This is a less well known Monty Python Spanish Inquisition sketch.
There is of course a much more famous sketch which has previously been linked to climate change
Whilst the actions of the alarmists in the media and political worlds draw obvious comical comparisons, the express bullying and intimidation used to silence anyone questioning the political climate dogma are quite sinister and foreboding.
The following is a random googled quote on the inquisition but adequately frames the rest of this post
The underlying assumption of the Inquisition was that, like lost sheep, heretics had simply strayed. If, however, an inquisitor determined that a particular sheep had purposely departed out of hostility to the flock, there was nothing more that could be done. Unrepentant or obstinate heretics were excommunicated and given over to the secular authorities.
Earlier this year Pattern Recognition in Physics was pulled not for it’s science but as a staggeringly overt example of what happens to dissenting views that stray far from the flock [emphasis added to the following quotes]
By this decision, we were suddenly thrown back in the evolution of humanism and culture to the stage of inquisition and books burning. Still, the notion that we, from a planetary-solar-terrestrial interaction point of view, are on our way down into a grand solar minimum is vital in order to understand our near future: cooling, moderate warming, or accelerated warming as claimed by the IPCC, despite no temperature rise in the last 15 years.
To debate is a vital part of science. To forbid and even close down a journal because of an inevitable conclusion which “sheds serious doubts on the issue of a continued, even accelerated, warming as claimed by the IPCC” is most unscientific and unethical. Copernicus has disgraced itself in this desperate act of trying to cover up for IPCC.
I had not expecting such an enormous world-wide pressure put at me from a community that I have been close to all my active life. Colleagues are withdrawing their support, other colleagues are withdrawing from joint authorship etc. I see no limit and end to what will happen. It is a situation that reminds me about the time of McCarthy. I would never have expecting anything similar in such an original peaceful community as meteorology. Apparently it has been transformed in recent years.
Lennart Bengtsson, ‘former director of the Max Planck Institute in Germany and a widely regarded meteorologist’
For experts in the climate issue, there is enormous social and peer pressure on what is acceptable to say and who it is acceptable to associate with. My recent experiences are quite similar to Bengtsson’s:
[LINK] Unfortunately, “climate mccarthyism” is not so far off It has been practiced for a while [LINK] The main problem here is not that people have strong views or call people names. It is the elite did in this community – including scientists, journalists, politicians – have endorsed the climate mccarthyism campaign, and are Often its most vigorous Participants.
Roger Pielke Jr, professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado
The message is clear. Speak up and question the official dogma and face excommunication, exclusion
I used to be very popular but most of the green people won’t even speak to me any more. When I was sacked from the Wildlife Trusts because of my views they didn’t tell me, I read about it in the paper.
David Bellamy, botanist and environmental campaigner.
If some fanatics had their way questioning is reason enough for the incarceration and even execution of opponents.
“We do not believe any group of men adequate enough or wise enough to operate without scrutiny or without criticism. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it, that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. We know that in secrecy error undetected will flourish and subvert”. – J Robert Oppenheimer.