Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Freedom of Speech: Benjamin Franklin

Cliff Mass (source: Wikipedia)
Clifford F. "Cliff" Mass is a professor of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of WashingtonMass maintains a popular weblog (Ed: aka blog) in which he posts regular articles on meteorology, Pacific Northwest weather history, and the impacts of climate change[8] written for the general public. According to Mass, "Global warming is an extraordinarily serious issue, and scientists have a key role to play in communicating what is known and what is not about this critical issue.[9]"

Note that Cliff is from the alarmist side.

Global warming is an extraordinarily serious issue, and scientists have a key role to play in communicating what is known and what is not about this critical issue.
Most alarmists shut down debate; don't approve of free speech.

However, this week, when sites like "The Conservation" have decided to censor "denialist's" comments, Cliff has come out on the side of free speech: (link)

The University of Washington Should Not Censor Faculty Social Media


This (Cliff's) blog will describe a series of serious violations of freedom of speech and academic
freedom at the University of Washington.It will describe how a highly partisan Dean and her senior staff at UW’s College of the Environment (COENV) have suppressed diversity of viewpoints and censored the social media of faculty and staff, including this blog.  I will review apparent violations both of the faculty code and constitutionally guaranteed freedom of speech.


What I will describe should concern you, no matter where you are on the political spectrum.  Progressive or Conservative, Democrat, Republican or Independent, you should care deeply about the suppression of viewpoint diversity and the restriction of freedom of speech in favor of the partisan agenda of a group of university administrators. 

Their actions are a direct threat to the very nature of the University of Washington and our democracy.  
And I need your help to rectify the situation. 

“Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of 
speech.” Benjamin Franklin