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Is Leonardo DiCaprio Calling for an Inquisition to Keep People who “Don’t Believe in Science” from Holding Public Office?

Leonardo DiCaprio has let his fictional acting parts go to his head. He no longer knows what’s real. He’s become like Howard Hughes, the role he played in The Aviator. He’s locked himself in an ideological bubble from which there is no escape.

According to the Hartford Courant, DiCaprio said the following at Yale University:

“We are going to look back at this point in history, and frankly this administration, and certain people are going to be vilified for not taking action. We should not have people in office who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science that are able to manipulate and risk the entire future of this entire generation.” (The Blaze)

And who is going to define what the facts and truths are? DiCaprio and his political friends? The same ones who claim there are more than 50 genders, that men can become women, and women men with a scalpel and hormones, that an unborn baby is just a glob of tissue that can be discarded at a woman’s whim, that life arose spontaneously from a primordial ooze? Who will oversee this inquisitional court of science believers and “deniers”?

Here’s DiCaprio’s “modern science” in action:

A public university in the United Kingdom has refused to allow a researcher to look into cases of people who regretted having gender reassignment surgery and transitioned back to living as their birth sex. The university says such a study “may be detrimental to the reputation of the institution,” according to a report…. The university explained that the potentially “politically incorrect” research could be criticized on the internet and thereby harm the reputation of the institution…. The rejection slip stated, “Engaging in a potentially ‘politically incorrect’ piece of research carries a risk to the university. Attacks on social media may not be confined to the researcher but may involve the university.” (Christian Post)

This is all about the Climate Change agenda of the Left. DiCaprio and others claim that it’s indisputable that humans are affecting the climate. That’s why we’re having these seemingly odd weather conditions. But it’s DiCaprio and his friends who do not believe in facts and truths and modern science.

They are as bad as misinformed religious zealots who look at the same natural occurrences and claim the end of the world is just around the corner. It’s been done to death.

Climate Change is a fact of life, and so are earthquakes. I came across the following the other day as I was researching for a book I am working on. The city of Philadelphia in Asia Minor “was located in an earthquake-prone region called the Catacecaumene. Both Sardis and Philadelphia were devastated by earthquakes in A.D. 17. Asian temples were built to withstand severe earthquakes. Their foundations were laid on beds of charcoal covered with wool fleeces, which caused the structure to float on the soil like a raft. Each block was joined to another by metal clamps so that the platform was a unity.”

Strabo (c. 64 BC-c. AD 21) writes that Philadelphia was “ever subject to earthquakes. Incessantly the walls of the houses are cracked, different parts of the city being thus affected at different times. For this reason but few people live in the city, and most of them spend their lives as farmers in the country since they have a fertile soil. Yet one may be surprised at the few, that they are so fond of the place when their dwellings are so insecure; and one might marvel still more at those who founded the city.” (Strabo, Geography13.4.10)

It’s no different from weather systems, flooding, and fires. DiCaprio looks at what happened in Houston and blames it on human action. Nonsense. Houston has seen similar storms and flooding.

Houston had suffered numerous floods since its inception but the flood of 1935 was different. First, it came just six years after the flood of ’29. Residents and business owners had just finished rebuilding, only to be hit again by a devastating flood. Second, this one was heart-breaking. The bodies of five children were discovered in the aftermath of the flood, and two adults were found floating in Buffalo Bayou.

The difference in the amount of rain – 15 inches versus 50 inches – was more about how slowly the storm moved than its severity. Roy W. Spencer, who received his Ph.D. in meteorology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1981, writes, “There is no aspect of global warming theory that says rain systems are going to be moving slower, as we [saw] in Texas.” Not only does Dr. Spencer believe “in facts and truths and modern science,” he practices and applies them:

Major floods are difficult to compare throughout history because the ways in which we alter the landscape. For example, as cities like Houston expand over the years, soil is covered up by roads, parking lots, and buildings, with water rapidly draining off rather than soaking into the soil. The population of Houston is now ten times what it was in the 1920s. The Houston metroplex area has expanded greatly and the water drainage is basically in the direction of downtown Houston.

There have been many flood disasters in the Houston area, even dating to the mid-1800s when the population was very low.

1935 Houston Flood

How quickly the Global Warming alarmists forgot about the 12 years of a hurricane drought since 2005. “There is coastal lake sediment evidence of catastrophic hurricanes which struck the Florida panhandle over 1,000 years ago, events which became less frequent in the most recent 1,000 years. Weather disasters happen, with or without the help of humans.”

Dr. Spencer’s dispute with the climate change alarmists is about science, but since it does not fit the narrative and agenda of the Left, it’s discounted.

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