Tuesday, March 20, 2007

"May the Truth Win!"

Sissy Willis has kindly brought to our attention the following invitation:

Climate Change Challenge

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley presents his compliments to Vice-President Albert Gore and by these presents challenges the said former Vice-President to a head-to-head, internationally-televised debate upon the question “That our effect on climate is not dangerous”, to be held in the Library of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History at a date of the Vice-President’s choosing.

Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the Vice-President, it shall be the Vice-President’s prerogative and right to choose his weapons by specifying the form of the Great Debate. May the Truth win! Magna est veritas, et praevalet.

Given at Carie, Rannoch, in the County of Perth, in the Kingdom of Scotland, this 14th Day of March in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand And Seven.

God Bless America!     God Save The Queen!

The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Carie, Rannoch, PH17 2QJ, Scotland
011 44 1882 632341

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The article in Breitbart says that Monckton was a former policy adviser to Margaret Thatcher while she was Prime Minister. It quotes the Viscount:
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“A careful study of the substantial corpus of peer-reviewed science reveals that Mr. Gore’s film,An Inconvenient Truth, is a foofaraw of pseudo-science, exaggerations, and errors, now being peddled to innocent schoolchildren worldwide.”

Unfortunately, it’s being peddled by to these children by equally ignorant adults, led by an almost-president who himself came close to failing Earth Sciences in college.

Will Gore rise to the challenge? Or will he weenie out, just as he did for the proposed debate with Bjorn Lomborg when Gore visited Denmark in February?

Monckton’s mocking may be enough to drive Gore to address the issues, but he’s been breathing Hollywood’s fumes so long, it’s hard to predict what he’ll do with this dare for a face-to-face debate:

Monckton calls on the former Vice President to “step up to the plate and defend his advocacy of policies that could do grave harm to the welfare of the world’s poor. If Mr. Gore really believes global warming is the defining issue of our time, the greatest threat human civilization has ever faced, then he should welcome the opportunity to raise the profile of the issue before a worldwide audience of billions by defining and defending his claims against a serious, science-based challenge.”

For those of you who remember your Philosophy of Science classes, the proposed debate will echo the most famous of them all. It is a stroke of good fortune that Lord Monckton has the standing to command such a venue:

The arena of the glittering “Second Great Debate” will be the elegant, Victorian-Gothic Library of the Oxford Museum of Natural History, which was the setting for the “Great Debate” between the natural scientist T. H. Huxley and Bishop…Wilberforce on the theory of evolution, following the publication of Darwin’s Origin of Species.

Lord Monckton says he chose this historic venue “not only because the magnificent, Gothic architecture will be a visually-stunning setting for the debate but also because I hope that in this lofty atmosphere the caution and scepticism of true science will once again prevail, this time over the shibboleths and nostrums of the false, new religion of climate alarmism.”

The Greenies definitely have created a new religion of Global Freezing Warming. And the further you follow it down the dark trail, the more you begin to trip over its fundamentalist roots, its snake-handlers and hucksters and fire-breathing preachers predicting hell on earth for those who refuse to believe.

Monckton’s views, as they appear in this clip from a Wikipedia entry, are looked upon somewhat skeptically. No surprise there. However, he aims a good shot across the bow of two US senators:

Monckton has been in the news in recent months due to his skepticism of global warming. In November 2006, he published in the The Daily Telegraph a widely publicized article critical of the prevailing climate change opinions. After U.S. Senators Rockefeller and Snowe wrote a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of ExxonMobil asking him to stop funding scientists who reject global warming, Lord Monckton wrote a letter to the senators reminding them of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and calling on them to reverse their position or resign.

Did you know that in his youth, Gore considered the possibility of a calling to Christian ministry? But he had been groomed by Père Gore for politics and presidential ambitions. The idea of ‘vocation’ is one that has been largely neglected in the modern world. Now we choose what we will do with our lives - or (as has always been the case) ambitious parents choose for us.

Gore is a sad example of what happens when we ignore a calling, that quiet voice within that beckons us to the potential of our best selves. Instead of listening to his heart, former vice-president Gore listened to Daddy. He carried “honor thy father” to a sad extreme.

Let us hope he finds the courage to stand in that historic place to which Viscount Monckton has summoned him. Win or lose, this is an appointment of karmic proportions.


Exile said...

Forasmuch as it is His Lordship who now flings down the gauntlet to the Vice-President..

I reckon the gauntlet will lie there for a long, long time.

Dymphna said...

Mr. Perry,

I must respectfully disagree. In being obedient to his father and ignoring the small, still voice withi(if, indeed, that is what he did. It is only a factoid that registered in my brain from some essay a few years ago), Gore distorted himself.

He might have made a fine minister, and if he were being true to his calling, his integrity would not only have remained intact, it would have blossomed.

It's a rare person who has a real calling to public service, and those that do -- and are brave enough to answer -- become the better for it. Daniel Patrick Moynihan comes to mind...

...I'm sure we could think of others, many others.

I make fun of Gore, but mainly I feel sorry for him. And for those people who might have truly responded to his ministry.

Zerosumgame said...

Way OT:

When I was checking out Alexa stats on another blogsite, I noticed that they now give breakdown of visitors by country.

Here is GoV's:

United States 39.3%
Canada 29.0%
United Kingdom 12.1%
Denmark 8.4%
Switzerland 5.6%

That Danes make up such a large percentage (especially for such a small country) did not surprise me.
What surprised me was so many Canadians, and the relatively small percentage of Americans. The large number of Swiss also surprised me -- Baron & Dymphna, maybe you should have more posts about Switzerland!

And where are the Swedes (other than LN?).

And 12% from Britain? Wow, that Archonix sure makes a lot of visits!


Vin said...

If Steorn is real, and i think it is, i wonder what all these Greens are going to do next.

X said...

And 12% from Britain? Wow, that Archonix sure makes a lot of visits!

I sit and constantly refresh every post looking for more of your comments so I can send myself in to apoplectic rage. ;)

Wally Ballou said...

Al Gore was corrupted by his father. Gore Sr was bought and paid for by the notorious Armand Hammer, "Stalin's capitalist" and a known Soviet agent. Gore Jr has profited all his life from this association, and continues to do so today. I wonder if in his fat little heart he realizes this, and this is behind his desire to be something more than a politician. he wants to "save the earth" and change the weather. Modest goals. Thank God he was not elected.

Morgenholz said...

Mr. Gore is answering that calling now, albeit Christianity has given way to pure, distilled balderdash. Is there any doubt that Climate Change is a religion? That Gore is its high priest?

MikeZ said...

"exile" is right. Gore will not debate anyone on that topic, ever. (One might say he's still reeling from the last debate.)

Someone casually wondered which is the predominant religion in Hollywood: Scientology or Global Warming (Mallard editorial cartoon). Gore is certainly a Bishop of the Church of Global Warming.

Dymphna said...

Mike Z--

Scientology will win *that* denominational battle. For one, the build-up of disbelief in the tenents of GW will reach critical mass in the not-too-distant future and Gore will be just another Paul Erlich (sp?). PL's page on PBS has been taken down at long last.

As for Scientology, they don't let you go. I had a friend from NY who lived in England a number of years and somehow got hooked up with that group. They don't let go...like Jamaat ul Fuqra, she turned all her money over to them and lived in council housing, eating poorly.

When she came back to this country they haunted her, stalked het, etc. It took a long time to get free.

If Islam wasn't upping the ante all the time, Scientology would be a real concern. Aggressive and without principles...unless, of course, you're rich and famous.

No PC said...

For the Greens, Global warming is "A Calling". So he now has the minstry of the "Globe", and the oxygen of publicity, rather than the stale CO2 of being a failed politician. Who knows, another late tilt at the White house anyone?

Incidentally the anti 'human CO2 as the main, or sole cause of Global Warming' bandwagon is slowly gaining some credence.

I never usually self advertise my own blog (it being a quiet place of solitude, with only the occasional caller LOL), but if anyone wants to see the counter argument for Solar variance as the main global warming driver, you can do so in a specific blog I have put together on the subject.