LETTERS by William L. JamesNews Weekly
, June 11, 2011
All that glisters is not truth
If Ms Cate Blanchett, Mr Michael Caton and their team give their opinion publicly and collectively on a politically desired outcome that is dubious scientifically and more political than popular, they can expect salvoes and challenges to their claims.
They have been led by so-called conservationist and green groups from the unreality of the stage to the heat of the kitchen and can expect some of the ferocity of the controversy.
Has the team studied the issue deeply or have they been given the pap of patriotism, namely to preserve our country from the disasters that global warming prophets forecast? Have they been told that recent natural disasters are the proofs and harbingers of catastrophic man-made global warming without reference to long-term meteorological records?
Has anyone shown them that much of the science accepted by the IPCC is based on computer modelling with concomitant faults and reliance on data some of which was unreliable, notably that from NGOs?
How many of the team know of the East Anglia clique and Climategate or of the many adjustments to graphs and data made by so-called pioneer international “climate scientists” to better fit their theory? Do they know of the numerous criticisms of this group that wants no challenge to its findings?
Does the team realise that the hypothesis of man-made global warming is not 100 per cent proven and that, while many scientists accept the theory, there are many who do not. A head-count of scientists who agree and who don’t is immaterial, as consensus about a scientific theory is no proof.
No doubt some of us will be awed by this collection of Australian celebrities and the glow of their status may temporarily blind logical thought. Every member of that advertising campaign should know that there are strong scientific, economic and political arguments against their stance and that having entered the lists their glittering armour may be dented.
Women in combat
Bill Muehlenberg’s article, “Dispatching women into frontline combat” (News Weekly, May 14, 2011), raised questions for me about how a male member of any of our police forces copes when he is dispatched along with a female officer to deal with violence in our communities.
No matter how well trained they may be, most police women lack the muscle power of men. This would surely put their male colleagues at a disadvantage dealing with violent thugs.
And what of the wives of policemen? Would they not worry about their husbands confronting violence with “one hand behind their back” most days of their working week?
Has any feminist ever expressed concerns for the rights of these women not to have that constant worry?
More praise for Babette Francis and Bill Muehlenberg
Further to Don Ford’s letter (News Weekly, May 28, 2011), I, too, would like to commend Babette Francis and Bill Muehlenberg for their informed and articulate articles over the years.
Endeavour Forum, Salt Shakers, the National Civic Council and Family Voice Australia have also printed their thoughts on life issues.
Congratulations and thanks to both for their bravery and constancy under pressure! Let us pray daily for our pro-life leaders.