If you haven’t read Fjordman’s masterful post from last night about the parallels between Geert Wilders and Galileo, I highly recommend it.
Ioshkafutz paid a visit to the comments, and this is an excerpt from what he had to say:
…though in my view it is one comparing oranges and apples, because Geert is accused of political heresy whereas the Galileo spat was about what was then considered settled science (which obviously had a religious component).
The Galileo affair happened when science was still at its infancy and needed to be defined, whereas Geert is being accused in a country famous (some would say even “notorious”) for its freedoms. Therefore, if anything Geert is the one saying “Eppur NON si muove”, in other words, he is wishing to maintain the once “settled” definition of freedom as opposed to expanding it to mean all sorts of groovier things such as “not offending” or “maintaining social harmony.”
What we see is one of the traditionally freest countries of Europe that has freely chosen to redefine freedom… and unlike the scientific method which is relatively easy to define, freedom is an endless sky or a bottomless pit.
There was nothing to disagree with in Ioshkafutz’s observations, but I felt compelled to point out the prominent role that “science” has indeed played in the campaign to destroy Geert Wilders:
Ah, but you overlook the nature and tactics of the opposition to Geert.
Take a look at our recent post “Condemning Geert Wilders”, or the one from a couple of days ago called “Advised by the Toilet Duck”. The Dutch government officially commissioned a scientific study which determined scientifically that Geert Wilders and the PVV represent the “new radical right”.
By this means the court has obtained scientific justification for finding Geert guilty and sentencing him.
This is yet more evidence that the political and cultural leaders of our age have become as non-scientific as was the Church in 1600.
Science and religion have merged once again, but this time the religion in question is demonic. The reigning faith is the Church of the Left, which has its scriptures (Das Kapital and An Inconvenient Truth, for example), its orthodoxy (PC and Multiculturalism) which it enforces in exquisite detail against all reason and common sense, and now its Inquisition to root out heresy.
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The parallels are uncanny, but the major positions have been reversed, for it is the new Universal Church of Satan which claims the keys to “science”, and which resists and punishes all heretics who disagree with its “scientific” findings.
The demonic nature of modern socialist/atheist orthodoxy makes it an obvious natural ally for the Hosts of Mohammed.
I realize that some of our more secular or atheist readers will be uncomfortable with discussions that employ the words “demonic” and “Satan”.
Yet there can be no doubt that Evil is abroad in the world in our time. When confronting the horrors visited upon millions of innocent people by the Salafists, one is left with a single conclusion: if this is not evil, then the word “evil” has no meaning.
Evil manifests itself not just in Islam, but also in the completely secular depredations of the politically correct Left, which are inflicted upon unwitting and unwilling victims every day throughout the supposedly enlightened West.
This PC brand of evil is of lesser scope than its Islamic cousin, but both evils draw deeply from the same well. By their fruits ye shall know them.
Seventy years ago, when J.R.R. Tolkien wrote his epic allegory of Good vs. Evil in The Lord of the Rings, he felt compelled to refer to Sauron instead of Satan, and to use hobbits instead of Christian knights to represent the forces of good, because he knew he addressed a secular audience that had turned against its Christian roots and would not hear a lesson taught in traditional terms.
But nearly a century later the lesson is still here, waiting to be learned. Evil does not disappear from the face of the earth simply because men have decided that nothing exists beyond the tangible and measurable of the here and now. In fact, their disbelief facilitates and accelerates the arrival of the greatest of evils.
Call it Sauron. Call it Beelzebub. Call it Allah. Call it Satan. Call it Legion.
Call it what you will. It walks like a duck and it quacks like a duck.
God help us all.