Skip to comments.The war on scientists in America
Posted on 08/05/2008 7:48:28 AM PDT by SmithL
Imagine if a group of rabid creationists started fire-bombing the homes of University of California professors to prevent them from teaching evolution. Area politicians would be holding competing press conferences to assure the public that they would take on the violent zealots, who have declared war, not only on good academics and their families, but on science itself.
No need to imagine. Across California, a different group of zealots has done just that. True believers have distributed personal information on scientists and their families. They've placed firebombs in medical researchers' homes and cars. They've donned hoods on their heads and marched to the homes of professors, then banged on their doors. They've told children that their parents are evil murderers and chalked anonymous charges on sidewalks for the neighbors to see.
The difference is these zealots aren't fighting for religious fundamentalism. Extremist animal rights groups have organized anonymously to intimidate and terrorize medical researchers until they abandon their studies out of fear for their children's safety and their own peace of mind.
They perfected the art of intimidation in the United Kingdom. First, extremists vandalized research labs. Then, they targeted companies that did business with researchers. In 2004, activists finally went too far when they dug up the remains of the mother-in-law of a guinea-pig breeder.
Now animal rights extremists are targeting University of California researchers. First, they placed bombs that did not go off. When that didn't shut down labs, they ratcheted up the violence. Wanted posters warned UC Santa Cruz researchers: "Animal abusers everywhere beware; we know where you live; we know where you work; we will never back down until you end your abuse."
Early Saturday morning, a firebomb destroyed a car belonging to a UCSC scientist. Shortly afterward, a firebomb erupted in the nearby townhouse...
(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...
Great start to a story that has nothing to do with creationists.
Leftist have always been the ones of violence and hatred.
Of course the chief of police for Los Angeles says “we cannot arrest our way out of this” for just about everything.
Indeed, the creationists would probably pray for those to whom they are opposed, vs. firebombing them.
Animal rights activists love animals and hate people.
Although I understand the point the author is making, you are correct. There had to have been a better way to start this article.
They should just let it all hang out “creationists”, “pro-lifers”, “don’t support homosexuality”, “don’t support transvestites”... might just as well cover all the bases if they’re going to demonize the religious.
Given that this article was published in the San Francisco Chronicle I liked that the author came up with a hypothetical that would offend the morals of the average reader of said publication and then essentially challenging them to be consistent in the application of their morality.
“Imagine” That’s when I stopped reading. This usually means that the rest of the story is going to be filled with no facts and emotional appeal.
THEN if that were so the media would have spun the story to be propaganda.. You know like they do with most stories.. Almost all profs. at UoC are fire breathing Marxists..
Suit yourself, but you’re missing a good read, complete with facts.
Isn't that more to the point of what actually happened? The (Chronicle) liberals are brain damaged.
OR - “Imagine if a group of *Harvard Law Professors* started fire-bombing the homes of University of California professors...”
Sounds like a “unabomber” redux.
Imagine if a group of *Harvard Law Scholars* started fire-bombing the homes of University of California professors...
“Leftist have always been the ones of violence and hatred.”
I blame left wing radio...er..uh...
but it does illustrate that godless liberals have a much larger problem on their hands threatening science, from global warming loons to domestic terrorists.
Also, the imagined threats from ‘individual creationists’ and ‘radical Christians’ can be used to justify counter attacks, in the legal and mob action sense against innocent groups.
I don’t think so. The Unabomber was a lone actor. These eco-terrorists are more like a cult. They are as secretive as the Unabomber, but their numbers make them far more dangerous.
I love animals too! I'm just sayin'...
The libs have to fess up that the animal rights movement is an out of control child they keep hidden in the closet, like the Jihadists are to the mainstream Muslims. The shock troops break down the walls. The moderates walk in over the rubble.
Give some of these dirtbags a sentence of life without possibility of parole in a supermax federal prison instead of a 5-to-15-out-in-three-with-good-behavior bid at a state prison with college courses and cable TV.
Then you'll see some changes.
Jerry Vlasak can be gotten to as well. He should learn that lesson.
Since the far left (they always fanatical evolutionists) hate the Bible with such passion, they constantly look for excuses to take dishonest shots at creationists.
This silly, intentional, drive-by, quicksmear is typical of the left, but the poor leftist Bible-hater could not resist this projection anymore than she could live without breathing.
Her liberal credentials polished, deniablity of intent in place, she could then get on with the story.
That is all you need to know about the Left. You are endangering your own existence by opposing their will.
Different players, same philosophy and tactics.
Actually I do see the connection. Creationists are, for the most part, anti-science.
I think most creationists would support 100% of the findings of mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, etc., as supported by laboratory confirmation and scientific method. It is in statements concerning primeval history that creationism encounters difficulty.
You probably thought my #7 was sarcasm ... ;-)
I would call them cultists.
My definition of a “radical or extreme Christian” is one who literally takes up the cross...for instance, gives away everything they own, quits their job, etc.
Not an abortion clinic bomber, like these loons.
I'm in insurance.
Well, everyone knows that creationists are so deranged and irrational that they're capable of absolutely anything. They're not just stupid, ignorant, and psychologically screwy: they maliciously refuse to accept Science and Scientists for what they really are, out of some deeply pernicious motive that we've not yet fully analyzed ...Wow!
Actually I do see the connection. Creationists are, for the most part, anti-science.Science is just a methodology.
Several do, but I am not one of them. I was just channelling :-).
Rather obvious that they were trying to paint religious people with the same brush as actual dangerous violent people who are ACTUALLY opposed to science, instead of just being accused of it.
Like, when you don’t want your kids indoctrinated in the Secular Humanist atheist religion in schools,
you therefore, obviously, want a “theocracy”.
I know Tax-Chick - this was some very humorous satire from her...
I know Tax-Chick - this was some very humorous satire from her...I fire on all unmarked satire.
I am not offended, Fichori. It was funny, however, when a poster turned up expressing roughly the same sentiments, apparently seriously. (I think, could have him mixed up with somebody else.)
Oh, yes, that’s me, theocracy! (/s) I’d be a Ron Paul libertarian, except that experience has shown that doesn’t work out the way folks wish it would.
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