NY Assistant Professor: Misinformation About Climate Change Should Be A Criminal Offense

(Huffington Post)

The First Amendment.   It’s an important part of the Constitution that protects, among other things, Free Speech and that’s something that Progressive left only protects if you’re saying something they agree with.

Case in point.  According to an article on The Conversatoin.com, Lawrence Torcello, an Assistant Professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, says that spreading misinformation about Climate Change should be considered a criminal offense:

We have good reason to consider the funding of climate denial to be criminally and morally negligent. The charge of criminal and moral negligence ought to extend to all activities of the climate deniers who receive funding as part of a sustained campaign to undermine the public’s understanding of scientific consensus.

Worried that Mr. Torcello’s suggestion might violate the First Amendment?  Well he isn’t:

My argument probably raises an understandable, if misguided, concern regarding free speech. We must make the critical distinction between the protected voicing of one’s unpopular beliefs, and the funding of a strategically organised campaign to undermine the public’s ability to develop and voice informed opinions. Protecting the latter as a form of free speech stretches the definition of free speech to a degree that undermines the very concept.

You can read the rest of the article Here.


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