Ellen Goodman goes too far

From Al Gore’s claims that scientists are being “paid by the Bush administration” to deny a human cause to global warming, to the all-too typical charge that any scientist who comes up with contrary evidence is being “paid off by the oil industry,” science has never been more politicized than it has been lately.

However, Boston Globe columnist Ellen Goodman stepped way over the “decency and good taste” line this week when she compared global warming skeptics to Holocaust deniers.

I realize that in the ivory tower, free-wheeling world of liberal media elites, no parallel is off limits as long as it serves to further the liberal agenda. But this comparison is a step too far.

Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League should look into this and issue a scolding, at least, if not demand an outright apology. Here’s the direct quote:

“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

That’s hate-speech if ever I’ve read it, and completely insensitive to Holocaust survivors. And yet there are those, like Goodman, who say that the hate speech is coming from global warming skeptics? I think Ellen Goodman should give up writing and sell kids furniture or something, if this is the level to which her demonization of folks who don’t see things her way has sunk.

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