An Inconvenient Truth (required reading)

algore-inconvenient-truth.jpg This is really going too far.  Now if you attend Roger Williams University you must view algore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” in order to graduate.  I wonder if those that don’t graduate and ostensibly didn’t watch the movie will be automatically granted a degree when the “Thought Police” change back to the impending Ice Age theory.  You think that since there have been so many “facts” in this movie upturned that a University would be hard pressed to make this a required course and squander their credibility as well.  I have stated before that this drum beat of “Man Made Global Warming” has become the New Religion of the left.  See the full article from Cybercast News Service below:  

To receive a degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, students are being forced to watch “An Inconvenient Truth,” the documentary on global warming produced by former Vice President Al Gore.The science class requirement has prompted one conservative student to declare that “we should stop calling these schools ‘bastions of knowledge’ since they’re really bastions of leftist thought.”The controversy at Roger Williams University (RWU) in Bristol, R.I., began the week before Earth Day, when the professors teaching the laboratory portion of “Core 101: Science, Technology and Society” required their students to watch Gore’s Oscar-winning film in class.The course is one of 12 that students at the university must take in order to graduate.However, Dana Peloso, an RWU junior and president of the school’s chapter of the College Republicans, sent a letter questioning the course requirement to Jeffrey Hughes, assistant dean of marine and natural sciences.“With the issue of global warming being such a highly politicized topic, with the scientific community unsure if global warming is man-induced or part of the natural cycle of the earth, do you think that it is intellectually honest to only show the alarmist viewpoint?” Peloso asked.“If the movie is still shown, what plans are there to incorporate the ideas of leading global warming skeptics into class discussion?” he added.

In his email response, Hughes stated that “I only recently saw ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ and have to think that it’s an ideal subject for a Core lab,” because “the point of Core is to inform students of scientific principles and help them make decisions on issues with a scientific basis in their everyday lives.”

“After an initial and heated debate, scientists no longer question whether the atmosphere is being warmed due to human activities and instead are increasingly impressed with the speed and impact of the process,” Hughes wrote. “I repeat: there is no doubt that we’re warming the earth and that a continuation of our activities will lead to profound changes.

“Penguins, polar bears and your unborn children have no vote in this. They must live with decisions we make today,” the assistant dean said.

“As educators, we’re charged to encourage your intellectual growth,” Hughes added. “That can (actually, will) be uncomfortable at times, and we’re also here to help you deal with that discomfort. It’s truly what makes being a human such a joy, privilege and challenge.”

Peloso told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday that his fellow students have reacted to the situation in one of two ways.

“Those who understand that there are multifaceted points of view” are “really troubled by this,” he said. But others “are so naive” that they take Gore’s position “as gospel, the final word on global warming. They see Al Gore is a former vice president, so it’s got to be true.”

The RWU junior approached other members of the faculty and staff regarding the matter, but “I can count on one hand the number of conservative professors I actually know of” at the university, he stated.

Peloso also sought assistance from the conservative Young America’s Foundation, and Jason Mattera, a spokesman for the group who graduated from RWU in 2005, responded that Hughes’ behavior amounted to “gross intolerance” at a university that promotes itself as a place that values “collaboration of students and faculty in research” and “appreciation of global perspectives.”

“That aside, it’s a bold-faced lie for him to argue that all scientists agree with Al Gore,” Mattera added.

Cybercast News Service previously reported that climate change skeptics have called “An Inconvenient Truth” a sci-fi disaster movie, and scientists who do not agree with the former vice president’s view claim their perspective is being shunned in favor of trying to attain a “consensus” on the subject of global warming.

Mattera told Cybercast News Service that he “wasn’t surprised” to hear about the situation because liberal professors often use their positions of authority to indoctrinate young minds. “This happens all the time, so we might have to stop calling these schools bastions of knowledge since they’re really bastions of leftist thought,” he said.

However, Susan Rivers, vice president of public affairs for RWU, told Cybercast News Service on Tuesday that this semester is the only time the film has been shown to students and as to whether it will be shown in the future, “the faculty and the deans agree together as a group what the content of these courses will be.”

Rivers said Peloso was not enrolled in the course and therefore did not see the film. “He had already taken the class,” she said, and in fact, “he was not enrolled during the semester in question.”

Mattera acknowledged that Peloso learned of the situation from friends taking the course and decided to contact the teacher because of concern for his fellow students and the fact that he had no grade to be affected by the action.

“He’s just trying to be a good student and continue being part in the educational community at RWU,” Mattera added. “Besides, any university should not look to limit information but to expand it and have students come to their own conclusions.”

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14 Responses to “An Inconvenient Truth (required reading)”


  1. 1 Heidi Jo May 9, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    i’m so glad that i got out of college when i did….yikes, what is next?

  2. 2 stevereenie May 9, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    Heidi Jo,

    Me to, but that was back in 1969.

  3. 3 theobromophile May 9, 2007 at 2:42 pm

    Lemme get this straight. When we ask women who are about to abort to view an ultrasound of their fetus/embryo/baby, that’s indoctrination and patronising to women.

    When we ask students to view a movie of questionable veracity in order to graduate, that’s educational.

    AACCCKK……

  4. 4 mommyzabs May 9, 2007 at 3:06 pm

    amen to obromophile comment!

  5. 5 Erston May 9, 2007 at 9:16 pm

    Steve, I thought the reason you were glad to get out of college when you did was so you could still get the all expense paid trip to Saigon?

  6. 6 stevereenie May 9, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    Erston,

    Well they did honor that committment, and it didn’t cost me a penny.

  7. 7 totaltransformation May 10, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Steve, this (climate change) will be the new WORLDWIDE religion. The excuse to justify the most tyrannical limitations to freedom and autonomy. Gosh, this morning I actually heard Dianne Sawyer on the news talking about using less toilet paper (a la Sheryl Crow). The environmental lobby wants us to bring light bulbs into our house that contain mercury- the same stuff they told us to get out of our houses a decade or two ago. This is all so ridiculous.

  8. 8 stevereenie May 10, 2007 at 8:55 am

    totaltransformation:

    I fully agree. If it wasn’t so serious it would be funny (which it actually is). I guess if you don’t have absolutes in your life you will fall for anything, time and time again.

  9. 9 totaltransformation May 10, 2007 at 10:14 am

    Sorry, I didn’t hear you. I was to busy trying to figure out how to wipe my bottom with only one square of toilet tissue. Lol.

  10. 10 stevereenie May 10, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Totaltransformation:

    Well, just make sure you don’t go to Mexican restaurants if you are down to one tissue. 🙂

  11. 11 theobromophile May 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    Stupid question of the day: if you don’t eat meat (because meat is bad the for the environment), won’t you need more than one square of toilet paper….???

    What gives – the cow or the Charmin?

  12. 12 stevereenie May 14, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    theobromophile,

    The Charmin gives…………I like steak.

  13. 13 totaltransformation May 14, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    Enjoy it now Steve. I’ve got a feeling that soon enough the only thing any of us will be eating will be growing on trees or out of the ground. I hope to see that day soon. 🙂

  14. 14 theobromophile May 15, 2007 at 4:50 pm

    LOL! 🙂

    I think I delegated the meat that I’m not eating to Neil.


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