imaginary ( for the most part ) right. Their boy Obama will support the Jews. /sarc off

DavidG
February 26, 2014 5:34 pm

ADL is nothing but a bunch of miserable hypocrites if they stand behind this kind of nonsense.

mike
February 26, 2014 5:34 pm

its really not bizarre. I see the use of “denier” all over the place in reference to any one skeptical about any model or prediction. unfortunately it has become ok to to this. I support dr spencer for trying to show people how offensive this is. I feel offended when I here denier. but I agree neither should be used.

DavidG
February 26, 2014 5:40 pm

Renminbi- good post.Unfortunately all those Jewish liberals are deluded by the propaganda they have grown up with. The left is the home of the worst kind of nastiness, and is really just another form of deadly cultural virus.

rogerknights
February 26, 2014 5:40 pm

Regardless of the ADL’s inconsistencies in apportioning blame (e.g., what about “soup nazi” or “grammar nazi”?), and regardless of its likely leftist orientation, I think it is right to object to Spencer’s “Climate nazi” counter-attack.
And I disagree with Spencer, Anth_ny and others here that “denier” can be equated to implying “Holocaust denier.” I think we’re being over-sensitive. In the accuser’s minds’ we’re “in denial” of the obvious facts and their implications. There’s no other word they could use to get that concept across.
REPLY: It’s pretty darn clear to me what it means, this essay in 2007 really injected it into the common usage.

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future. – Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, February 9, 2007 “No change in political climate” on the Wayback Machine here

I think you need to reconsider your thinking. – Anthony

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 5:46 pm

Here is something else that’s bizarre. Where was the ADL during this sad episode on ‘Skeptical Science’? The whole attitude was all in good jest dressing up like SS solders etc.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/06/skeptcial-science-takes-creepy-to-a-whole-new-level/
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/08/13/google-hacked-the-skeptical-science-website/

albertalad
February 26, 2014 5:48 pm

Lol – hello ADL. By all means do publish your “scientific” climate studies – I could use the laughs. Regards to calling guys like me Holocaust Deniers when disputing man made climate change – nothing we haven’t been called before. Never changed one opinion on this side, and never will. You see we have the truth on our side – what exactly do you have on your side? Lies and smears. It seems that places you on the same side of the Holocaust deniers, doesn’t it! They live on smears and lies as well.

February 26, 2014 5:50 pm

The purpose of bullying is to create an negative emotional response in the victim. Thus, the use of the word “Denier” is a form of bullying. You cannot defeat bullying by reason, because reason does nothing to eliminate the emotional response.
The only way to defeat a bully is to generate an negative emotional response in the bully. If this response is stronger than the pleasure the bully achieves by bullying you, the bullying will stop.
Plain and simple. To defeat a bully, create a strong negative emotional response in the bully. Dr Spencer is absolutely correct in the path he has chosen.

J Bennett
February 26, 2014 5:54 pm

Referring to Nazis and the holocaust is the third rail of public relations. To use these references brings those of us with skeptical, inquiring, scientific minds down to the same level as those who seek to discredit us rather than debate facts. I’m very disappointed in Professor Spencer and think he should apologize for careless and insensitive choice of words. Shut up and stick to the
science

February 26, 2014 6:02 pm

Jimbo says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Some sceptics are in fact Jewish and some are non-Jewish but who lost family members fighting the Nazis.
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A great many skeptics lost family members fighting the Nazis. I am one of them. I grew up very much in the shadow of those that died in the war and I expect many on this site did as well. To be called a Denier because of what we Believe is exactly why our died families fighting against the Nazis. So that people would be free to believe whatever they chose to believe.

February 26, 2014 6:05 pm

J Bennett says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:54 pm
Shut up and stick to the science
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The Gestapo used those same words.

February 26, 2014 6:09 pm

And this should surprise anyone? NOW gave the green light to Clinton to abuse women. They no longer represent their cause, they are merely fronts for the left.

Chad Wozniak
February 26, 2014 6:12 pm

Alarmists are Holocaust deniers insofar as they deny or ignore the deaths and suffering caused by policies attempting to control carbon dioxide. It is the alarmists who parallel the deniers of the Jewish Holocaust, not skeptics. The Anti-Defamation League had better rethink its position, because of it sanctions alarmists it becomes a cabal of Holocaust deniers itself.

February 26, 2014 6:14 pm

brent says February 26, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Hath Not a Jew Eyes?
http://www.steynonline.com/6101/hath-not-a-jew-eyes

A scary, and prescient 5th and 4th to-the-last pair of sentences; for their numbers are increasing and noticeably disproportionate to the ‘native’ population(s):
The groups who perpetrate this violence come from a minority community – larger than the Jews but not yet larger than everyone else. They are telling you what they will do when they have the numbers to do it.
Bolding mine.
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February 26, 2014 6:16 pm

The ADL and the climate alarm movement are both philosophically left-wing, so it’s natural for them to stay in lockstep.
“No enemies to the left”
– A. Kerensky

Paul Westhaver
February 26, 2014 6:17 pm

Did the ADL chastise Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David or Jason Alexander’s use of “Soup Nazi”?
I have eyes in my head to see and a brain to understand this obscene charade from ADL.

philincalifornia
February 26, 2014 6:17 pm

ferdberple says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm
The only way to defeat a bully is to generate an negative emotional response in the bully. If this response is stronger than the pleasure the bully achieves by bullying you, the bullying will stop.
Plain and simple. To defeat a bully, create a strong negative emotional response in the bully. Dr Spencer is absolutely correct in the path he has chosen.
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….. not to mention the liberal (ha ha) use of the term “climate parasite”, no caps.
The totalitarian wannabes really don’t like this one, but it ain’t going away.

hswiseman
February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

COPY OF MY LETTER TO THE ADL
Dear Shelley,
I write this letter as a Jew, and as a long-time skeptic of the scientific rigor and integrity attached to the study of climate science. As such, I have been subjected for many years to the insulting and libelous use of the Holocaust-derived term ‘Denier’ to describe anyone with the temerity to question the results, methodology and scientific validity of global warming claims. This ad hominem calumny is hurled daily at hundreds of scientifically sophisticated individuals, including Dr. Spencer, who are conducting independent climate research as well as ongoing efforts to replicate published scientific findings.
Individuals with unimpeachable integrity and profound scientific ability have thus been categorically equated with skinheads, neo-Nazi fascists, racists and bigots. The ADL has never objected to this usage or its pernicious effect on scientific debate. The ‘Denier’ tag is the cherry topping on an avalanche of falsehoods and personal insults leveled against climate change skeptics that sweep across hundreds of coordinated global warming press outlets, blogs and web-sites. There can be only one explanation for these continuous demeaning smears and use of delegitimizing labels–a systematic efforts to eliminate all dissenting voices and stifle open debate of rising scientific uncertainty. Dr. Spencer in particular has been a target for many stigmatizing attacks, as the satellite global temperature records maintained by his University of Alabama-Huntsville Department have shown increasing divergence from predicted warming and challenge the underpinnings of climate change theory*.
While I personally wish Dr. Spencer had used more temperate language, his response is raised in the context of being continuously labeled with Nazi terminology in order to diminish his scientific reputation. You might imagine the bitterness and frustration of his circumstances. Even a brief overview of the global warming movement would reveal a disturbing number of totalitarian hallmarks and tendencies. I share his deep concerns that climate science has been hijacked by a closed circle of self-referential academics and politicians who are rushing towards catastrophic policy fiats against the backdrop of accelerating scientific uncertainty. The ADL has a role to play in supporting civility by formally objecting to the use of the ‘Denier’ smear against scientists and individuals engaged in legitimate, scientific, skeptical debate on an issue of enormous social magnitude.
Sincerely,
Howard S. Wiseman

Chad Wozniak
February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

Also – doesn’t alarmist use of the term “denier” constitute hate speech?
Calling alarmists deniers as I have done is not, because we have the evidence to prove they are, and it relates specifically to unnecessary deaths caused by public policies – exactly like the Nazis’.
Dr. Spencer couldn’t be more right – the people he thus accuses are behaving like Nazis. Thank heavens he has had the courage and the mojo to step up and call those people what they are.

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 6:18 pm

rogerknights says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm
Regardless of the ADL’s inconsistencies in apportioning blame (e.g., what about “soup nazi” or “grammar nazi”?), and regardless of its likely leftist orientation, I think it is right to object to Spencer’s “Climate nazi” counter-attack.
And I disagree with Spencer, Anth_ny and others here that “denier” can be equated to implying “Holocaust denier.” I think we’re being over-sensitive. In the accuser’s minds’ we’re “in denial” of the obvious facts and their implications. There’s no other word they could use to get that concept across.

Would contrarians do? Also please take your blinkers off and smell the coffee Arabica.

“I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future”. – Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe, February 9, 2007
http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/02/09/no_change_in_political_climate/

AND

Even so — and because of its resonance with Holocaust denial — the term “denier” can be used to describe those who trivially reject the existence and threat of global warming.
I use that analogy with great hesitation, but given what’s at stake — the future of humankind rests on quick and uniform international action — it illustrates the immorality and potential damage of climate change denial.
The Age – Peter Christoff July 9, 2007
http://www.theage.com.au/news/opinion/climate-change-is-another-grim-tale-to-be-treated-with-respect/2007/07/08/1183833338608.html

AND

Mark Hoofnagle
The comparison between climate denialists and other denialists should come from the fact that they argue the exact same way, and it should end there. Holocaust denial and climate change denial share many features, as does evolution denialism,
http://www.seattlepi.com/local/connelly/article/Deniers-of-global-warming-harm-us-1243264.php

Are your blinkers off yet? Naivety is a dangerous thing for any sceptic of CATASTROPHIC ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING.

Steve from Rockwood
February 26, 2014 6:30 pm

While I am not Jewish, I have eaten at Moishe’s Steakhouse in Montreal (the pickles and coleslaw are ridiculous). Therefore I feel compelled to point out that everyone is using the “Nazi card” these days to the extent that it has become a pointless comparison. I’m waiting for a group of skin-heads in Germany to launch a “take back the Nazi” campaign.
I would also point out that if you write an editorial that condemns the use of Nazi or comparisons to the Holocaust you are also obligated to condemn the use of the word “denier”, stop comparing skeptics to doctors promoting smoking and actively promote the debate of climate science.
As an aside, when I was a young man working at a tombstone company we would regularly erect monuments in the Jewish cemetery. It was more difficult and a little unsettling (compared to the typical Christian cemetery) because the Jewish bodies were placed in wooden boxes and not in concrete. After several years the boxes would rot and much of the ground around the body would be caved in leaving a decent view of the underground. It was tough dragging a 600 lb stone across that ground.
On one delivery we arrived at the cemetery only to find swastikas painted on the gates and several monuments knocked over. A few people were inside attempting to reset the stones (not easy without the right tools). We spent a few hours fixing the fallen stones and then set about putting up the new ones we had brought. When we were done (as always) we pulled out our lunches and started to play frisbee. A man walked over and asked “is it appropriate to do that in a cemetery”? I replied “we haven’t had any complaints so far”.

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 6:31 pm

Millions died fighting the Nazis so we can be free to say and write what we want within the law. Warmists want to do away with these rights for sceptics because they are certain they are smarter and they are right. What if they are WRONG???? The surface temperature standstill points to less warming than previously feared for 2100. IPCC report after IPCC report keeps LOWERING the projections. WHY????
Below is a comment on Roy Spencer’s blog.

Chuck L says:
February 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM
I am Jewish and am embarrassed and appalled at the gross hypocrisy of the ADL. As Dr. Spencer says, they said nothing when global warming believers started calling skeptics “deniers,” they said nothing when Nuremberg-type trials were and are demanded for skeptics, and they said nothing when the proprietors of Skeptical Science photoshopped pictures of themselves on to Nazi storm-trooper uniforms. As one who gives to Jewish and non-Jewish charities, I promise that ADL will never again be a recipient of future charitable contributions from me.
http://www.drroyspencer.com/2014/02/hypocrisy-at-the-anti-defamation-league/#comment-106279

C Muir
February 26, 2014 6:32 pm

I have written to this lady as follows:
Attn Shelley Rose, ADL Southeast Interim Regional Director.
From Queensland, Australia.
Dear Ms Rose,
I have seen a post on Wattsupwiththat.com which has highlighted your selective condemnation of Dr Roy Spencer for his use of the term Nazi in describing proponents of the global warming theory, (that human induced Carbon dioxide is warming the planet), WHO HAVE ABUSED HIM.
I am giving you the benefit of the doubt, and assuming you are ignorant of the long history of personal abuse of Dr Spencer, and all the rest of us, who question this theory, calling us “deniers” which is a clear reference to the Holocaust and people who deny that it took place.
However as someone who is high in this organisation, if ignorance is your excuse, that is to be condemned in you as incompetence. I am writing to the head of this organisation and asking for you to be demoted for incompetence.
I may not live in your country, but I, and the rest of the free world, have a vested interest in US organisations that portray themselves as being for the common good. I expect you to be even handed in your condemnation of denigrating terms.
However, in calling the global warming brigade Nazis, I fail to see that this in any way actually is akin to denying the Holocaust. They are two separate issues, which you are linking together.
Is it now an offence to liken someone who is jack-booting over freedom a Nazi? To me it is an accurate portrayal. The attempt to shut down all debate and the way Dr Spencer and other well respected scientists who query this theory have been abused, demoted and some of them, lost their jobs (think David Bellamy and the BBC in Britain, Patrick Moore founder of Greenpeace, and many others), is absolutely disgraceful. Nowhere has your voice been raised, or that of your organisation, until Dr Spencer has finally had enough, and hit back, and then you kick the victim!!!!!
I, and many other people who are fighting back, will remember your name, and your organisation, not in flattering terms in future. Yours truly, ….

Ossqss
February 26, 2014 6:38 pm

I find this whole situation unfortunate, but necessary.
The leftist use of derogatory terms has gone on far too long unchallenged. While I think better path was available, I stand by Dr. Spencer and his choice to not take it anymore and stand up for himself.
Let the scrum begin.
Frankly, considering the socialist nature of just about all climate activists, I think a better name would have been “Climonistas”. Derived from the Sandinistas (socialist coalition) who took over Nicaragua in 1979.

pat
February 26, 2014 6:39 pm

as people have pointed out, the references to CAGW sceptics as “deniers” has OFTEN explicitly related the word to “holocaust deniers”. like “climate deniers”, it has evolved to simply “deniers” over time. ADL said NOTHING.
bbc had several people discuss this last nite. only the israeli they spoke to thought it was funny. the others interviewed couldn’t believe Jerusalem Post would put this pic on their website with no context. merkel has been in israel with most of her cabinet for talks, and did not even meet with palestinians.
26 Feb: Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu casts ‘Hitler moustache’ shadow on German Chancellor Angela Merkel
A photographer who took a shot of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inadvertently giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel a “Hitler-style” moustache has apologized.
Jerusalem Post photographer Marc Israel Sellem took a picture of the two leaders at a press conference Monday. The picture showed Mr. Netanyahu pointing, but his finger casts a shadow onto Ms. Merkel’s upper lip.
The Jerusalem Post briefly put the photo on its website. Although the editors soon reconsidered and took the photo down, it became an immediate viral sensation on Facebook and Twitter and was reprinted hundreds of times.
“When I saw the photo on my computer, I thought that it was unique and funny. It was not my intention to insult Merkel in any way or to make any kind of Nazi connotation with the photo,” Mr. Sellem said in the Jerusalem Post…
Germany is perhaps Israel’s closest ally in Europe and some 30,000 Israelis today live in Berlin.
http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/26/israels-benjamin-netanyahu-casts-hitler-moustache-shadow-on-german-chancellor-angela-merkel/

February 26, 2014 6:39 pm

Jimbo says February 26, 2014 at 5:30 pm
Some sceptics are in fact Jewish and some are non-Jewish but who lost family members fighting the Nazis.
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ferdberple says February 26, 2014 at 6:02 pm
A great many skeptics lost family members fighting the Nazis.

Hear hear. Some uncles (both Mom and Dad’s side) came back from the war (WWII) and one, whose first name I now carry as my middle name, did not. Dad was aboard a carrier during that conflict to boot, a carrier launched in 1942 christened as the USS Essex.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Essex_(CV-9)
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Bart
February 26, 2014 6:42 pm

rogerknights says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:40 pm
“In the accuser’s minds’ we’re “in denial” of the obvious facts and their implications. There’s no other word they could use to get that concept across.”
Contrarian? Skeptic? Dissenter? Heck, here’s a whole page full.
It is very clearly a very mean and infantile slur. Somewhat akin to children playing the old game of “I’m not touching you”, as their hands hover in front of their tormentee’s face. “Oh, I’m just saying you’re in denial (snicker, snicker)”. Jackasses.

mfo
February 26, 2014 6:45 pm

Nothing has quite such a hypocritical stink as selective moral outrage. Using the platform of the ADL to make contrived associations with the Holocaust is what in fact “diminishes and trivialises the Holocaust”.
“The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better” than an organisation trying to hitch its cart to the CAGW bandwagon with an outburst of cultivated indignation.

Kristy
February 26, 2014 6:50 pm

Al Gore’s book “Earth In The Balance” (1992) has a passage about Nazi Germany and how the world was slow to react and accept what was happening in Germany and he then goes on to compare AGW to the holocaust. From page 177
Now warnings of a different sort signal an environmental holocaust without precedent. But where is the moral alertness that might make us more sensitive to the new pattern of environmental change? Once again, world leaders waffle, hoping the danger will dissipate. Yet today, the evidence of an ecological Kristallnacht is as clear as the sound of glass shattering in Berlin. We are still reluctant to believe that our worst nightmares of global ecological collapse could come true.

Skiphil
February 26, 2014 6:53 pm

As all here know all too well, the vicious smears against all who dissent in any way from Global Warming Hysteria has been going on for many years. Have we ever seen the ADL or any similar lefty activist groups object to the “denier” tag used for so long to smear skeptics and dissenters?
Here’s just one example of a leading columnist working to smear and marginalize all critics of any aspect of the Global Warming Hysteria.
Prominent columnist Ellen Goodman, writing in the Boston Globe in 2007:

“I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.”

http://newsbusters.org/node/10730
http://web.archive.org/web/20070214041353/http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/02/09/no_change_in_political_climate/
[the link to Goodman’s original Boston Globe column is in the article linked above, but requires purchase from the Boston Globe archives, which I do not care to fund]

Chad Wozniak
February 26, 2014 6:56 pm

Jimbo – well said.

Jimbo
February 26, 2014 6:59 pm

If Warmists get their way many millions will die. If it’s more than the victims of the Nazis then whey will blame the sceptics. Fuel poverty = death. Don’t let them fool you with emotional talk and guilt. They don’t feel guilty about condemning millions of the world’s poor to fuel poverty with their carbon schemes and private, personal investments in CAGW. They follow the money and could not give a damn. Don’t be taken in as most of them a vicious hypocrites.

Editor
February 26, 2014 7:00 pm

I left a couple comments over at http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/ I won’t be surprised if that page disappears tomorrow.
This is not the time to make popcorn, it’s the time to play a Barbara Streisand album.

Richard D
February 26, 2014 7:09 pm

ferdberple says:
Dr. Spencer’s move has brought the issue into the light where it belongs. We need more scientists of Roy’s stature to stand up.
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Yes, out in the open for all to see and think about.

Jimmy Haigh.
February 26, 2014 7:19 pm

Yup. “Global Warming Nazis” it is then.
“The do not like it up ’em.”

Mark and two Cats
February 26, 2014 7:20 pm

hswiseman said:
February 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm
COPY OF MY LETTER TO THE ADL…
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Well said Sir. Please post the reply – if you get one.

Stephen
February 26, 2014 7:32 pm

The ADL is going to object to gratuitous misuse of the term “Nazi”, even if there is s legitimate point to be made. It should, by all rights, oppose the abuse of the term “denier”, but there are two problems here:
First, there genuinely are some people who would not believe in CAGW even if evidence clearly supported it. Those have to be distinguished from regular skeptics who simply hold climate science to the same standard as the rest of science and find current theories wanting. I have not seen a better term for them.
Second, that use of the term is now commonplace, and complaints were not brought to, or were not considered, by the ADL before it became common. It would now take a full-blown campaign for the ADL to legitimately take a stand against it, and launching one would be a policy-level decision, way above Shelly Rose’s authority. I doubt that her failure to reply is due to an unpalatable stance that she would prefer not to have in writing. It’s probably because she can’t give the appropriate reply without word from ADL leadership.

pokerguy
February 26, 2014 7:37 pm

“Huntsville professor Roy Spencer who wrote on his blog that those who refer to him as a climate change “denier” should be called “global warming Nazis” and that they “are supporting policies that will kill far more people than the Nazis ever did — all in the name of what they consider to be a righteous cause.”
Yes, well, this was just asking for trouble. I understand Spencer’s frustration, but this is just unwise as hell. He comes off like a raving lunatic in the eyes of those whose minds we hope to change. Let them sound like the loons and screwballs. They’re so good at it.
Not smart.

February 26, 2014 7:38 pm

The concerned cliche are losing their minds.
This selective umbrage from the “Anti Defamation League” is classic nanny statism, their pets, shills and useful idiots are losing the argument
Now mummies coming to the rescue of her poor wee bully.
The wheels are off their trolly, the semblance to the Black Knight of Monty Python fame grows every day.
I wonder how much of the fear, hostility and desperation from these pompous nitwits is due to classic progressives methodology.
Over the last decades these progressive cliches have shut down civic discourse.
Their standard procedure at public meeting are, control the script.Control the chair.
Shout down any dissent.Slander,yell, mob the mike, whatever it takes to control the microphone.
Normal people stop talking to these types.
But then the fun begins, having silenced any questioning , they seem to believe silence equals consent.
I am not kidding, they really seem to believe this.
So for them the public must support their belief, because the public says nothing.
Then when we vote them out, refuse their stupid ideas at referendum, they are surprised, hurt even.
But it is always the same song, they say if we were better educated, we would agree with them.
If only, they had “communicated” better.
I believe you can’t fix this kind of stupid.

February 26, 2014 7:40 pm

pat says February 26, 2014 at 6:39 pm

A photographer who took a shot of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu inadvertently giving German Chancellor Angela Merkel a “Hitler-style” moustache has apologized.

In the days of the 4×5 Graflex (or the 2 1/4 inch even) film cameras (think: large, 1940’s-50’s newspaperman cameras!), I could buy this pat. But not today. Not even 20 years ago when motorized drives for 35mm format cameras and LARGE capacity camera backs were plentiful. Point I’m making, is, that photo/image was selected for that exact purpose … so, did you think the ‘reading public’ really ‘bought’ that story? (An attempt to sell the fiction that one and only ONE photograph was taken by that photographer during that time at that ceremony?)
BTW, it had to have been the grapics editor or editor-in-charge who gave the go-ahead in the use of that image, unless that was a One-Horse operation or website …
Old ‘newspaperman camera’ – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graflex
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February 26, 2014 7:41 pm

re: Ric Werme says February 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm
I left a couple comments …
Well-done Ric. They were showing up as of half an hour ago.
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gnomish
February 26, 2014 7:44 pm

send ms rose the photoshopped nazis of the SkS website.
she might understand pictures.
[Abbreviation changed to ‘SkS’. SkepticalScience has asked that this abbreviation be used, and WUWT has agreed. See http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/09/25/a-modest-proposal-to-skeptical-science/ – mod]

February 26, 2014 7:50 pm

RaiderDingo says: “A group called ‘anti defamation’ gives the green light for defamation.” The ADL has been doing this since its foundation. It co-operated with the South African government to spy on anti-apartheid campaigners, tars all critics of Israel with the brush of anti-semitism, and has always, since its foundation, supported slandering Americans by exaggerating anti-semitism and other forms of prejudice… like I said, it’s surprising that Anthony has illusions in it.

Henrik Sørensen
February 26, 2014 7:52 pm

Now I understand the debate about the word ‘denier’. Never thought about the word from an ADL viewpoint before – it’s painfully clear to me now why the word has no place in this debate.

OssQss
February 26, 2014 7:56 pm

Anthony, I would agree with part of your assessment. Ignorance of history is indeed possible.
Bad judgment however, is usually driven by a preconception or agenda.

G. E. Pease
February 26, 2014 7:57 pm

We have politicians in our highest government positions labelling skeptical Phd scientists with impeccable credentials as “flat earthers”,”shoddy scientists”, “deniers”, and “idealogues.” They surely must realize that they are using the same hate tactics that the Nazis used in the thirties and early forties to persecute and defame highly qualified and exceedingly competent scientists. If they had a shred of decency, our government fuhrers and the ADL would apologize and change their ways. I never thought I would see this happen in the U.S., and I have lost a considerable amount of respect that I once (naively) had for these politicians.
A recent example of such hate tactics exposed by WUWT:
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/20/a-must-read-why-secretary-of-state-john-kerry-is-flat-wrong-on-climate-change/

NRG22
February 26, 2014 7:59 pm

While calling skeptics “deniers” has been around a while, it’s gained traction recently.
I submit this article, from 2007, paragraph 5.
http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Minority.Blogs&ContentRecord_id=A7CAEF06-802A-23AD-458C-1B8ACD1DE91F

February 26, 2014 8:10 pm

pokerguy says:
February 26, 2014 at 7:37 pm
Yes, well, this was just asking for trouble.
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Neville Chamberlain used the same excuse. Peace in our time. His solution: Appease the Nazi Bully. The result: Millions dead.
Anyone that thinks a Bully will respond positively to appeasement does not understand bullying and has never learned how to defeat bullies, except to run away. Sooner or later there is nowhere to run.

highfligth56433
February 26, 2014 8:15 pm

The hypocrisy surfaces. No surprise. May I sell you a mirror for the blind.

William Astley
February 26, 2014 8:17 pm

In reply to:
Jeff in Calgary says:
February 26, 2014 at 5:03 pm
Is it just me? I didn’t see anywhere in the press reliese that “gave the green light” for anything. Only the Red light for Dr Roy’s labling of warmies.
William:
The anti-defamation league remained silent when the term ‘denier’ has applied to the so called ‘skeptics’ (we are not skeptical, observational evidence and analysis does not support the dangerous warming paradigm, that is a fact, not skepticism) Silence is implicit consent.
Spencer’s point is that the green scams and the proposed world carbon tax is anti development and will have a significant negative impact on the living standards in all countries, particularly developing countries. The greens scams and a world carbon tax would result in a significant increase in poverty.
Commercial greenhouses inject CO2 into their greenhouses to increase yield and reduce growing times. CO2 is not a poison. If there is not a dangerous warming problem the world is wasting trillions of dollars on green scams which do not significantly reduce total CO2 (nuclear power is the only energy source that significant reduce CO2 emissions) but do result in a tripling or quadrupling of energy costs.

highflight56433
February 26, 2014 8:18 pm

G. E. Pease says:
February 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm
We have politicians in our highest government positions labelling skeptical Phd scientists with impeccable credentials as “flat earthers”,”shoddy scientists”, “deniers”, and “idealogues.”
..and elsewhere as in every corner. It’s the modern standard.

February 26, 2014 8:19 pm

G. E. Pease says:
February 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm
We have politicians in our highest government positions … using the same hate tactics that the Nazis used in the thirties and early forties
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No doubt they have studied Nazi methodology. Star Trek (Patterns of Force) deals with this topic. Using Nazi techniques in the belief they can accomplish good. The belief that evil in a good purpose will accomplish good.
Stephen Schneider:
Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.

James
February 26, 2014 8:21 pm

I am confident that my right to the freedom of speech enables me to call any people nazis when they appear to prepare legislation that would cause the deaths of millions of people. I may be right and I may be wrong, but I am allowed to talk about it. US political correctness is insane at best.

Jer0me
February 26, 2014 8:24 pm

This is absurd. The use of the term “Nazi” in no way diminishes the plight of the Jews in the second world war. This term is used all the time: ‘Grammar Nazi’, ‘Policy Nazi’, etc. All it really denotes is someone who is emphatic and completely unwilling to compromise.
The use of the work “Denier”, used as an obvious oblique reference to Holocaust Deniers, plainly is, however.

highflight56433
February 26, 2014 8:28 pm

Jimbo says:
February 26, 2014 at 6:31 pm
Millions died fighting the Nazis so we can be free to say and write what we want within the law. Warmists want to do away with these rights for sceptics because they are certain they are smarter and they are right.
It is not a function of right or wrong. It is a function of practice and ideology. Climate hysteria is but the avenue of choice with which to put upon the masses their will.

NRG22
February 26, 2014 8:31 pm

Oops! By the time I got down the comments I saw Skiphil had already quoted and linked to it. Sorry!

February 26, 2014 8:37 pm

Jer0me says:
February 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm
All it really denotes is someone who is emphatic and completely unwilling to compromise.
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Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. One republican, one Democrat. What made them great Presidents was their ability to compromise to get a deal done. Giving up what was not important to them, in order to get what was. In this way they united House and Senate, regardless of party affiliations.
The US remains a house divided unable to compromise. “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Abraham Lincoln.

u.k.(us)
February 26, 2014 8:38 pm

Some really good (all 6 of them) comments at:
http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/
Mostly civil (however you define that term).
It seems their stories never get any comments, so I’m sure they’ve been read.

tomdesabla
February 26, 2014 8:45 pm

My comment:
Hi, I don’t think it was particularly helpful for Dr. Spencer to say what he did, but to condemn his comments without considering the context is unfair. The context is an organized campaign of denigration and yes – defamation – of those who are skeptical on the issue of catastrophic man-made global warming. It is a fact that we still cannot predict the weather for 10 days with great accuracy, so it is not unreasonable at all to be skeptical of the accuracy of some of the predictions provided by climate scientists about the next decades, or the next hundred years, especially since nearly all of their predictions are generated by computer models only.
Deniers, denialists, shills, anti-science – these are examples of how skeptics are routinely characterized. It doesn’t seem right at all that the ADL would remain silent while these derogatory and dehumanizing terms are used, but suddenly take action when someone like Dr. Spencer, who has been repeatedly called such names, fights back. He is a human being, and has a right to defend himself.
It’s also worth mentioning that dehumanizing terms WERE used by the Nazis to pave the way for their horrible abuses, so although as I said, Dr. Spencer’s comments were unhelpful, they were not completely off the mark either.

Brian H
February 26, 2014 8:45 pm

Sauce for the gander.

Brian H
February 26, 2014 8:51 pm

@fredberple;
What evidence do you have that what is important to Global Waming Nazis is shared by us Deniers? I can’t think of a single item on that list. It’s going to come down to Survival, which many prominent GWNs have disavowed.

February 26, 2014 8:52 pm

Message sent.

highflight56433
February 26, 2014 8:58 pm

“A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Abraham Lincoln.
One should also consider that this is their goal. ??

February 26, 2014 8:59 pm

Paul Westhaver “Agenda is the defense of Jews.” Really ? I am reminded of the scripted interviews of Ahmadinejad which essentially confused the viewer into thinking the interviewer’s questions fairly represented the interviewee’s views…rather than his actual statements. I am much more persuaded by the idea that the idea is to limit conversation and control dialogue by putting certain concepts outside the pale…such as a look at actual history and certifiable documentation. Why ? Well..this goes dark Mar 3…but I have written up ideas which suggest projection as the agenda : accuse others of your own malfeasance. http://my.opera.com/oldephartte/blog/2013/03/24/denier

February 26, 2014 9:13 pm

Well, I’m far more cynical. Abe Foxman is retiring this June or July. He was brilliant at finding anti-semites under every sentence and within each industry leading to multo-buckets of donor dough to justify his half-a-million+ salary, and keep their new 8-story building in DC operating. Where’s the most donor dough now? Climate Change!!! The new director can hit the deck running without Foxman’s skill and still keep the org alive.

February 26, 2014 9:17 pm

gnomish says:
February 26, 2014 at 7:44 pm
send ms rose the photoshopped nazis of the SkS website.
she might understand pictures.

Great idea.

John F. Hultquist
February 26, 2014 9:23 pm

Bob Burns says:
February 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm
Did the ADL have any comment on Hansen and his use of the term “death trains” ?

Put death trains into the WUWT search box. There are several posts that come up.
Several years ago I made a comment that something in James Hansen’s past must have influenced his odd and disgusting use of “death trains” and I think it is every bit as repugnant. Shelley Rose and the ADL members need to be aware of this history. If Roy’s blast at the warmist group brings this about – great!

February 26, 2014 9:49 pm

I’ve been coming across this BDS thing the past few weeks. I was compelled to do a lot of research on the subject. My first question now is; How is it that most people in the USA are probably the last people on Earth to find out about this Anti-Apartheid Israel movement? It’s so massively huge. Did you know there is this Israeli Apartheid Week 2014 UK and US: February 24-March 2?
http://www.bdsmovement.net/
Israel is also battling this Zionism Unsettled: A Congregational Study Guide thing as well.
http://www.israelpalestinemissionnetwork.org/main/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=256
It looks like Israel is dealing with this thing from every direction. Their PR damage control campaign alone looks like it will bankrupt the country. But with this BDS thing going on, it looks like Israel will never recover economically. It’s just too huge.
Israeli Apartheid Week 2014 Trailer
[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0KONygMEg8 ]

pat
February 26, 2014 9:53 pm

Jim –
i’m with you. not for one minute do i believe there was anything INADVERTENT about that photo of Merkel. the German person being interviewed by BBC last night said no-one in Germany is laughing, because Merkel has been depicted with Hitler moustache by protesters ever sence German taxpayers had to bail out bankrupt EU countries:
April 2013: Deutsche Welle: Merkel as Hitler?
Angela Merkel is increasingly being depicted as a Nazi in other EU countries – as a new Hitler. Does that mean that Europe’s political culture has failed?
It all began in Greece. About three years ago, angry Athenians took to the streets in protest, and one of their banners showed German Chancellor Angela Merkel in an SS uniform. Since then, there has been no end to the Nazi comparisons. Merkel’s strict austerity measures in the euro crisis cemented Germany’s power in Europe in the eyes of many protesters, reminding them of the occupation during the Second World War…
Other European countries have also dusted off their Nazi imagery since the crisis has made itself ever more strongly felt – such as Cyprus, which was spared from German occupation. When small savers began to fear that even they would have to pay for the bank bailout, angry protesters wore Merkel masks with Hitler mustaches. Their banners read, “Nazi Germany still alive.” And in Spain, an economics professor recently wrote in the country’s largest daily newspaper that Merkel had, “like Hitler, declared war on the rest of Europe, this time to secure [the Germans] economic space.” Even though the editors later withdrew the article, it shows that the climate is poisoned…
According to the Greek writer Petros Markaris, “The Germans are seen as a schoolmaster, and not only in Greece.” But, writing in a German newspaper, he was also not short of criticism for his own country: “Almost all Balkan peoples see themselves as innocent victims,” while the Germans “are proud of their accomplishments and want the rest of the Europeans, especially the Southerners, to imitate them.”…
http://www.dw.de/merkel-as-hitler/a-16753456
Dr.Spencer was right to expess himself as he did.

February 26, 2014 9:55 pm

Urban Dictionary
Deniers:
Noun: The language of Climate Nazis.

February 26, 2014 10:03 pm

Brian H says:
February 26, 2014 at 8:51 pm
@fredberple;
What evidence do you have that what is important to Global Waming Nazis is shared by us Deniers?
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My baffle is gabbed by your question.

stan stendera
February 26, 2014 10:13 pm

I fully expect this comment to get snipped.
[snip – and you were right, best left unsaid for now -mod]
I say this as one who supports Israel in their plight in the Middle East with all my heart and mind.

February 26, 2014 10:13 pm

As an Israeli and a Jew, I find the mere existance fo the ADL annoying and unnecessary.
I also beleive the “missing” attention to the “D” word on their side is just a form of ignorance – but that does not change the fact they are “forgetting” the origin of Spencer’s words. They just had to read his whole post to realize why he wrote it.

dp
February 26, 2014 10:18 pm

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, my personal rabbi because everyone needs a rabbi, has nothing kind to say about the ADL and Abe Foxman, and for good reason. But he seems to believe they can be salvaged. Lapin is also stridently critical of the so-called self-hating Jews. Don’t complain to me – he’s happy to address the issue. My brother who is Jewish and I who am atheist, have found a lot of agreement in what Lapin says.

February 26, 2014 10:25 pm

Millions of potential skeptics retain naive trust in contemporary scientific organizations based on centuries of noble contributions to civilization. Raising a ruckus is required to alert them that they themselves are being pointedly criticized for smearing their smartest propellor head neighbors as equivalent to Holocaust deniers. The demographic of most skeptics simply lacks normal adult testosterone levels and this has enabled the bullying to be effective, I’m afraid. Thank goodness for Spenser since he’s so far one of the *only* insiders with enough scientific authority to really fight back, verbally, and get any attention at all. That the alarmists are losing means they will attempt a damage control soft landing. Don’t give it to them. A vast potential remains in the generation of young adults who have been indoctrinated by such easy to debunk propaganda as Al Gore and friends have dictated in schools. Understand that this wedge issue for which we skeptics hold all the good cards is such a deeply invested in issue that with only a bit more fighting effort, the entire tyrannically inclined left wing of politics, mass media, and academia become the real fall guys, not just a few rogue “scientists.” Cultural revolutions, more or less peaceful, happen throughout human history. Roy Spencer just refused to sit at the back of the bus. Judith Curry has stopped fence sitting too. They deserve our support, not passivist condemnation, as we enter a pivot point in human history, a culture war between good and evil.

February 26, 2014 10:32 pm

I was trashed last time I appealed for moderation. I said take the high road and was told I was a silly defeatist wimp. So be it. Roy, I feel you are far to important, a quality professional. Please drop the use of that ugly N word.

dp
February 26, 2014 10:32 pm

stan stendera says:
February 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm
I fully expect this comment to get snipped.

It would be a dilution of effort and would finally result in failure to attempt to take on every cause. One is most effective when one stays focused on an area of passion. The ADL has an area of passion (and some very misguided views) and I’ve no doubt the bulk of rank and file supporters of the ADL agree with all decent people regarding your points but they haven’t the budget to cover it all. We as individuals and groups become useless when we try beyond our means to feed all the poor, for example. When we feed well those whom we can but fail to feed all we have still done good, and have left rewarding work for others to do. I also think we don’t attach enough conditions on what we provide, but that’s a whole ‘nuther topic.

February 26, 2014 10:35 pm

A year or so ago, I also complained to the ACLU about continued use of Denier against skeptics. I explained in my letter that it’s use trivialized the suffering of 6 million Jews and another 6 million non-Jews who died under the Nazis.
Not surprisingly (to me) I got zero response – not a note saying that I was over-reacting – but dead silence.
To me, this makes the ACLU just one more group that is using a name which lies about what the organization really stands for. Their requests to me for monetary help go right into the garbage where they belong.

brent
February 26, 2014 10:37 pm

The UN Quietly Wages War on Religion
Calgarian Hermina Dykxhoorn, president of the Alberta Federation of Women United for Families, has seen the UN executive at work. Over the last decade, she has been a pro-family lobbyist at UN conferences in Beijing, Istanbul, Rome and other venues.
“At the 1996 Istanbul Conference, the director general of the World Health Organization (then Dr. Hiroshi Nakajima) told a press conference that `the three great monotheistic religions are not compatible with the New World Order’,” Dykxhoorn, a Christian Reformed Protestant, recalled. “I heard him say it. And when you’re a member of one of those monotheistic religions, it’s rather chilling.”
But the UN Secretariat isn’t opposed to all religion, she said. “They don’t mind Hindus and Buddhists, because they’ve got more flexible moral codes. And they love the Bahai’s because Bahai’s are big on world government. But they don’t like Orthodox Judaism, Christianity or Islam—any religion with an absolute moral code is an obstacle to them.”
UN executives appear to be particularly tolerant of “Gaia” or “earth religion,” ancient paganism in a new guise. Dykxhoorn has seen Gaia religion material distributed in UN offices, and spokesmen for the London- based Gaia Foundation hold their press conferences in normally off-limits UN press rooms. “Gaia is the ancient Greek name for the Earth Goddess,” says the Gaia Foundation’s Web site. “This Goddess, in common with female deities of other early religions, was at once gentle, feminine and nurturing, but also ruthlessly cruel to any that failed to live in harmony with the planet.”
Dykxhoorn said, “They’re against the three great mono-theisms, because those religions stress the sanctity of life and the sanctity of the family.”
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/archive//ldn/2001/aug/010820a
In terms of Judeo-Christian ethics, that commandment about “Not Killing” is rather essential. You will not find such a prohibition under the bio-centric “Earth Charter”
Think about what that portends.
http://judithcurry.com/2013/09/11/responsible-conduct-in-the-global-research-enterprise/#comment-378892
The New Divinity
By Julian Huxley FRS
Hardtalk – James Lovelock – Population reduction (max 1 billion)
http://judithcurry.com/2013/08/31/open-thread-weekend-30/#comment-373005
Michael Ruse’s arguments are worth scrutinizing and digesting
http://judithcurry.com/2014/02/15/week-in-review-13/#comment-456530

stan stendera
February 26, 2014 10:48 pm

For the mods and dp who apparently saw my post. I feel that if I don’t get snipped once in a while I’m not being effective. No hard feelings mods.
PS: It’s been a looong time since I was snipped.
[The mods prefer to snip no one. But, if your instincts indicate you will get snipped… Yes, you will likely get snipped. Mod]

February 26, 2014 11:24 pm

Thanks to Ric Werme for the link to the newspaper. There are plenty of good responses posted there.

jono
February 26, 2014 11:39 pm

“Global Warming Nazis” is correct enough but a bit cumbersome. personally I think “Carbon Nazi” is a neater label.. .

February 26, 2014 11:43 pm

If you don’t know about the Seinfeld “Soup Nazi,” this is for you:

It is a very common Internet meme. For instance, a google search for “grammar nazi” yields over 600,000 hits:
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22grammar+nazi%22
Here’s what KnowYourMeme says about Grammar Nazis:
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grammar-nazi
…and Soup Nazis:
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/no-soup-for-you-soup-nazi
…and here’s an article about Smoking Nazis:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/blogs/over-the-rainbow/3968013/Are-you-a-Smoking-Nazi
When is the ADL going to denounce all these people? All these examples preceded Dr. Spencer’s use of the meme. Why was he, and he alone, singled out for ADL denouncement?

Neo
February 26, 2014 11:51 pm

Shelley Rose appears to be the Interim Regional Director at Anti-Defamation League in Atlanta.

Rhys Jaggar
February 27, 2014 12:25 am

I disagree with your final hope that it’s a low-level misjudgement.
You just need to look across the issues to see that this kind of behaviour is endemic to the UK/US sphere.
If you look at warfare, whenever UK/US troops are sent in, there’s purportedly a good reason for it and the troops always behave well. In the far less frequent occasions when the Russians go in anywhere, they are ‘bent on global domination’. A cursory examination of geographies of invasions, frequencies of invasions and deaths caused show that it is the West that is bloodthirsty and imperialistic, not Russia, who is merely defending its borders. The same can be said when protestors overthrow governments. If they are funded by the CIA it’s ‘for freedom’, if US-supported dictators are overthrown, they are ‘communists’, or ‘terrorists’ or whatever. Just look at Ukraine, where the Eastern half of the country is ethnically Russian, tied through history to Russia but may well be told, against their will, that they must submit to the Western Ukrainians’ different views. That’s acceptable collateral damage, but the Falkland Islanders needed ‘Mrs Thatcher to liberate them from the evil Argentines’. It’s not very consistent, is it??
Then you can look at housing. If local councils, state legislatures etc can raise finance more cheaply, will run community housing on a non-profit basis, then simple common sense says that those people living in those houses will have more spare cash to spend in the local economy than if a private developer raises cash more expensively and makes a profit charging higher rents. But anyone who says this in the UK is branded ‘a socialist, a communist, a hater of free markets’. I’m not a hater of free markets, I’m a hater of those who wish to reduce overall health of economies for private greed. There are times when the private sector does things best, other times when they don’t. But there is no consistency of attitude.
You can say similar with banking. All the mutuals (you call them thrifts) were destroyed in the 1980s and 1990s in the name of ‘capitalism’. The cost of obtaining a mortgage went up, a few ‘carpet baggers’ made money telling depositors to demutualise and the bastion of frugal, conservative, fiscally sound local lending went up in smoke. Just to make a few buccaneering yobbos a bit richer.
It’s a far wider question than just climate science, this intrinsic bias, you know. I won’t even get into the feminist agenda, religion or other areas of rabid prejudice.

M Courtney
February 27, 2014 12:27 am

It’s a fair point: – why do we assume that the N*z* word is offensive to climate change believers?
They seem to revel in the association. Here are some examples:
Hansen’s Death Trains
The Guardian claiming that the Holocaust in the past is as certain to have happened as the disasters from AGW in the future – clear case of Holocaust denial in every Environment comments section.
And how SkS see themselves.

February 27, 2014 12:35 am

The ADL does a lot of awful things — this isn’t surprising.

Mindert Eiting
February 27, 2014 12:40 am

I stick to my opinion that we should take ‘denier’ as a nom des gueux, we should be proud of. We could even use it in names of our websites, e.g. Climate Denier’s News. Time is at our side. Someone who used the term in a scientific article and really meant it, has the problem of a shame forever, a problem we don’t have.

brent
February 27, 2014 12:43 am

Ban Ki Moon: Super Genius
6/21/2007 03:01 AM
Sometimes truth doesn’t matter. It only matters what people believe. Ban Ki Moon would have people believe that even for the sun and the rain, there is someone to blame.
http://www.humanevents.com/2007/06/21/ban-ki-moon-super-genius/

stan stendera
February 27, 2014 1:19 am

Mods!!
Sometimes I just want to make the comment even if it gets no further then you mods. I usually am careful to put certain words in those comments which alert you guys. I was under the impression that snip was such a word. I will be more careful in the future.
Again no hard feelings. When I get my panties in a wad is when I get snipped when I don’t think I deserve it. Which is why I almost never visit the warmist sites.

rogerknights
February 27, 2014 1:51 am

In spite of the intent of some of the rabid warmists to insinuate a Holocaust connection, I believe that they constitute only 10% of the users of the word. Most of them, like that CNN hostess the other day (Carol something), only intend to imply “invincibly ignorant” or “willfully blind.” They most likely have read some piece on “How to Talk to a Denier” and think it’s made an unanswerable case that it is perverse not to accept.
I remember back in the day, before Holocaust denial was in the news, “being in denial” and “being a denier” were terms that were applied to alcoholics and members of their families. This term originated in psychoanalysis and that’s where it is still “coming from” today. IMO.

DirkH
February 27, 2014 1:58 am

Can’t we just settle on Climate Eugenicists? That should be ok for everybody; leftist hero economist Keynes was after all president of the Eugenics sociecty; and Obama science czar Holdren detailed his eugenicist approach in his 1970’s bestseller EcoScience. And the WWF was founded by eugenicist Julian Huxley.

February 27, 2014 2:16 am

I’ve made the following comment at ADL (includes some useful references/quotes)
http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/#comment-1262678665
YES, the victims of the holocaust deserve better, which is why, the equating of climate sceptics to being the moral equivalent of holocaust deniers, is so distasteful and it has been going on for over a decade.
Sceptics have been equated to holocaust deniers for years. Spencer is pushing back and is not referencing Jew[s], but the conduct of the NAzi’s who suppressed(killed)all political opposition and freedom of thought (book burning, remember)
The Guardian explained 4 years ago:
“We have been discussing such terminology, and some of my colleagues have suggested that Guardian style might be amended to stop referring to “climate change deniers” in favour of, perhaps, “climate sceptics”.
The editor of our environment website explains: “The former has nasty connotations with Holocaust denial and tends to polarise debate.” – Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/com
Here are some very high profile examples, in the international media, by journalists and activists and politicians calling sceptics names (equating them to somebody as low as a holocaust denier)
Hari 2005:
“The climate-change deniers are rapidly ending up with as much intellectual credibility as creationists and Flat Earthers. Indeed, given that 25,000 people died in Europe in the 2003 heatwave caused by anthropogenic climate change, given that the genocide unfolding in Darfur has been exacerbated by the stresses of climate change, given that Bangladesh may disappear beneath the rising seas in the next century, they are nudging close to having the moral credibility of Holocaust deniers. They are denying the reality of a force that – unless we change the way we live pretty fast – will kill millions.”
http://www.independent.co.uk/o
2006: monbiot “Almost everywhere, climate change denial now looks as stupid and as unacceptable as Holocaust denial.”
http://www.guardian.co.uk/comm
2006: Lynas “I wonder what sentences judges might hand down at future international criminal tribunals on those who will be partially but directly responsible for millions of deaths from starvation, famine and disease in decades ahead. I put this in a similar moral category to Holocaust denial – except that this time the Holocaust is yet to come, and we still have time to avoid it”.
http://web.archive.org/web/200
2007: fed Ellen Goodman : “Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one denies the past and the other denies the present and future.”
http://web.archive.org/web/200
then there are others saying ‘climate treason’, and others saying ‘Nuremburg trial’ for climate – and I’m sure very many other USA, examples could be found (in the main stream media (Hari, Independent, Monbiot – Guardian) very politicized and a huge deterrent to speak up at all.
2008 – Grist Climate Nuremburg (quoting monbiot)
http://grist.org/article/the-d
2008: Hansen -Crime Against humanity:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi
2009: Krugman – Guilty of treason
http://www.alternet.org/story/
20011- Chris Huhne – UK Minsiter Enrrgy & Climate Change– “Defying climate deal like appeasing Hitler-
http://www.reuters.com/article
The Guardian Newspaper wrote 4 years ago, about the linkage of ‘climate deniers’ with ‘holocaust deniers’..
shame nobody spoke out against all the above at the ADL

GeeJam
February 27, 2014 2:21 am

Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.
Having spent the last hour reading every comment (some quite vociferous), I cannot be alone in admitting that I am reasonably comfortable with someone calling me a denier. In fact I am proud to be a denier.
For me, it is far more important to believe in our cause, vis-à-vis; that the miniscule amount of anthropogenic CO2 in our atmosphere cannot cause our world to heat up to unprecedented levels or influence natural climate. End of story. Similarly, the same pride applies to personal religious belief in so much as ‘they’ choose to call me an agnostic – simply because I believe in something which is different to what the Christian church and the bible tells me. But I do not completely deny that there is an ‘existence’ of some kind, because if I did, then I would be an atheist.
So maybe, I’m a climate atheist. Whatever.
Perhaps, let’s face it, we are all becoming over-sensitive with what ever ‘name calling’ the melodramatic warming fraternity throw at us – and appreciate that there a far more offensive terms we could be called like “F..k..g Climate W..k.r”. It’s only when bricks start coming through our windows will I help protect our pride and go and kick someone’s ass – starting by asking every climate atheist to grab a fire extinguisher, empty it completely of all the manufactured CO2 and ask the high priests of the warming faith if they observe any changes to the earth’s climate. We’ll save the lemonade, inflatable life vests, beer and sodium bicarbonate for next week. Ok?
Have fun.
GeeJam

February 27, 2014 2:21 am

ref [something] nazi
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/grammar-nazi
Notable Derivatives
As more and more people began embracing the term “Grammar Nazi,” the once taboo word “Nazi” became associated with fanaticism in general, spawning several derivative compound nouns in which it is used as a suffix to denote overzealousness.
Music Nazi: A person who believes that his or her music is better than everyone else’s and thus entitled to decide who is a poser and who isn’t.[29]
Network Nazi: A person, usually male, who runs the Office IT in a ruthless fashion.[30]
Facebook Nazi: A person who goes out of one’s way to report suggestive and offensive material posted by others on Facebook.[31]
Health Nazi: A person who constantly provides one’s own opinions on dieting, exercise, and weight loss in an arrogant and pushy manner.[33]
Food Nazi: A person who insists on dictating what others should call themselves based upon their diets.[34]
Wikipedia Nazi: A Wikipedia editor who subscribes to a ridiculously strict set of standards and frequently removes well-written articles submitted by others.[35]
Door Nazi: A retail business employee who checks your receipt upon leaving the store.[36]
Heat Nazi: A person who micromanages the home thermostat in order to maintain a budget-friendly temperature of 65 Fahrenheit degrees or less.[37]
Language Nazi: A person who is culturally-intolerant and complains when someone speaks in a language other than one’s own.[38]
Computer Nazi: A school faculty member in control of the computer lab who sets strict limits on what you can use or what you can bring into the room.[39]
Enviro Nazi: An environmentalist who habitually shames others for their lack of dedication.[32]
Forum Nazi: An Internet forum moderator who takes it upon oneself to remove posts without any forewarning or explanation.[41]

brent
February 27, 2014 3:03 am

Mark Steyn: Tiptoeing on ever-thinner eggshells
Instead, the relentless propagandizing grows ever more heavy-handed: The tolerance enforcers will not tolerate dissent; the diversity celebrators demand a ruthless homogeneity. Much of the progressive agenda – on marriage, immigration, and much else – involves not winning the argument but ruling any debate out of bounds
http://tinyurl.com/cfmnxon

brent
February 27, 2014 3:16 am

The legacy of Julian Huxley – ‘Evolutionary Studies’ edited by M. Keynes and G. Ainsworth
JULIAN HUXLEY was born in 1887 and he died in 1975. From the end of the First World War through to the early 1960s, he enjoyed a formidable reputation as an evolutionary biologist, a science writer and broadcaster, and as something of a political activist. His creed was humanism, while his medium was the Eugenics Society and, for a time, UNESCO.
With incredible energy, he helped to found the World Wildlife Fund, IUCN, the Ecological Society and the Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour. He received numerous awards and other honours for his services to science and to society. For example, he gained prizes for popularising science, for writing English verse, and for contributions to planned parenthood, conservation and evolutionary biology.
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg12617155.100
The New Divinity
By Julian Huxley FRS
Hardtalk – James Lovelock – Population reduction (max 1 billion)
http://judithcurry.com/2013/08/31/open-thread-weekend-30/#comment-373005

Charlie
February 27, 2014 3:19 am

1. The word “Denier”insinuates that someone is denying the Holocaust;Spencer does not .
2.The Nazis wanted to destroy Christianity and replace it with a new religion.
3. The Nazis developed an adoration for “Nature” and a denigration for industry and urban living.
4.. There was a movement in Germany which supported or perhaps one should say idolised a back to Nature attitude which was rapidly absorbed by the Nazis.
5. If one looks at Hitler’s worship of nature, dislike of industry and capitalism; the various groups and philosophies which fantasised about a back to Nature living which originated in Germany from the late 19C; which grew rapidly after the WW1 and which influenced and were absorbed by the Nazis ; then I would say Spencer was correct.
6. The word Nazis comes National Socialist and many members were former communists. The Nazis also supported groups such as which grew up around Rudolf Steiner.
7. There is good argument that the roots of the Nazi movement lay in the German Romanticism of the mid 19C which rejected capitalism and intellectual movements which developed in cities such as Viennna. Jews lived in cities , not the countryside : therefore the rural idyll also rejected Jewish influence.
8. The fact that Nazis absorbed former members of the communist parties and Neo Pagan Nature loving rural fanatics and suppressed dissent which is similar to what has happened since the late 1960s. Many members of violent communist groups such as Baider Meinhof and R2 have joined the Green movement. In, the UK Monbiot who comes from a Conservative background and Lord Melchett have joined the Green movement. Many of the post 1960s hippies have joined the Green Movement( similar to the back to nature groups of 1920s and 1930s Germany who were absorbed by the Nazis). Many socialists , such as Ken Livingstone , former Mayor London have aligned themselves with the Green Movement.
9. Like the the Nazis of the 1920s, many of the Green Movement lack the engineering and applied science skills to solve the World’s problems.

hunter
February 27, 2014 3:25 am

ADL is very left wing and pc.

February 27, 2014 3:30 am

The ADL is right.
calling deniers deniers has nothing to do with comparing them to holocaust deniers. the word denier is and never was exclusive to holocaust denial. there are many forms of denial.
AGW denial is merely one form of denial. and as asceptic myself, i simply cannot call people that are in denial about climatology sceptics. they are clearly not. they are deniers.
[Reply: It was tempting to just delete your intolerant, hate-filled comment because it clearly violates this site’s Policy page. But maybe it’s better to let other readers deal with you. —mod.]

Reply to  Aanthanur DC
February 27, 2014 10:57 am

@ Aanthanur DC
And should someone call you a bung hole, that would just be descriptive?
Your comment reeks of ignorance. You do not even have a conception of what is being denied. But you do know the pejorative power of insulting words, so you use them to intimidate others you do not agree with. And the reason you do is because you do not know how, nor do you have the knowledge, to debate them honestly.
So we can honestly say you are dishonest, Both in your use of the term, and in your posting.

Adam
February 27, 2014 3:46 am

ADL are a bunch of scum bags. Don’t take any notice of them. Their main purpose is to stifle criticism of Israel by linking any criticism of Israel to criticism of Jews and to punish congressmen who do not support increased funding for Israel or who object the Israel’s treatment of its victims or who do sell out the American people in favor of Israel and the huge campaign funding which comes from the multitude of Jewish interest groups in the US.
In any event, Israel is the Jewish state and they do only allow Jews to move their (make Aliya) and most Jews do support the state of Israel as being the Jewish state. Ergo, it may actually be somewhat legitimate to blame the actions of Israel on Jewish people in general. [snip] I mean, can a group of people act badly as a general group and escape criticism of the group? Jewish people are always quick to grab *credit* for anything any Jewish person of note ever did in the past. Usually Einstein and Intel and claiming that Israel invented cell phones. But they are not so keen to take responsibility for the negative behavior of their group in general.

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 3:46 am

I think some Warmists are afraid that the term “Climate Nazis” might stick. I won’t use it because I don’t want to end up in spam all the time, but Climate Nazis is what they are. If they had their way (as some of them have made clear) we would be blown up, stabbed in the heart, put on trial, executed, face smeared in asbestos and so on. Is this the language of people who are certain of their science? Their voodoo science is doomed by observations which explains the desperation.
PS it has little to do with science now. It’s now about getting their policies and structures in place before the voices of dissent grow louder (see the temperature hiatus, increased NH winter snow extent trend since mid 196os, Antarctic extent trending up since 1979, Arctic volume and extent up 50% in 2013 etc).

February 27, 2014 3:58 am

Aanthanur DC,
You really don’t understand, do you?
Scientific skeptics [the only honest kind of scientists, which would leave you out – if you were a scientist] know that CO2 has a minuscule effect. But that aside, what, exactly, are skeptics supposed to be denying?
Or are you such a miserable person that you call people inappropriate names for no other reason, except to feed your hatred?

Jim Bo
February 27, 2014 4:01 am

Jimbo says:
February 27, 2014 at 3:46 am
“…but Climate Nazis is what they are.”
Discredited Climate Nazis will give us an even better leg up. Make it so.

hunter
February 27, 2014 4:09 am

Aanthanur DC, You have all the traits: spittle flecked anger at those who disagree with you, smugness, ignorance (in abundance), shallowness, unoriginality. I think what people like you miss is your “good ol’ days” when you could call certain people ni**er without fear of consequence.

February 27, 2014 4:18 am

Not surprising.
The ADL defends the truth of the Holocaust against unbelievers, alarmists do the same for CO2 hysteria.

klem
February 27, 2014 4:44 am

The midterms are coming, and the lefties are in a fighting mood obviously. I think we’re going to see a lot of this behavior over the next 6 months or so, as they openly demonize the right.

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 4:51 am

• Professor Richard Siegmund Lindzen is an atmospheric scientist
• He is Jewish.
• His father fled Nazi Germany.
• He was a contributor to Chapter 4 of the 1995 IPCC 2nd Assessment.
• He worked on Chapter 7 of 2001 IPCC Working Group 1
• He is an AGW skeptic.
There are other examples of how easy it is to point out inconvenient facts to the ADL. Zero out of 10 – must try harder.

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 5:03 am

The ADL is right.
calling deniers deniers has nothing to do with comparing them to holocaust deniers. the word denier is and never was exclusive to holocaust denial. there are many forms of denial.

Let me assist you with your reading difficulties. Click and read all my references. I wait for your reply as you did use the word “NOTHING”.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/26/bizzare-anti-defamation-league-apparently-gives-a-green-light-to-defamation-of-climate-skeptics-by-comparing-them-to-holocaust-deniers/#comment-1577619

Bob Rothman
February 27, 2014 5:28 am

To add a useful English word like ‘denier’ to a list of taboo words to be used only in a hushed, religious way is outrageous and should be laughed at by anybody who has his head screwed on right.
If a tiny group of people want to revel in their holocaust religion, let them, but do not expect the other 99.99 percent of us to bow and scrape to them and their bizarre cult.

February 27, 2014 5:39 am

re: dbstealey says February 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Thanks to Ric Werme for the link to the newspaper.
Pls check the chronology in the thread above for who ‘landed’ that link first …
Just sayin. (If the wheel doesn’t squeak it’ll never see the grease.)
Note also who first ‘found’ the webpage where the press release was posted (and no h/t!). Maybe if I posted as Gail Combs’ long-lost brother I could get the h/t … eh?
.

brent
February 27, 2014 5:45 am

@DirkH says:
February 27, 2014 at 1:58 am
Dirk,
You’ve made an important distinction. After WWII, one great perceptual problem involved in effect giving the impression that the filth and horror of the Eugenics movement was some sort of specifically and uniquely German/Nazi problem.
This of course was completely untrue. Eugenics was the creed of the elites all over the Western World pre WWII..
In effect the Eugenicists on the winning side absolved themselves of blame which left them free to rebrand themselves as the human hating environmentalist elite we have today
Bio-Ethics IMO is the New Eugenics. And whereas the Eugenics movement is now recognised as having targeted part of the human race, Bio-Ethics is going Full-Monty, and targeting the “Human Race As A Whole”.
Global Warming as Faith
http://blog.heartland.org/2013/08/global-warming-as-faith/
The environmental elite regard the mass of humanity as vermin, despoiling divine Gaia.

beng
February 27, 2014 5:46 am

Something on Fox News the other day that some of the warmist-handlers had issued orders to push CAGW “deniers”, prb’ly to deflect attention from the O’bumbler’s negative issues. The media/NGOs have quickly responded in lockstep.

dmacleo
February 27, 2014 6:01 am

the ADL attempts to squash free speech often when it doesn’t agree with them, sort of like what a political party in germany in the 30’s did.
if a nazi comparison is valid then its valid and doesn’t demean holocaust victims.
forbidding people to use comparisons hurts them more than it helps them. it also tends to blur the political happenings back then and risk them happening again.

Editor
February 27, 2014 6:20 am

dbstealey says:
February 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm
> Thanks to Ric Werme for the link to the newspaper. There are plenty of good responses posted there.
Better thanks go to _Jim’s 4:59 pm comment. I just reposted the URL to increase the chances of it being seen.
The story was up before 0900 EST. I imagine there’s a fair amount of talk at the office now. I’ll be mightily unimpressed if they don’t react, and even more unimpressed if they react the wrong way.

BruceC
February 27, 2014 6:30 am

“I have no patience for climate change deniers
Barack Obama – June, 2013

CodeTech
February 27, 2014 6:33 am

One problem here is that people who experienced WW2 are almost all gone (last holocaust survivor passed last week, for example), and those who learned anything useful about WW2 are aging. To the current generation, WW2 doesn’t matter. Nazis don’t matter. All they are is grainy black and white people wearing funny uniforms and speaking in horrible fake German accents.
A picturesque description like “death trains” won’t have the same sting to a 25 year old as it does to a 70 year old. While I was born in the 60s, I still grew up with a steady diet of WW2 movies, Hogan’s Heroes, and more than one teacher who fought in the war.I still vividly remember the day our school janitor was brought into our elementary school classroom to tell us about what he experienced. He wept when they played “White Cliffs of Dover”.
So a part of this is generational. Calling someone a Nazi is more reminiscent to a younger age of either Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi or the Grammar Nazis we see in all online forums or facebook groups, and will not summon vivid images of an entire country bent on world domination, by force, and elimination of Jews, Gypsies, and various other identifiable groups via wholesale murder by government sanctioned jackbooted thugs.
The thing is, this mostly renders the ADL’s claims completely moot. Nazis are no longer the horror that they were. In fact, they are perceived in an almost cartoonish light. S&M fanatics will often own a Nazi uniform style leather outfit, neo-white-power groups will fly a Swastika without really understanding the history and meaning of it, and my age group will always see them as Col. Klink and Sgt. Shultz.
To me, any group that endorses the use of public mocking, wishes their ideological opponents could be slaughtered in particularly gruesome ways, thinks it would be good to consider anyone who disagrees with them as mentally ill and subject to institutionalization, or fantasizes about how wonderful the world will be once they are in control and have eliminated their perceived enemy is acting as the Nazis did. There were many times in the rise of Nazism that they could have been stopped or critically wounded by strong opposition. The people who are doing the same must also be stopped before they gain the kind of power they crave and are actively attempting to gain.

Ed, 'Mr' Jones
February 27, 2014 6:34 am

Aanthanur DC says:
February 27, 2014 at 3:30 am
“the (sic) word denier is and never was exclusive to holocaust denial. there (sic) are many forms of denial.”
You are in denial as to the connotation of the word within the context of Climate debate. If you read the Ellen Goodman piece referenced above that was the genesis of the Climate context connotation, you will have the opportunity to accept the reality.

BruceC
February 27, 2014 6:40 am

Organizing for Action
http://ofa.barackobama.com/climate-deniers/#/
Call Out the Climate Change Deniers
Climate change is real, it’s caused largely by human activities, and it poses significant risks for our health. Some members of Congress disagree with this simple, scientifically proven fact. We need to work to curb climate change, and a big step is to raise our voices to change the conversation in Washington. Call these deniers out. Hold them accountable. Ask them if they will admit climate change is a problem.

Owen
February 27, 2014 6:53 am

The Climate Liars ARE fascists. If the truth hurts, so-be-it. They’ll destroy our democracy if they get the chance. I’m happy Dr. Spencer called a spade a spade. I’m tired of the climate realists sitting back and taking abuse from people who are as immoral as any World War 2 fascist.

more soylent green!
February 27, 2014 6:55 am

The Nazis were fascists and therefore anti-capitalists. But you can’t point that out. The new rules are that the term Nazis may only be applied to anyone who is not on the left-wing of American politics. You must never point out that the Nazis, as fascists, were socialists, championed the state over the individual, that the Nazis were anti-religion, anti-traditional family and were seeking a “new world order.”
Nope all that is verboten. I think these rules are clearly explained in the new College Student Handbooks and the AP Style Guide.

JohnB
February 27, 2014 6:57 am

Sticky post until ADL Atlanta settles out

Jim Bo
February 27, 2014 7:01 am

It appears that Ms. Rose’s particular brand of activism is not limited to warm-mongering attacks on “deniers” under her “Interim Regional Director” ADL banner. She apparently dabbles in a little old fashioned progressive political “education” as well. From Georgia Public Broadcasting…

Praying Under Friday Night Lights
Monday morning will find members of the House judiciary committee vetting a bill that could instigate another round of culture wars.
The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dusty Hightower, a Carrollton Republican, and would give public school students more opportunity and more permission to make religious prayer part of school events.
It has some bi-partisan support as Rep. Stacey Evans, an Atlanta Democrat, is a co-sponsor. But it also inevitably has broad opposition from groups such as the Anti-Defamation League.
Shelley Rose with the ADL’s Southeastern office in Atlanta said the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a number of rulings that limit prayer in public schools, and she said the current bill would be unconstitutional under those precedents.
She said expanding prayer in taxpayer-funded schools is problematic because “it’s a setting where students are required to be.” She also said in some cases the prayer would be broadcast “over a school public address system” or at football games that many consider an integral part of school life.
“Students are not required to go to football games but it is such a part of the school that if you have one student giving a prayer, other students become a captive audience,” she said. “It makes it appear the school is sponsoring and authorizing it.”
Prayer in Schools And Maybe Schools In Court
But more than opposing the bill, ADL will be at the Capitol Monday morning to do some educating.
“We’ll try to educate lawmakers about what the possible repercussions might be for them and for local schools that could be opening themselves up to litigation,” she said.
GPB News, Sun., February 16, 2014

JPeden
February 27, 2014 7:03 am

Aanthanur DC says:
February 27, 2014 at 3:30 am
“AGW denial is merely one form of denial. and as asceptic myself, i simply cannot call people that are in denial about climatology sceptics. they are clearly not. they are deniers.”
You are not a sceptic, you are a Believer: you “believe in” the Truth of CO2CAGW hypotheses which have a 100% prediction failure record and are therefore falsified=scientifically false. Thus these “hypotheses” have now become Dogma for anyone who still uses them, especially in that they no longer relate to the scientific/empirical world. Whether you will also remain a denier in that respect is up to you.

Editor
February 27, 2014 7:05 am

Checking Google news at https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&gl=us&tbm=nws&authuser=0&q=spencer+nazi I found that Dana Nuccitelli couldn’t refuse the siren call of attacking Spencer, see http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2014/feb/21/nazis-climate-contrarian-credibility-gap
He didn’t include any of his own Nazi SkS imagery….

February 27, 2014 7:08 am

From Pop Tech:
http://www.populartechnology.net/2014/02/skeptical-science-smear-skeptics-as.html
Skeptical Science: Smear Skeptics as Holocaust Deniers
In March of 2012, the climate alarmist website Skeptical Science had their forums “hacked” and the contents posted online. In a forum thread titled “Advice on engaging the public”, John Cook posts enthusiastically, “Here is an excellent email from Greg Craven…”
Here’s my two cents on engaging the public:
The biggest obstacles you need to understand are that the public doesn’t understand the nature of science, …they aren’t rational decision-makers, […]
Be aware that the press is very defensive about being called “liberal” by the heartland. So they will always give a denier equal weight under the guise of “We just report and let the reader make their own decision.” The hell they do. Ask “When the press does a story on the Holocaust, do they give equal time to the revisionists?”
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I’ll add a bit more of Craven’s thoughts to John Cook below:
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Ask “When the press does a story on the Holocaust, do they give equal time to the revisionists? When they do a story on spacecraft or astronomy, do they give equal time to the flat-earthers? When they do a story on the extinction of the dinosaurs, do they give equal time to the Nessie fans?” Call them on it. In your interviews–trying to avoid making your interviewer defensive and thus not publish your point–point out that it’s their job to evaluate what is credible and what’s not, and only give a small acknowledgement to the less credible stuff.
Be willing to sacrifice precision in the interest of brevity. The assumption that the press is looking for the truth is completely incorrect. What the press is looking for is a story they can tell, with a hook–and, if they can get it–something provocative (like a manufactured controversy). I know it grates, but give sound bites:
“This level of agreement in science is unprecedented.” As you can see from the effectiveness of the denial machine, a striking statement– even a wrong one–becomes truth to the public, even if carefully taken apart later. The unengaged majority only hears sound bites and headlines. They NEVER read the careful and thorough rebuttal. They’re simply too busy with life to do any research. Especially since they’ve heard environmental doomsday stories their whole life, and we’re still here, right? So start taking a page from the opposition–not in their dishonesty, but in their mode of communicating.
Some specific talking points:
Re: Climategate. Acknowledge that cries of “It was quoted out of context!” always strike the listener as weak excuses of guilty parties because it’s always in the context of politicians, and the public distrust politicians. Therefore the public distrusts anyone who sounds like one. Instead, highlight how the unprecedented agreement in science about human-caused climate change (avoid fancy-schmancy words like “anthropogenic” because of the anti-intellectual sentiment out there) cannot be undone by a few emails, papers, signatures, or papers.
Re: “It’s a natural cycle.” (Now the most common denier position. If you have any doubt about how serious the public debate issue is, remind yourself that Bjorn Lomborg’s “Cool It” is now in theatres.) GHG nature of CO2 is well-established physics for the last 100 years. If you want to demonstrate it’s wrong, it will take a revolution in the laws of physics, with thousands of peer-reviewed studies. Stolen emails, thousands of signatures from non-specialists, or a dissenting scientist or two can’t do that.
Re: “How can we predict the climate when we can’t even predict the weather a few days in advance?” At the beach, no one can predict exactly where the wave five minutes from now will break. But we can predict with great confidence the moment of the high tide 3 months from now. It’s about noise vs. trend, chaotic systems vs. the basic laws of physics.
Ask the rhetorical question “What would it take to convince you? What would you need to see?” If the answer is “No single statement from a scientist dismiss AGW,” then even if it’s true, you’ll never get such statement, because science always has some dissenters, even about the most established conclusions! That’s just the nature of science. So waiting around for unanimity is a lost hope. Pragmatically, got to go with “This is good enough to go on.”
All the major national academies of science in the world, as well as most all significant scientific professional organizations, have issued official statements saying essentially the same thing:
1) Climate change is real.
2) It’s largely caused by us now.
3) It’s going to be bad, not good.
4) We’d better do something about it fast.
In the couple instances when the executive committee issued a skeptical statement, the membership rebelled, until the executive committee changed it to be non-committal. There are really only three options for explaining that.
1) All those scientists, whose entire careers have been devoted to understanding the physical world, have got it so horribly wrong that they’re not even in the ballpark. [Question for you scientists–is there any example in modern science where there’s been this much evidence along so many lines, and turned out to be wrong? Highlight the rarity of that. -GC].
2) All those scientists are perpetrating a giant hoax to gain control and wealth, a hoax a hundred times larger in scale and complexity than any other in the history of the world.
3) The general conclusions of all those scientists (the weather is going to get more wacky, the seas will rise, and all sorts of systems– from growing seasons to insect cycles–will be disrupted) are about as certain as we can get about how anything will behave, including predicting the tides. #1 is unprecedented, and#2 is so unprecedented that it can’t be dismissed because of a few emails or scientists behaving poorly. Which leaves the third.
ALL science is inherently tentative and uncertain. Nothing can ever be proven for certain. We haven’t even proven the Law of Gravity yet– we’re still running experiments to test it (Gravity Probe B)! The best we can do is amass large amounts of consistent evidence from multiple directions and calculations, and say “This is good enough to go on.”
This isn’t a talking point, but perhaps it will serve as motivation to get more scientists out into the fray. I’ve long said that the American public will only be convinced of the urgency of the climate change threat when they see large amounts of climate researchers quit their jobs and move to New Zealand to homestead, preparing for the worst. The CCRT and the AGU 700 aren’t quite that, but they are a tremendous (and long overdue) development. But we need more.
What we really really need is a mirror of the denial machine that Prof. Oreskes so capably details: an established network of blogs, organizations, spokespeople, press-releasers, and media contacts so that when an issue pops up, the rapid-response team pounds out the most effective talking points, and then gets them out into the network, exploiting the exponential nature of address book pointing to address book, to spread a consistent message. The CCRT can be the source of the talking points, but the distribution network needs to be established beforehand. This is largely why the deniers are so much more influential than the scientists. It’s time to take a page from their playbook and come out fighting.
Public opinion has nothing to do with rationality or reality. Like it or not, it’s determined by emotion and perception. We need to stop thrashing against the tide, and instead start riding it. We are losing the great unengaged majority more and more each day. That is where the war will be one or lost.
You will have a greater impact if you spend your time convincing scientists to enter the fray, rather than trying to influence individuals of the public.
So let’s muster an army.

BruceC
February 27, 2014 7:16 am

Guess who else is involved in ‘Step it Up’?
From their Donations page; http://stepitup2007.org/article.php?id=714
Currently, Bill McKibben and the Step It Up team are putting together a new plan to take Step It Up style climate activism international.
Where do you make your donations to? 1Sky of course……the NEW 350.org!!!!!
http://www.1sky.org/

David Ball
February 27, 2014 7:23 am

On the Friends of Science facebook page, someone posted that my father (Dr. Tim Ball) was a “child abuser”. I kindly pointed out that I was one of Dr. Ball’s children, and that he had never abused my brother or myself. In fact, he was the best father anyone could hope for, and put a happy face. 🙂
I was raised in a home filled with science and wonder about our incredible world. The moderator removed the libellous statement, and I stated that I wished it to be left in the thread (they removed it). It shows clearly the mindset of those who want to silence us. It also shows clearly that they have zero defence. They know it, and we are coming like a juggernaut now.
They fling poop like primates. I say let them, and I thank Anthony and the mods for leaving Aanthanur DC’s post intact.

David Ball
February 27, 2014 7:30 am

Further to the Friends of Science facebook page; there are a number of alarmists that keep flooding the posts with all the usual spin (apparently they have all the time in the world to do this). The moderator is overwhelmed as I am sure he/she can not monitor full time. I post as much as I can, but it would be helpful if anyone has the time to keep an eye. If you are on facebook, “like” the Friends of Science page, as it is a good forum that tries to keep it civil and moderates similar to WUWT? moderation style. Give it a perusal !!

hunter
February 27, 2014 7:30 am

Social dysfunctions like AGW corrupt every area of thought and work.
ADL’s mission is being hijacked by a climate kook using her position to act out on her climate obsession.

kcom
February 27, 2014 7:31 am

I’ve been to that congregation. They’re definitely lefty oriented and so, without knowing her personally, it’s no surprise that she’s a master of hypocrisy. Others there are rabidly anti-Republican, anti-right, etc., etc. Very few people like that apply a principle even-handedly and condemn without fear or favor when it’s warranted. They wait for their own ox to be gored before noticing the offense and reacting, but still don’t acknowledge the previous offense. The press release is a shining example of that.

February 27, 2014 7:47 am

An impressive find. And I agreed with everything.
http://motls.blogspot.co.il/2014/02/gestapo-like-adl-raid-on-roy-spencer.html?m=1
(I chose a more appropriate national domain suffix.)
Unfortunately, not just the ADL but the bulk of universities, corporations, institutions, organizations, movements, NGOs, mainstream parties etc. are peppered with similar prickly “Roses” who are in a clear minority but thanks to their excessive activity, whose concentration has exceeded the critical mass needed to make the life of pretty much all skeptics harder.

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 7:52 am

Here she is Anthony.
Shelley Rose with her photo
http://www.linkedin.com/pub/shelley-rose/3a/305/70a

Congregations Caring for the Climate – Atlanta, GA
Bill Witherspoon, from Congregation Bet Haverim writes: This was taken Friday evening before Erev Shabbat Services. We had about three times this many for services eventually, but these were the ones who arrived in time for the photo. As part of our second week of the Omer to Honor the Earth, Shelley Rose (third from right, just right of our Torah scrolls) gave the d’var (sermon) on acting with awareness that we all breathe the same air, and Tovah Melaver (second from right) led a breathing meditation
http://www.flickr.com/photos/stepitup2007/464126698/

Tim Clark
February 27, 2014 8:24 am

{ We had about three times this many for services eventually, but these were the ones who arrived in time for the photo. }
Real popular group…..
36 people in Atlanta. Someone work out that percentage…

Hlaford
February 27, 2014 8:58 am

Shelly Rose is a feminist. Everything else stems from there.
Feminists are impervious to almost all substances, except maybe bricks of logic. And they operate mostly in substance-free environments, so naturally – “climate” is next.

C. L Bergen
February 27, 2014 9:02 am

There aren’t many true deniers of the entire scam, in the world.
Most people are Luke Warmers: they believe the whole spiel they just don’t see anything wrong with it.
A Luke Warmer is a Warmer who isn’t alarmed. He’s skeptical of the claim of alarm, but he believes almost the whole thing.
A denier says the first word to the last was faked computer model research and that not a single word of it will hold up to experimental check.

Paul Westhaver
February 27, 2014 9:08 am

Wow. So now what?
What do you do when a so-called anti- nazi jew puts on a eco-nazi uniform and starts goosestepping and pushing eco-fascism. And we’re not supposed to say anything.
This is a weird world full to the brim with BS!

February 27, 2014 9:17 am

Amazing breakdown and accurate historical references to climate change “denial” as it pertains to historical events. Crowd sourced information from all corners of the internet, quickly assembled in one accurate blog post on WUWT. This entire post and comment section should be referenced in the congressional record for valid content.
I am simply amaze at what the Watts Up With That community can put together at a moments notice. If only government worked so efficiently, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in.

David Ball
February 27, 2014 9:21 am

Am I being deleted outright? WTF? I was on topic, I was not harsh. What gives?
[no, but sometimes posting comments simply fails or comment gets sucked into spam filter based on words, phrases, links – chill, Anthony ]

February 27, 2014 9:22 am

While I feel Global Warming Nazis, gives these narcissistic wanna bees way more credibility than they have earned, Dr Spencer has scored a major hit.
The parasitic bullies are tripping over their tongues.
This dummie from ADL rushing out to protect her poor wee cause, has scored a own goal of major proportion.
Where have you been baby?
If this is what you do, monitor society for defamation, why have you blessed, by omission, the likes of Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, Congress critters, UN functionaries…??
So are the staff at the ADL incompetent? Or just Biased?
So sad about your funding, but why contribute to an organization so inept?
It is over.
Cause, the great cause was the creation of persons willing to lie, smear and steal for their faith.
Intolerant, Eco-Nasties, clad in their certainty, conviction and smugness.
Ain’t that as shame. shot down in flames..
The terror that is causing these vile outburst from the Cult of Calamitous Climate, is easily understood.
Having been absolutely intolerant in their zeal, having abused and alienated the public, they have no climb down plan, hop escape.
Too many slow to anger, but now seriously annoyed persons such as myself, now wait with that question.
Answer yes or no, Have you stopped beating your wife?
As with CAGW,being willing to ignore all empirical measurements and human history, are you a fool? Or are you a bandit?

February 27, 2014 9:28 am

An edit function would be nice.
I suppose its that I know what I mean blindness.

February 27, 2014 9:30 am

hillarious, the replays to my posts clearly show that there are no sceptics here, only deniers.
and how was my post hatefilled? i don’t hate deniers. they play no role outside the internet. maybe in the US. but where i am from, people accept scientific theories that are so well supported by the evidence.
real sceptics are not suposed to deny anything, they are suposed to question stuff, but also to adjust their opinion based on the evidencepresented. something the AGW deniers do not do.
Sceptics are those that are only convinced by evidence and try to not hold any beliefs without supporting evidence.
but on every single scientific topic, there is a small part of the popuation that is in denial about it, be it Evolution, Heliocentrism, HIV/Aids etc etc. and on the topic of climatolog, you guys are the small part pf the population in denial 🙂
but it doesn’t matter anymore. the debate is over. the world population convinced. the deniers lost. like it always is when people deny science. they loose.

Reply to  Aanthanur DC
February 27, 2014 1:23 pm

@Aanthanur DC – I guess that makes you the denier. You are the only one here denying science. Talking points are not science. Consensus is not science. You have defined yourself.

David Ball
February 27, 2014 9:55 am

Thank you. Just an unusual amount of time had passed. Not usually the case here. Cheers

JohnB
February 27, 2014 9:55 am

As I recall what I was told in the 60s and 70s, in the 1930s there was a worldwide depression/recession with an inflation rate that hit Germany especially hard as they were recovering from and hit hardest for their part in WWI. There was a lie being told that Jewish Banking, Jewish Industries and Jewish Businesses (nevermind WorldWide recessions/depressions occurred about every 20 years since “the World Got Small”). The NAZIs had the solution. Exterminate a relatively minor part of society.
So because the “Global Temperatures” have been rising for the past 50 years (similarly to the previous 50 years and largely since the Little Ice Age). The “Global Warming NAZIs” have the solution. Exterminate a relatively minor part of the climate system. (Oh yeah! A nod to Patrick…ban Chlorine while you’re at it.
Is that too simple of an analogy? Is anyone offended?

Albert
February 27, 2014 9:55 am

If you apply for a disability claim from an insurance company or, especially, the government, you have to PROVE you have been injured, REPEATEDLY. The insurance companies and government do not just “take your word for it” and never question you again. Israel SOLD the Holocaust for Political Leverage and Monetary Reparations, Israel itself opened the Holocaust up to questioning when they SOLD it. Israel FEARS the TRUTH about the holoCOST because the MONEY would dry up, or WORSE have to be RETURNED.
The WHOLE POINT of the 1st Amendment is to protect the RIGHT of People to QUESTION…

Colorado Wellington
February 27, 2014 9:59 am

M Courtney says:
February 26, 2014 at 4:18 pm

jauntycyclist says at February 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm
they only use the word denier because they cannot use the term ‘counter revolutionary’.

I highlight this because it is perceptive and spot on right.

Yet there is a selective judgement against those who are not “moving forward”. The Revolution must be defended for the greater good, don’t you know.

True. It should also be pointed out that “counter-revolutionary” sounds too clinical and doesn’t convey the required intensity of class hatred. That’s why competent, self-respecting Maoists call the enemies of the Revolution “imperialist running dogs”.
For expert usage see here:

http://www.icl-fi.org/english/wh/215/HongKong.html
International Communist League (Fourth Internationalist)

Tim Clark
February 27, 2014 10:02 am

” Aanthanur DC says:
February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am
like it always is when people deny science. they loose. ”
Well,
I think you might be the one with marbles a bit “loose”……

Jim Reekes
February 27, 2014 10:05 am

Here’s a great example of the ADL’s double standard.
Shelley Rose, the ADL’s Regional Director, is part of dozens of climate activist groups. One of the most prominent ones being the Sierra Club.
It took just a few seconds to find the Sierra Club using the term “denier” in the press release headline!
http://content.sierraclub.org/press-releases/2013/11/climate-denier-denied-sierra-club-statement-terry-mcauliffe%E2%80%99s-victory

JohnB
February 27, 2014 10:22 am

Really should be a Sticky Post until you get a Formal response from the Regional and/or National ADL

February 27, 2014 10:38 am

Aanthanur DC says “and how was my post hatefilled?”
Simple: you are a name-caller. The proof is right above, in your comment. Name-calling is what haters do.
You also say:
“Sceptics are those that are only convinced by evidence and try to not hold any beliefs without supporting evidence.”
You claim to be a skeptic. So here is a challenge for you: post any measurable, testable scientific evidence that you can, showing that human emissions are the cause of global warming.
It is typical of your crowd that they never answer questions or accept challenges. I think you are just another internet troll who fits that category. Prove me wrong — if you can.

February 27, 2014 10:40 am

“Tim Clark says:
February 27, 2014 at 10:02 am
” Aanthanur DC says:
February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am
like it always is when people deny science. they loose. ”
Well,
I think you might be the one with marbles a bit “loose”……”
I hate it – you beat me to it 🙂

Oscar Bajner
February 27, 2014 10:48 am

I regard myself as a heretic in the climate wars, so being called a denier is passe.
But if it helps, I steadfastly deny Judges 15:4 * and, for the record, I deny the Exodus too.
“The six million Jewish victims and millions of other victims of Hitler deserve better. Their deaths should not be used for political points or sloganeering…
I should think that particular bus left 70 years ago.
A Jew, a drunk, and another Mann walk into a bar.
The drunk asks the barman if they can run a tab, the barman politely says “No”.
The other Mann asks the the barman if they can run a a tab, the bar replies testily “No!”
The Jew then asks the barman, “Can we run a tab?”
The barman explodes, “who are you, some gang of ask-a-nazis?”
The Jew replies plaintively “No sir, I’m Sephardic.”

Richard D
February 27, 2014 11:03 am

According to the ADL it’s not ok to defame members of their group, but’s justified to defame those with whom they disagree. Wow.

Non Nomen
February 27, 2014 11:15 am

The activistas are on the run.
I suppose it was Gandhi who said:
“First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”
Some roses don’t smell well at all. They just spread foul odor.

hunter
February 27, 2014 11:18 am

Fortunately AantarthurDC is not merely a bigoted shallow coward, but he/it is wrong in the claim that skeptics of climate obsesion are winning. Australia, Canada, Germany, are all backing away from the faux science of climate catastrophe.
Even the UK is reassessing their commitment to the waste of AGW pushed ideas.
And every day more real scientsts step forward to point how climate catastrophism as embraced by Aa is wrong.
And of course mother nature, still, sublimiely continues to ignore the ever more shrill imprecations of climate kooks like AantarthurDC.
So all the troll has left is to call us ‘deniers’, which is just his code word for ‘ni**er’.
So spew on, you shallow trollish ignorant liar.

OssQss
February 27, 2014 11:19 am

Sooo, in the end things are quite clear.
She had a full historical knowledge of events.
She had a clear preconception as part of multiple extensive activist agenda’s.
The only thing missing is a law suit (perhaps a SuperGirl suit) and a tweeted appology.
I wonder if Super Mandia will let her borrow his waders for a photo op? LOL!

Mark Bofill
February 27, 2014 11:22 am

Aanthanur DC,
Your claim,

calling deniers deniers has nothing to do with comparing them to holocaust deniers.

is demonstrably false. The earliest reference I can easily find is this.
From Breaking down political, psychological barriers to global warming action as far back as Feb 2007:

I would like to say we’re at a point where global warming is impossible to deny. Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers, though one group denies the past and the other denies the present and future.

The term doesn’t phase me. I doubt it bothers very many of those who’ve been openly skeptical of AGW for long. At this point, when I think about it at all I take it as a merit badge. If I’m saying something people such as yourself would respond to with ‘denier’, I’m doing something right. 🙂
Your subsequent remark,

but it doesn’t matter anymore. the debate is over. the world population convinced.

clearly demonstrates that you are concerned with what a majority of people believe. This is called politics. Here at WUWT, we are interested in questions of scientific fact, which is not influenced in the least by majority opinion.
But thanks for stopping by. I enjoy the occasional chance to enlighten undergraduate political science majors.

hunter
February 27, 2014 11:28 am

@Barry Woods says:
February 27, 2014 at 7:08 am
You are jsut a nicer version of AntarthurDC. You dismiss the evidence that significant claims about a dire climate are wrong, You ignore the the recent IPCC report, you assume that the policy demands of the AGW community are viable, and still rely on consensus, not critical thinking.
Frankly your messianic/crusader pov is more harmful than cranks like the troll pestering this thread. You might actually take yourself seriously.

Richard D
February 27, 2014 11:31 am

Aanthanur DC says: February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am
but it doesn’t matter anymore. the debate is over. the world population convinced. the deniers lost. like it always is when people deny science. they loose.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
it’s really all you have – these appeals to consensus and authority, as you likely don’t understand the science and all of the data is against you. So you run around screaming and pointing denier, denier like a school kid…..or you rely on the consensus crutch like Adam Sandler’s Water Boy. Or Forest Gump. Momma Says!
I recommend remedial school for you. Here’s a start.
Dr. Patrick Moore, co-founder of Greenpeace
Statement of Patrick Moore, Ph.D. Before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight. February 25, 2014
“Natural Resource Adaptation: Protecting ecosystems and economies”
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/26/confessions-of-a-greenpeace-droput-to-the-u-s-senate-on-climate-change/#more-103850
An Open Letter to CNN’s Carol Costello on ‘Why are we still debating climate change?’
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/26/an-open-letter-to-cnns-carol-costello-on-why-are-we-still-debating-climate-change/

Vince Causey
February 27, 2014 11:43 am

dbstealey said:
“So here is a challenge for you: post any measurable, testable scientific evidence that you can, showing that human emissions are the cause of global warming.”
You must be joking db. You won’t get anything because he doesn’t know anything. In fact, I predict his response will be an appeal to authority, something along the lines “all reputable scientists agree. . . ”
How do I know? Because if he knew anything at all about the science, he would immediately have seen the irony in his comment.

February 27, 2014 11:52 am

I like the photograph of the activist group.
They really love nature. Look at the beautifull scenery behind them. Aah, nature! So lovely behind that double glass keeping the A/C relief from 90deg Georgia weather inside…

Non Nomen
February 27, 2014 11:55 am

Let’s show the world how many deniers sceptics are around: let’s all wear a badge in crisp yellow and black letters:
„Here comes a proud sceptic“.
I can hear the alarmistas howl like mad already…

Richard D
February 27, 2014 12:00 pm

So lovely behind that double glass keeping the A/C relief from 90deg Georgia weather inside…
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Great observation. Without power for heat, clothes and shelter, most of us would be moving to more temperate latitudes, or else die. Oops, I suppose the later is the point for some of these haters of people and all things human.

kwinterkorn
February 27, 2014 12:03 pm

The Nazi’s were ugly, hate-filled people with a bizarre, but politically saleable mix of left-wing (the “socialist” part) and right-wing (the “nationalist” part) ideology. But they were not really dangerous till they had control of the government, with its monopoly on violence. Then the great horrors began.
The Warmists are not Nazi’s, yet their danger to us could rival or surpass the Nazi’s if their most extreme elements were to control a majority of the world’s largest governments.
The Warmists anti-economic policies, their “humans are a virus preying on the Earth’s ecosystem” ideologies have already lead to death by starvation for many (the conversion of corn to biofuel making food scarce in the weakest parts of the world) according to some analyses. Taken to the extreme that some Warmists would take us to, much of the world’s human population would have no freedom, no food, and no hope of any life other than the Hobbesian life—-nasty, brutish, and short.
Inflammatory arguments rarely win arguments, however, and the argument that there is a relevant comparison of Warmists to Nazis, even though true, probably should be kept among friends.

TRM
February 27, 2014 12:07 pm

Wow. Just went to the ADL site and left my comments. The only pro-GAGW comment so far is by “CB” a well known troll. All the other comments are politely but bluntly chastising the ADL for being so ignorant and hypocritical.

Rastech
February 27, 2014 12:11 pm

[snip – I just don’t think this needs to be said here in quite that way, which will likely be misinterpreted. I suggest a rephrase. – Anthony]

Mark Bofill
February 27, 2014 12:13 pm

You know, this incident really isn’t anything new. Back in 2007, same ol’ same ol.
http://www.creators.com/opinion/dennis-prager/on-comparing-global-warming-denial-to-holocaust-denial.html

Rastech
February 27, 2014 12:31 pm

Ok Anthony, how about Spike Milligan playing one (a Traffic Warden one), and being dealt with by Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr?

Mark Bofill
February 27, 2014 12:54 pm

Aanthanur,
You know, you got me thinking about it now. Denier? I’m not just a denier, I’m a dirty-no-good-gosh-darn denier. The sort your liberal arts college professor might have warned you about. Know why?
I’m an engineer.
See, it’s not that I know more about climate science (or science in general) than the climate scientists, I don’t. It’s not that my maths are better than theirs, they aren’t. It’s not that I’m smarter than those guys, or more dedicated, or more virtuous. I’m not.
The thing is, the buck stops with me and thousands of guys just like me. We’re the poor shmoes who have to put those be-a-utiful abstract scientific findings to use in practical applications. We have to apply the theories to get actual, concrete results. And it’s our necks when we’re wrong.
Want an elevator? Hey, no problem, we can do that. The theories say F=MA and A due to gravity is 9.8 M/s^2, and that the mechanical advantage I can get out of pulleys depends on the number of loops, and that if I compute the standard deviation of a sufficient number of observations I can predict the behavior of my system to whatever confidence is required for my application, and dozens apon dozens of others. And Behold! When I implement a design depending on the theories properly, the darn thing works! Would you look at that, the darn thing works! Still amazes me every time.
But along comes climate science. And these scientists tell me we’re going to see .2C warming per decade for the next couple of decades, and we’d see .1C warming even if all forcings were held at year 2000 constants. And … that’s not what we see.
Uh-oh.
As an engineer I can’t accept that. What I call ‘science’ has as one of it’s primary characteristic that it works; it describes things or processes in reality. I can depend on it for consistent, predictable results. Further, I depend on it to tell me when I’m in dangerous waters, to let me know when it’s impossible to be sure of getting consistent predictable results. It doesn’t matter how politically expedient it might seem to some to accept a consensus statement as science, as an engineer I don’t have that luxury, because I depend on science to help me actually make things work. Because it’s my butt if things don’t work.
Anyway, thanks for giving me the opportunity to expound on this. 🙂

Frank
February 27, 2014 1:04 pm

By now, it’s irrelevant what the ADL says.

February 27, 2014 1:17 pm

On Comparing Global Warming Denial to Holocaust Denial
Dennis Prager, 2007

In her last column, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman wrote: “Let’s just say that global warming deniers are now on a par with Holocaust deniers . . . ”
… If questioning global warming is on “a par” with questioning the Holocaust, how bad can questioning the Holocaust really be? The same holds true with regard to Nazism and the George Soros statement. Claiming that America in the Iraq War is morally equivalent to Nazi Germany in World War II trivializes the unparalleled evil of the Nazis. …

Much more. It is worth a read if not a bookmark.

February 27, 2014 1:32 pm

It appears that Aanthanur DC has tucked tail and run. Well, good riddance. He wouldn’t answer questions anyway.
Also, it looks like this story is getting traction. Good.

clipe
February 27, 2014 1:34 pm

Chicken Soup Nazis works for me. Thanks Jerry!

Riki
February 27, 2014 2:13 pm

Folks,
Just a few points:
Ms. Rose works for a regional ADL office. Regional offices are not actively managed by the national office. The national didn’t know about this press release before it was issued. If they had they would have quashed it. Rose used the ADL’s resources to promote her own outside political interests – bad judgment at the least and she should be fired for it.
The ADL has no position on the climate debate, nor should it – it is outside the organization’s mission. However, the ADL should long since have publically condemned the use of the term “denier” in this context. Not doing so was hypocritical and motivated purely by an instinct for self-preservation. After all, most ADL supporters are liberals and big supporters of the current administration’s climate policies. Now the ADL has no choice but to address it (in some fashion). Should be an interesting high wire act.
I will be calling my regional office and the national tomorrow, and I will cancel my membership if they don’t do the right thing (retracting their criticism of Roy Spencer and/or condemning ALL the Holocaust language being used in this debate, and ALL of the people, including our President who continue to use it.
I have noticed with disappointment (but not surprise) that SOME of you are using this matter to make anti-Jewish and anti-Israel remarks.
Well, we Jews do take care of our own, and we never back down from a good fight. So, say it to my face and I’ll be happy to meet you outside and re-arrange your attitude. Otherwise, keep it to yourself.

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 2:17 pm

The ADL have just closed their comments thread. And there I was answering back to someone who said.

How likely do you think it is that polar ice caps will be able to withstand levels of CO₂ as high as they are today if you understand that they have never done this before in Earth’s history?
http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/#comment-1263567273

I REPLIED

YOU A WRONG
“Abstract
Thomas J. Crowley et al
Late Ordovician glaciation under high atmospheric CO2: A coupled model analysis”.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/1999PA900021/abstract
I have more peer reviewed references if you want but what about a blog post from the ultra Warmists at SkS?
“At this time, CO2 levels were very high, around 5600 parts per million (in contrast, current CO2 levels are 389 parts per million). However, glaciers were so far-reaching during the late Ordovician,”
http://www.skepticalscience.com/CO2-was-higher-in-late-Ordovician.htm

http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/

Jimbo
February 27, 2014 2:22 pm

Aanthanur DC says:
February 27, 2014 at 9:30 am
hillarious, the replays to my posts clearly show that there are no sceptics here, only deniers….

You did not respond to my challenge. Try again.
http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/02/26/bizzare-anti-defamation-league-apparently-gives-a-green-light-to-defamation-of-climate-skeptics-by-comparing-them-to-holocaust-deniers/#comment-1577913

Jim Bo
February 27, 2014 2:39 pm

Hopefully someone has the wherewithal to archive the comments at the ADL website. Comments have been closed and posts have been disappeared for reasons unknown. I’m not confident of the shelf life for the remainder.

Editor
February 27, 2014 2:49 pm

Oh bummer, they deleted my comments, both highly rated (largely by virtue of being early comments).
It looks like they’re going through the whole list deleting (slowly) as they go. Or maybe they’ve headed home for the day….
I might have a copy in a WWW window at home.

Susie
February 27, 2014 2:49 pm

I just went over to ADL to make a comment but it appears this is no longer an option. I bet they’ve never had that many comments on a post before

stan stendera
February 27, 2014 2:52 pm

I called the number for the ADL here in Atlanta today and got an intelligent and courteous young man. In talking with him it became apparent that the ADL folks had no clue about the ongoing controversy about alarmist using Deniers against skeptics. He promised to follow up. We shall see.

Editor
February 27, 2014 2:59 pm

Riki says:
February 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Ms. Rose works for a regional ADL office. Regional offices are not actively managed by the national office. The national didn’t know about this press release before it was issued. If they had they would have quashed it. Rose used the ADL’s resources to promote her own outside political interests – bad judgment at the least and she should be fired for it.

That’s pretty much what I assumed, though I noted Ms. Rose was stating the ADL position in her press release, not the “Atlanta (or southeast) chapter of the ADL”. I figured if national hadn’t heard about it, who was I to try to stop a train wreck from being a really big train wreck before they took notice.
At least the history will live on here, WUWT never forgets.

Jack C
February 27, 2014 3:00 pm

Riki
Thank you for posting and I welcome that you will cancel your membership if the issue is not addressed. Good luck.

February 27, 2014 3:05 pm

The counter-facts and arguments are gaining traction and so the Warmists like ADL are increasingly resorting to Argumentum ad Hominem to cover up their shame and embarrassment.

Richard D
February 27, 2014 3:06 pm

Riki says: February 27, 2014 at 2:13 pm
+++++++++++++++++++++++
Thanks Riki, well said.

MattS
February 27, 2014 3:10 pm

What I find very interesting is that the only remaining comments that are not actively condemning the release are at the bottom of a whole thread of deleted comments.

Reply to  MattS
February 28, 2014 7:24 am

@MattS et. al. – What I find surprising is when I commented initially, there were about 80 comments. Now there are only 50 (mine apparently survived the cut). There are some “Comment was deleted”, but no where near enough to account for the missing 30+

Walter Allensworth
February 27, 2014 3:17 pm

I just looked at the comments on the ADL site (at http://atlanta.adl.org/news/adl-condemns-spencers-nazi-analogy/), and many, if not most comments, are venomously scathing of the published ADL position of this issue.
So kudos to them for not ‘censoring’ the blowback on this issue.
Of course, shame on them for not being on top of this ‘Denier’ name calling earlier.
And shame on them for not jumping in and cleaning up this mess quickly.
I’ll be checking back every couple of days to see if they print a “mea culpa” over this apparent
politically biased hypocrisy.

Jim Bo