Liberal Book Burners (Literally)
Not being too keen on dissenting views, two of the faculty members (one of them the department chair) put a match to it.
Yes, the typical academic tolerance of dissenting opinions.
The current web page of the department has the image removed. But of course, the original version is archived.
Sometimes academics, regardless of their better judgment, let their inner authoritarian out.
Hat Tip: Watts Up With That? and Cold Springs Shops
We wrote one of the scientists in the photo, Craig Clements, and he responded as follows:
Thanks for your email. No, the book was never burned. We never intended to burn the book. The Department of Meteorology and Climate Science has removed the material in question from its website, and regrets what was clearly an ill-conceived attempt at satire. Please be assured the university does not condone book burning for any reason.It’s nice that they considered this a form of “satire,” but the symbolism was absurdly bone-headed.
It’s also the case that the whole global warming movement has been shockingly intolerant of dissent. So we have to wonder whether the San Jose State University Meteorology Department would ever hire a professor who was skeptical of the theory, or whether they would ever invite a speaker who was critical. And we also wonder what would happen to the grade of a student who failed to embrace anthropogenic global warming.