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Climate censorship

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 Contents - Mar 2010AD2000 March 2010 - Buy a copy now
Annunciation: Benedict XVI: Mary's acceptance of the Divine Word
Secularism: Benedict to UK bishops: resist secularist threat - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Netherlands: Remnants of faith in Europe's most secularised nation - Marina Corradi
Year for the Priest: English-speaking clergy: first ever international conference - Fr Glen Tattersall
Courage: A Catholic psychologist exposes 'gay' myths - Marie Mason
Culture of Life: Cardinal Pell receives pro-life von Galen Award - Babette Francis
Archbishop Saldanha reports from Pakistan - Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha
Foundations of Faith: What the Second Vatican Council really said - John Young
Conversion: Paul Fitzgerald: my spiritual journey - Paul Fitzgerald
Youth: Summer School of Evangelisation: helping young people's faith - Johanna Banks
Events: AD2000 - Passover Meal - 30 March 2010
Letters: Climate censorship - Michael Griffiths
Letters: Genuine ecumenism - Rev Fr M. Durham
Letters: Evil laws - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Common sense - Maureen Federico
Letters: Faith alone - Frank Mobbs (Dr)
Letters: Women priests - Robert Prinzen-Wood
Letters: Seminarian's prayer - J. Loring
Holy Week: Holy Week 2010: Extraordinary Form of the Roman Liturgy (1962 Missal)
Books: Adrienne von Speyr: THE BOUNDLESS GOD and CONFESSION - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: THE GOD WHO LOVES YOU, by Peter Kreeft - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: LORETO IN AUSTRALIA, by Mary Ryllis Clark - Katharine Munro (reviewer)
Gaudeamus igitur: University graduation: a young Catholic's Valedictory Address - Michael Gleeson
Books: Order books from www.freedompublishing.com.au
Reflection: Mary in medieval art: an expression of the Church's faith - Bishop Arthur Serratelli

One alarming aspect of the climate change debate has been the suppression of dissent. Indeed Bill Kininmonth (February AD2000) was himself a victim of this insidious form of censorship after his opinions on certain aspects of climate change, which he had contributed to the ABC's radio program AM, were subsequently excluded from the transcript of that program.

Last year I attended, at a local university, talks under the ominous heading, 'The politics and science of climate-change denialism'. The chairman had his audience quaking in its collective boots when he warned that the vast majority of scientists accept the alarmist view of climate change.

I was immediately reminded that in the past the same argument might have been used, unsuccessfully, in support of the flat earth theory.

A little later one of the featured speakers, when asked about a certain well known 'denialist' scientist, was almost apoplectic in insisting that this person should not be permitted to express his views in public, nor in scientific journals.

On leaving the theatre I felt that those involved had earned little honour.

MICHAEL GRIFFITHS
Glenroy, Vic

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 2 (March 2010), p. 15

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