Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

March 27, 2006

Intolerance in San Francisco

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:56 am

Not Everything is OK in San Francisco

San Francisco has finally found a viewpoint that is too deviant even for its tolerant-of-everything environment. Can you guess what it is? According to the San Francisco Chronicle:

More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth landed Friday in San Francisco for a two-day rally at AT&T Park against “the virtue terrorism” of popular culture, and they were greeted by an official city condemnation and a clutch of protesters who said their event amounted to a “fascist mega-pep rally.”

“Battle Cry for a Generation” is led by a 44-year-old Concord native, Ron Luce, who wants “God’s instruction book” to guide young people away from the corrupting influence of popular culture.

Luce, whose Teen Mania organization is based in Texas, kicked off a three-city “reverse rebellion” tour Friday night intended to counter a popular culture that he says glamorizes violence and [non-marital] sex.

That’s bad news to Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, who told counterprotesters at City Hall on Friday that while such fundamentalists may be small in number, “they’re loud, they’re obnoxious, they’re disgusting, and they should get out of San Francisco.”

Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed a resolution condemning the “act of provocation” by what it termed an “anti-gay,” “anti-choice” organization that aimed to “negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city.”

Luce said it was the first time one of his events has been officially condemned.

(All emphasis added.)

So, America’s most “tolerant” city can’t tolerate a rally by Christians. Rallying against the war is OK. Rallying in favor of terrorism is OK. But rallying for sexual restraint is so not-OK it’s worthy of an official condemnation from a government which explicitly wraps itself in the mantle of “tolerance” while declaring that they cannot tolerate anyone less licentious than themselves.

Newspeak, anyone?

UPDATE (4/7/06):

The resolution is now online as a PDF file. It begins:

WHEREAS, It is an act of provocation when a right-wing Christian fundamentalist group brings their anti-gay and anti-choice agenda to the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall; and,

WHEREAS, It is unfortunate and alarming that those who are against reproductive and homosexual rights, and who are anti-gay and anti-choice, aim to negatively influence the politics of America’s most tolerant and progressive city; …

Will someone please explain to me why that first paragraph isn’t a violation of the separation of church and state? Isn’t liberal position — affirmed by the Supreme Court in Epperson v. Arkansas (1968) — that “The First Amendment mandates governmental neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion”?

And isn’t that second paragraph basically a statement that some people don’t have the right to express their opinions? Doesn’t it also say that the “most tolerant” city can’t tolerate anyone who disagrees with its Board of Supervisors?

Just the “facts”

Filed under: — Different River @ 2:37 am

On Sunday, March 26, 2006:

  1. Jeffrey Kluger wrote in Time magazine:

    Never mind what you’ve heard about global warming as a slow-motion emergency that would take decades to play out. Suddenly and unexpectedly, the crisis is upon us.

  2. The National Weather Service announced a record low temperature in Palm Beach, Florida, as reported by the Palm Beach Post:

    Sunday morning’s low of 47 degrees at Palm Beach International Airport, recorded at 6:36 a.m., was the coolest on record, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

    The old record was set in 1979, when the overnight temperature dropped to 48 degrees.

    That’s not the coldest March 26 — that’s the coldest temperature ever recorded at Palm Beach.

  3. AP reported:

    6 Die in Collision During Wyoming Blizzard

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – At least 20 vehicles crashed on a rural Wyoming interstate in blizzard conditions Sunday, killing at least six people, officials said.

    Troopers at the scene reported zero visibility due to strong winds and blowing snow. Interstate 80 was closed for about 100 miles from Cheyenne to Rawlins.

    Part of Interstate 80 was closed because of the blizzard conditions, and about 50 miles from Cheyenne to Laramie was closed at the request of Laramie officials, who said there was no parking left in the town for semitrailers.

    Maybe they should start up all those semitrailers, and hope they can make global warming real quick to end the snowstorm!

Now I know that global warming is supposed to be about averages, and a few record cold snaps are not by themselves enough to swing the average much. But this sort of thing happens all the time. These cold snaps are not isolated events — and global warming advocates cite cold temperatures as “proof” of global warming! I said it before, and I’ll say it again, until everyone gets it:

So, if you are a global warming believer, then if temperatures go up it’s because of global warming – and if temperatures go down, it’s also because of global warming. There is no conceivable, let alone actual, evidence that might indicate there is not global warming. No matter what happens, it’s because of global warming.

Global warming is thus inherently unfalsifiable – which means it is not a scientific theory. The most basic requirement for a scientific theory is that it must be in principal falsifiable – that is, it must make some prediction which, if found to be untrue, would be regarded even by the promoter(s) of the theory as evidence that the theory is wrong.

The new motto for the global warming warning crowd ought to be: “Who you gonna’ believe? Me, or your lying eyes?”

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