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Submitted by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi (United Kingdom), Jan 10, 2021 at 08:10

...It is ludicrous to portray Louis Shenker as someone expelled from his university merely for supporting Trump and Israel and to frame this expulsion as part of a wider pariah status for conservatives, unless you think conservatism is indeed characterised by lack of civility and conspiratorial thinking. Shenker is a conspiracy theorist and has a record of harassment and agitation (see here: https://heavy.com/news/louis-shenker/). He has also now been arrested on charges of arson and a bomb hoax (https://www.timesofisrael.com/nyc-bomb-hoax-suspect-is-former-jewish-youth-group-leader-now-extreme-rightist/). You might want to notify your readers of these behaviours and reconsider your sympathetic portrayal of him.

Another thing: climate change denialism is not some mere difference of political opinion that is demonised like Holocaust denial. It is called as such because it goes against a scientific consensus established by overwhelming data, just as the link between HIV and AIDS is scientific consensus established by overwhelming data (denial of that link is similarly called 'HIV/AIDS denialism'). Do you believe there is a link between carbon dioxide emissions and global warming? Do you think conservatism is also characterised by anti-scientific thinking? It should not have to be that way in my view.

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