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Department of Justice would Punish People for their Scientific Ideas

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 16, 2016

Townhall.com reported on a story that should bring chills down any American’s spine, irrespective of their political views.  In congressional testimony earlier this year, Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch stated that the Justice Department (DOJ) is considering punishment for some including academics and others in the fossil fuel industry for denying climate change.

Irrespective of where one comes down on the climate change discussion, we should all be outraged by the DOJ even considering such outrageous action.  Sacrosanct to what is America is the Constitution and freedom of speech.  For the DOJ to use intimidation and possibly the law to stifle free speech is not only illegal, but the start of a slippery slope that is reminiscent of actions of totalitarian governments.  Governments that attempt to control the thoughts of its citizens have often become enemies of the citizens.  The results are often ugly.

A few centuries ago the then “powers to be” persecuted those who did not believe the earth was flat.  The US Department of Justice is now one of the “powers to be”.  History repeats itself.

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