20 May 2010

This is an Absolute Classic

So-called liberals really can be funny, though usually through no fault of their own, as they rarely possess an actual sense of humour.

This is amply illustrated by an article in the Post-Dispatch today about a Washington University Physics professor who was removed from an "elite" team of scientists working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


See if you can guess; it was due to one of the following reasons:
  1. he fudged empirical data relevant to his scientific field;

  2. he owed hundreds of dollars of back taxes to the IRS;

  3. he had a conflict of interest because he was on the pay of powerful oil company lobbyists; OR,

  4. he disapproved of homosexuality.

If you answered "4", then you are right on the money. The other answers are reasons the current administration HIRES you, not fires you.

Really, the world we live in is something else. Liberals do not think the Church should be able to discharge someone who publicly dissents from a core Catholic teaching from a position where adherence to these teachings is an essential part of the job. But if one disagrees with the politically correct opinion on a tangential matter that has nothing to do with one's field, the job one holds or his qualifications to perform it, liberals do think he can be discharged.

If liberals believed the Pope could clean up the oil spill by miraculous prayers, they wouldn't let him-- because of his homophobia.

If you like, check out the full article in STLToday:

Anti-gay view costs WU prof job on oil spill
By Tim Barker

Just a week after being asked to join an elite team of scientists working on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a controversial Washington University professor has been dismissed from the group.

Physics professor Jonathan Katz's tenure on the team was cut short after Obama administration officials — under pressure from gay rights groups — decided his polarizing opinions and writings could get in the way. Katz has not been shy about expressing his thoughts about a range of topics, including a defense of homophobia.

His writings — which have appeared on his university website — apparently escaped the attention of administration officials charged with putting together the team that also included scientists from Lawrence Berkeley Labs and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On Wednesday, a spokeswoman for Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu confirmed Katz had been removed.

"Dr. Chu has spoken with dozens of scientists and engineers as part of his work to help find solutions to stop the oil spill," the spokeswoman said in a written statement. "Some of Professor Katz's controversial writings have become a distraction from the critical work of addressing the oil spill. Professor Katz will no longer be involved in the Department's efforts."

BUT WAIT-- there are even more horrors hinted at in the article:

Some of the criticism has centered on Katz's views questioning whether global warming is really a threat and challenging the value of the diversity movement.


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