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NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON STRAYS FROM THE PARTY LINE:

UPDATE (From Ed): Neil Degrasse Tyson Apologizes For ‘Unhelpful’ Tweet Following Weekend Shootings.

THE MEANING OF MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: “There’s more in heaven and earth than what’s dreamed of by normal politicians,” Ross Douthat, the New York Times’ token conservative writes:

A recurring question in American politics since the rise of the Moral Majority and the Christian Coalition has been “where is the religious left?” One possible version has been hiding in plain sight since the 1970s, in the form of Williamson’s style of mysticism, the revivalism of the Oprah circuit, the soul craft of the wellness movement, the pantheistic-gnostic-occultish territory at the edges of American Christianity’s fraying map. We don’t necessarily see it as a “left” only because it has acted indirectly on politics, reshaping liberalism and the wider culture from within and below, rather than acting through mass movements and political campaigns.

In which case the Williamson candidacy is an interesting milestone, a moment when an important cultural reality enters into politics explicitly, inspiring initial bafflement and mockery (in this case, via journalists digging up Williamson’s most Moonbeam-y old tweets) but also exposing something important about America that normal, official media coverage ignores.

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The liberal intelligentsia has long prided itself on taking the side of reason and science against first religious conservatism and now right-wing populism — defending a particular version of the Enlightenment against televangelists and superstition and Fake News. But because man does not live by Neil deGrasse Tyson memes alone, and because the mix of hard scientific materialism and well-meaning liberal humanitarianism has always been somewhat incoherent, the cult of reason necessarily shares space in liberal circles — especially liberal circles outside the innermost ring of the meritocracy — with other cults, other commitments, of the sort associated with “A Course in Miracles.”

The spirit of deGrasse Tyson and the spirit of Williamson can certainly coexist, especially when politics supplies a common enemy as vivid as Donald Trump. But they can also fall into war with one another, over differences more significant than the debate over Medicare for All.

Meanwhile, the L.A. Times explores “How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals:”

She’s one of a growing number of young people — largely millennials, though the trend extends to younger Gen Xers, now cresting 40, and down to Gen Z, the oldest of whom are freshly minted college grads — who have turned away from traditional organized religion and are embracing more spiritual beliefs and practices like tarot, astrology, meditation, energy healing and crystals.

And no, they don’t particularly care if you think it’s “woo-woo” or weird. Most millennials claim to not take any of it too seriously themselves. They dabble, they find what they like, they take what works for them and leave the rest. Evoking consternation from buttoned-up outsiders is far from a drawback — it’s a fringe benefit.

“I know this work is weird,” Lilia said of her breathwork practice. “But it makes me feel better and that’s why I keep doing it.”

The cause behind the spiritual shift is a combination of factors. In more than a dozen interviews for this story with people ranging in age from 18 to their early 40s, a common theme emerged: They were raised with one set of religious beliefs — Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist — but as they became adults, they felt that faith didn’t completely represent who they were or what they believed.

But this isn’t all that new a phenomenon — it dates back to the Beatles hooking up with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the summer of 1967, and while they would have a falling out with him the following year, during the late ‘60s, and early ‘70s, it became de rigueur for lots of superstar guitarists to be associated with his own Indian guru. It’s right there in the second part of the headline of Tom Wolfe’s ‘70s-defining article, “The ‘Me’ Decade and the Third Great Awakening,” which was first published as the cover story of the August 23rd 1976 issue of New York magazine. And as Michael Graham wrote in his 2002 book, Redneck Nation: How the South Really Won the War:

That’s why I find it hard to share the dismissive attitude Northerners have about Southerner evangelicals and born-again Christians. Do you know how exasperating it is to have a New Ager make fun of your religion? As a graduate of Oral Roberts, I am a magnet for people who want to talk about their spiritual beliefs and/or their loathing of Christianity. My ORU experience was part of my stand-up comedy act, and it was not uncommon to be harangued after the show by audience members who wanted to get their licks in against organized religion.

After a set at a hotel in Washington State, I was dragged into a long, drawn-out discussion with a graying, balding New Ager who just couldn’t get over my evangelical background. “You seem so smart,” he kept saying. “How could you buy into that stuff?” Here’s a guy wearing a crystal around his neck to open up his chakra, who thinks that the spirit of a warrior from the lost city of Atlantis is channeled through the body of a hairdresser from Palm Springs, and who stuffs magnets in his pants to enhance his aura, and he finds evangelicalism an insult to his intelligence. I ask you: Who’s the redneck?

Come to think of it, I’m not sure if this guy—who believed in reincarnation, ghostly hauntings, and the eternal souls of animals—actually believed in God. It’s not uncommon for Northerners, especially those who like to use the word “spirituality,” to believe in all manner of metaphysical events, while not believing in the Big Guy. “Religious” people go to church and read the Bible, and Northerners view them as intolerant, ill-educated saps. “Spiritual” people go hiking, read Shirley MacLaine or L. Ron Hubbard, and are considered rational, intelligent beings.

To be fair, they believed they found God in 2008.

SO YOU THINK THE MULTIVERSE THEORY EXPLAINS IT ALL: Neil deGrasse Tyson has other more immediate problems with which to deal, but there are also some significant questions to be asked about a widely held explanation for the existence of us all that he often pushes. (And if you wonder what this has to do with politics, Pelosi, freedom, federalism, Trump, etc. etc., just remember what Dostoevsky said when everything would be permitted.)

 

#HIMTOO? “National Geographic Channel has pulled its long-running Neil deGrasse Tyson chat show ‘StarTalk’ off the air, at least for now, following allegations of sexual misconduct against the famed astrophysicist. ‘StarTalk’ will remain on hiatus as a Fox Networks Group investigation into the multiple claims continues.”

PARTY OF SCIENCE: Believe women? Neil deGrasse Tyson addresses sexual misconduct allegations, ‘special handshake.’

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON GETS THE #METOO TREATMENT: Two More Women Accuse Neil deGrasse Tyson of Sexual Misconduct.

And since I didn’t link yesterday: This New Les Moonves Accusation Changes Everything.

Beginning with first Roger Ailes in July of 2016, and then Harvey Weinstein in October of the following year, the media has been flooded with similar headlines regarding powerful men in showbiz, the news, and politics, culminating in the efforts last month to entirely upend Brett Kavanaugh’s life in a (fortunately failed) attempt to keep him off a Supreme Court seat. Add to all of the above toxic identity politics, which gave us the phrase “male privilege.” And then media scratches their brows and runs headlines such as this item at Time in late October, “Why Are We All Having So Little Sex?,” and a similar one at the Atlantic last week, “Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?

It’s a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, as the man who was the bête noire of both national socialists and modern international socialists would say.

Or to put it another way: The Sexual Revolution Is Over.

GOOD: Neil Gorsuch and Sonia Sotomayor Just Came Out Swinging Against Policing for Profit.

THERE MUST HAVE BEEN AN EARTH-SHATTERING KABOOM: Impact crater 19 miles wide found beneath Greenland glacier. “The enormous bowl-shaped dent appears to be the result of a mile-wide iron meteorite slamming into the island at a speed of 12 miles per second as recently as 12,000 years ago.”

So, how’s that space program going?

More here and here.

NBC NEWS DEFAMES THE GATESTONE INSTITUTE:

Gatestone Institute, far from being “anti-Muslim”, is pro-Muslim. Gatestone does not want to see Muslims deprived of freedom of speech, flogged or stoned to death for supposed adultery. Gatestone is also opposed to “honor” killings, children forced into marriages; homosexuals flogged or killed, and so on. Is one to assume that NBC and its followers do want to see these abuses? Good to know.

Read the whole thing. Speaking of the above quote, in her column this past week on the “Intellectual Dark Web,” Bari Weiss described the moment when neuroscientist Sam Harris discovered just how “Progressive” the 21st century left can be:

[In] 2006, at a conference at the Salk Institute with Richard Dawkins, Neil deGrasse Tyson and other prominent scientists. Mr. Harris said something that he thought was obvious on its face: Not all cultures are equally conducive to human flourishing. Some are superior to others.

“Until that time I had been criticizing religion, so the people who hated what I had to say were mostly on the right,” Mr. Harris said. “This was the first time I fully understood that I had an equivalent problem with the secular left.”

After his talk, in which he disparaged the Taliban, a biologist who would go on to serve on President Barack Obama’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues approached him. “I remember she said: ‘That’s just your opinion. How can you say that forcing women to wear burqas is wrong?’ But to me it’s just obvious that forcing women to live their lives inside bags is wrong. I gave her another example: What if we found a culture that was ritually blinding every third child? And she actually said, ‘It would depend on why they were doing it.’” His jaw, he said, “actually fell open.”

Given the craziness out of NBC and its subsidiary networks, without clarification, it’s an open-ended question if they ascribe to a similar worldview.

COSMIC ROULETTE: NASA Basically Missed a Huge Asteroid That Passed Unnervingly Close to Earth.

Related: Happy Asteroid Day! Plus: Combating The Asteroid Threat.

STEPHEN HAWKING WROTE A POPULAR BOOK ABOUT PHYSICS AND SPENT THE REST OF HIS LIFE CRUSADING FOR AWFUL CAUSES:

In 2009, when Israel counterattacked after four years of Hamas rocket attacks on its civilians, Hawking managed to cobble together every incoherent and inaccurate trope about the conflict into one soundbite. He told Al Jazeera:

“A people under occupation will continue to resist in any way it can. If Israel wants peace it will have to talk to Hamas like Britain did with the IRA.Hamas are the democratically elected leaders of the Palestinian people and cannot be ignored … Israel’s response to the rocket attacks has been quite out of proportion. Almost a hundred Palestinians have been killed for every Israeli. The situation is like that in South Africa before 1990. It cannot continue.”

Naturally, Hawking promoted conspiracy theories about the Iraq war, claiming that it was based on “two lies” intentionally told by the Bush administration: that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction and that he was involved in the 9/11 attacks.

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After the celebrity he earned from A Brief History of Time, Hawking grew into that special kind of scold—think Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye—who trades on his reputation as an impartial man of facts and logic in order to condescend to ordinary people.

As Tom Wolfe said of Noam Chomsky, another leftwing scold, “An intellectual is a person who is knowledgeable in one field but speaks out only in others.”

RICHARD FERNANDEZ: Happy Winter Festival.

The effort to erase Christmas will probably fail for no other reason than that it meets a human need that a mechanical bureaucratic day off cannot fulfill.  Humanity needs a time to mark the growth and change in the family, an occasion to renew hopes and put aside fears and a chance to remember something we once knew: that everything’s going to be alright in the end.  It really will.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Read the whole thing. Especially if your name is Neil deGrasse Tyson‏.

EH, WHEN HE’S RIGHT, HE’S RIGHT:

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Yes, we have smartphones and Twitter now. No, that’s not as good as flying cars and Mars bases.

SCIENCE! Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Uses Science to Explain Celebrity News, and Compares Kim Kardashian to This Celestial Body.

As an astrophysicist, Tyson is an excellent TV host.

PARTICULARLY IF NEIL “DEEP THOUGHTS” TYSON IS YOUR MODEL FOR RATIONALITY: A rational nation ruled by science would be a terrible idea.

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Happy Asteroid Day!

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Happy Asteroid Day!

MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Happy Asteroid Day!

CHRIS MOONEY, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Neil DeGrasse Tyson Says Left Is Just as Guilty of Anti-Science as Right.

PUT THE BATBONG DOWN, DUDE: Neil deGrasse Tyson tries to crap on Batman, beclowns himself instead.

Related: The Week in Pictures: Superman vs. Batman Edition.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, TRUMP SUPPORTER.

Well, maybe. Who knows? In any case, Tyson’s word salad tweet, “People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump” is screen-capped.

Meanwhile, Twitchy collates some of its reaction: “Tyson, who previously speculated who Jesus would vote for, either irritated or confused with this particular foray into politics,” particularly his crazed “I love science sexually*” fanboy worshippers.

*Classical reference.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON goes anti-Anti-Trump. “People who are anti-Trump are actually anti-Trump supporters — they oppose free citizens voting for the @realDonaldTrump.”

YES, THAT POOR NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, ENDURING ALL THAT LIONIZATION: How US academia steers black students out of science.

CONTEMPLATING: The Unbearable Lightness of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

MILO YIANNOPOULOS: You Know, Neil DeGrasse Tyson doesn’t actually seem especially bright. “His Twitter feed, naturally, is packed to the gills with daft comparisons, meaningless apples-to-oranges number crunching and red meat for his hyper-progressive fan club. . . . Everyone remembers his infamous Christmas tweet, but what many don’t know is that even this is factually wrong: Newton wasn’t born on Christmas Day, but by today’s calendar some time in January.”

IS THE ANSWER TO FERMI’S PARADOX that aliens are using quantum-based encryption?

FLEEING THE SINKING SHIP: Big business donors, Obama cabinet drop Clinton charity event.

More bad news for the Clintons. With Hillary’s presidential campaign slipping in the polls against Sen. Bernie Sanders and facing a potential fresh challenge from Vice President Joe Biden, six giants of the corporate world are bailing out on the Clinton Global Initiative.

On Sept. 26, CGI, a branch of the Clinton Foundation, convenes its 11th annual meeting with a star-studded cast. Bill and Chelsea Clinton will be joined by Ashley Judd, Charlize Theron, Edward Norton, Ted Danson, Tina Brown, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Sir Richard Branson, Bill Gates and George Soros. What will be missing is more than a million dollars from a who’s who of corporate behemoths that sponsored the meeting last year. Six high-profile firms ended their cash donations, to be replaced with only one similar high-profile corporate donor so far.

USA TODAY has confirmed that sponsors from 2014 that have backed out for this year include electronics company Samsung, oil giant ExxonMobil, global financial firms Deutsche Bank and HSBC, and accounting firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers). Hewlett-Packard, which just announced major layoffs, will be an in-kind donor instead of a cash contributor, and the agri-chem firm Monsanto has cut back its donation. Dow’s name is missing from the donor list as well, but the chemical company’s exit is not confirmed.

High-profile corporations might not be the only key supporters backing away from association with the Clinton family’s charitable arm. In 2014, eight national leaders, kings, presidents and prime ministers, appeared on the program for CGI’s annual meeting, including the president of the United States and the prime minister of Japan. This year, only leaders from Colombia and Liberia are currently on the program.

You almost feel sorry for Hillary as the inevitability falls apart again. Almost.

JAMES LILEKS DOESN’T UNDERSTAND THE WORSHIP OF NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON, and deconstructs one of his patented “dude – might wanna lay off the bong for a while” tweets:

Artificially conceived is meant to connote a a falseness, a violation of Natural Things. But the major accomplishments of civilization are artificially conceived. Why, even some really fine people were artificially conceived.

Wouldn’t a Man of Science know that borders have perfectly reasonable reasons for being where they are? Like, say, rivers. Or mountains. Or large bodies of water we laymen call “oceans.” Stay with me here, because this gets tricky – sometimes these borders are drawn for cultural reasons. People on one side, for the most part, speak one language and have a certain set of folkways; people on the other speak a different language, and have different traditions. This may seem to argue against the universality of man, the idea that we are all brothers and sisters, and I would suggest that it seems that way because the universality of man is a rather useless concept on which to base your understanding of the world as it is today. I have a lot in common with fellow members of my species, but the differences are what we grapple with. And the differences not only lead to borders, they require them.

Didn’t G.K. Chesterton preemptively respond to Tyson’s tweet 85 years ago with his famous paradox of the wall?

IS THAT WHAT HE CALLS IT? Neil deGrasse Tyson Tells Colbert He’d Prefer a Bigger Pluto.

IF HE WERE A TEA PARTIER, THIS WOULD BE THE #1 STORY NATIONALLY: Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive. “Included in his many Facebook ‘likes’ are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy,’ Neil deGrasse Tyson, Gay Marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.” The ABC story shockingly omits that information.

I’m placing the SPLC on my list of “groups associated with hate killings” now. After all, this isn’t the first such incident. . . .

JOURNALISM: Brian Williams Apologizes For False Iraq Story Casting Himself In A Heroic Light. “NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized on Wednesday for falsely claiming that he had been aboard a helicopter that was shot down during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Stars and Stripes reports.”

To be fair, lots of journalists have lied about Iraq, so what’s one more?

UPDATE: “Brian Williams went Full Neil Tyson. You never go Full Neil Tyson.”

ANOTHER UPDATE: Shades of Hillary’s Phony Sniper Story. (Bumped).

MORE: Brian Williams talks about his experience in Iraq, and about how much more macho he is than his critics.

SCIENCE! Neil deGrasse Tyson blows more minds with idea to prevent computer hacking.

MORE ERRORS FROM Neil de Grasse Tyson. More here.

NEIL TYSON THINKS THAT aliens would be shocked that humans are violent.

I do believe he’s unfamiliar with the scientific literature on the subject.

IT’S KIND OF CHEESY FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES TO RUN this Neil de Grasse Tyson rehab piece without mentioning that The Federalist busted him for his bogus quotes. Nor was Tyson very forthcoming about admitting his error.

THE PERILS OF BEING NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: “Tyson himself has not come out of this imbroglio well. He may not have actively assembled his clique, but, as the fake George W. Bush quotation demonstrates, he does play to it at least a little. Whatever he may claim now, the intention of his tale was absolutely clear: to demonstrate for his audience who in the world was stupid and who in the world was smart, truth be damned. Unsurprisingly enough, those who had paid to come and see him speak were classed firmly in the latter category — and they loved every second of being so praised. And who wouldn’t? The world is full of performers whose sole role is to flatter their customers. That’s why we have cable news.”

POLITICO: The Cult of Neil deGrasse Tyson.

NEIL DE GRASSE TYSON’S SELF-BECLOWNING CONTINUES: Neil deGrasse Tyson admits he botched Bush quote.

Tyson claims to be a man of science who follows the evidence where it leads. The evidence here clearly shows Tyson screwed up. Whether knowingly or not, he regularly repeated a false account in order to cast aspersions on another public figure. The only proper thing to do is recant and apologize. That is what a person of integrity does.

More from Mollie Hemingway: Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Just Trust Me On Those Things I Said, OK? “Word to the wise: When rational people strongly suspect you’ve made something up to make yourself look better and to make one of the most recorded people in human history look bad and there’s no evidence of your claim, the onus is actually on you to clear your name.”

Plus: “You can kind of judge how much to trust various media by whether they defend quote fabrication and think fact claims should be verifiable to non-Gnostics or try to go after people who are worried about the quote fabrication. We’ve seen more of the latter than is in any way journalistically defensible, particularly at this stage of the story.”

IT’S COME TO THIS: In Response To Exposure Of Neil Tyson’s Fabrications, Wikipedia Activists Trying To Eliminate The Federalist’s Online Entry. Jimmy Wales, call your office.

BUT IT STILL WON’T GO AWAY: 9 Absurd Edit Justifications By Wikipedia’s Neil Tyson Truthers.

LOOKS THAT WAY: Does Neil deGrasse Tyson Make Up Stories?

JIMMY WALES, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Why Is Wikipedia Deleting All References To Neil Tyson’s Fabrication?

WHY WON’T KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND NAME THE MEN SHE SAYS HARASSED HER? Ann Althouse offers numerous theories — pretty much all unflattering to Gillibrand — but I favor this one:

She wants to protect the men she hasn’t named. They’re her political allies, perhaps quite well-known characters. I think we can assume that they are all Democrats, since we haven’t heard otherwise and she probably would have taken the opportunity to ding Republicans, and since Republicans would be more likely to maintain formal politeness with her and not to assume that they could take liberties.

Of course, there’s also this possibility: “Maybe it didn’t happen. There are no names named because there are no names to name.” She could have just been pulling a Neil deGrasse Tyson.

DO NOT TRUST CONTENT FROM NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: Yet another Tyson anecdote fails analysis, this one about the “Space Pen.”

At this point, maybe someone should go back and check his astrophysics papers?

SNAKE OIL ALERT: Another Day, Another Quote Fabricated By Neil deGrasse Tyson.

We’ve already established that a newspaper headline touted for years by Tyson likely doesn’t exist. We’ve also established that the exact quote he uses to bash members of Congress as being stupid also doesn’t exist. And then we established that the details within one of Tyson’s favorite anecdotes — a story of how he bravely confronted a judge about his mathematical illiteracy while serving on jury duty — seem to change every time Tyson tells the story.

In addition to those two highly questionable quotes and one highly questionable story, we now have another blatantly false quote peddled by Tyson. He has peddled this quote for years (including at a presentation on Sunday night at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle).

According to Tyson, in the days following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Bush uttered the phrase, “Our God is the God who named the stars.” According to Tyson, the president made that claim as a way of segregating radical Islam from religions like Christianity or Judaism. . . .

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s story has three central claims: 1) Bush uttered that precise phrase, 2) in the days immediately after 9/11, 3) in order to distance American religion from that practiced by radical Muslims.

As you have probably already guessed, every single claim is false. Every one! Then there’s Tyson’s aside that Bush’s quote was a “loose quote” of the book of Genesis. Yep, that’s false, too. Add embarrassing biblical illiteracy to Tyson’s list of accomplishments on his CV. . . .

Tyson’s falsehoods didn’t stop there, though. After deliberately slandering Bush by attributing to him a quote he never made, Tyson launched into another tirade about how he was selected, by Bush, mind you, to be on a committee to select recipients of the National Medals of Science and Technology. The point of that story? That Tyson is way smarter than Bush, who was too stupid to even read the citations of the awards. But if you watch the video of the event, you’ll notice that the reason he didn’t read the citations is because he was too busy personally awarding the medals and shaking the hands of the guests of honor. . . . At this point, I’m legitimately curious if any quotes or anecdotes peddled by Neil deGrasse Tyson are true. Over the last week, I’ve examined only four, and every single one appears to be garbage.

I’m beginning to think that this Tyson fellow may be a bit of a putz. And I used to just think he was a blowhard.

HMM: Did Neil deGrasse Tyson Just Try To Justify Blatant Quote Fabrication?

IN THE MAIL: From Jason L. Riley, Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed.

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And, also today only: Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series on DVD, $39.99 (60% off). Superior to the Neil DeGrasse Tyson remix?

“PHILOSOPHY IS USELESS, THEOLOGY IS WORSE.” Neil deGrasse Tyson Slammed For Dismissing Philosophy As ‘Useless.’ Okay, my quote is from Mark Knopfler, not from Tyson.

The Knopfler song about 1970s malaise seems curiously timely today.

HANK CAMPBELL: Five Things Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Cosmos” Gets Wrong.

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: “When the universe lands in a GQ shoot, you know science is trending in the world.”

Me: Trending toward what?

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON THINKS space exploration is government work for government workers.

TWO MAHERS IN ONE:

JAY LENO: Now, Roger Ailes said to Fox, they’re gonna scale back the rhetoric. You think this will last for any longer than a week or two?

MAHER: No, because that’s the rhetoric they love. The right-wing loves, the go-to rhetoric for them is, “Wouldn’t it be fun to kill the people we disagree with?”

Newsbusters, January 12, 2001: “Bill Maher Heckled by ‘Tonight Show’ Crowd for Saying Conservatives Want to Kill People They Disagree With.”

Flash-forward an appearance by Maher on the October 7th edition of StarTalk Radio, a syndicated radio show hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson,who brought up the topic of the death penalty. Maher responded:

“I have a lot of ideas that you might consider conservative.  But I feel like on that, I’m just consistent, like the pope is consistent.  The pope is consistently pro-life; I’m consistently pro-death.

“I am for the death penalty, although I do believe in more DNA testing,” Maher continued.  “My motto is, ‘Let’s kill the right people.’  I’m pro-choice.  I’m for assisted suicide.  I’m for regular suicide.  I’m for whatever gets the freeway moving.  That’s what I’m for.”

“It’s too crowded,” Maher continued.  “So, the planet is too crowded and we need to promote death.”

Such hateful eliminationist rhetoric. I wonder if that’s the official opinion of Time-Warner-CNN-HBO, Maher’s employer?

NEIL DEGRASSE TYSON: The Case For Space: Why We Should Keep Reaching For The Stars.

KATHERINE MANGU-WARD: Neil deGrasse Tyson Is Wrong About NASA.