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Baylor Professor Calls for Prosecution of Criticism of Fauci and Other Scientists as Hate Crime

Dr. Anthony Fauci, here depicted in a mural in New York City, is 'a proud son of Brooklyn' who is helping the country get through the COVID-19 pandemic, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. PHOTO: NPR/Spencer Platt/Getty

4 August 2021

JONATHAN TURLEY — Physicist Richard P. Feynman once said “Religion is a culture of faith; science is a culture of doubt.” Feynman’s statement captures how science depends upon constant questioning and challenging of assumptions. Yet, what is healthy debate to some is criminal dissent to others. Dr. Peter Hotez, a professor of pediatrics and molecular virology at Baylor College of Medicine is calling for federal hate-crime protections to be extended to cover criticism of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientists. The frequent MSNBC and CNN guest wants Congress to expand hate crimes to “scientists currently targeted by far-right extremism in the United States.”

In a July 28 paper in Plos Biology titled “Mounting Antiscience Aggression in the United States,” Hotez encourages Congress to focus on the “band of ultraconservative members of the US Congress and other public officials with far-right leanings are waging organized and seemingly well-coordinated attacks against prominent US biological scientists.”

Hotez insists that it is not enough to support such science but to criminalize attacks on their research. This suggestion is just one of a number of ideas briefly put forward to support scientists but it is the most chilling.  Referring Nazi and fascist movements in history, Hotez argues that good science requires cracking down on the right.  […]

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2 Comments on Baylor Professor Calls for Prosecution of Criticism of Fauci and Other Scientists as Hate Crime

  1. THIS COMMENT REFLECTS/ amplifies Dr. CAROL BAKER’s EARLIER COMMENTS – ALSO FROM BAYLOR U. College of Medicine – since SCRUBBED, DELTED, CENSORED by YouTube – that “PEOPLE WHO REFUSE vaccines ARE WHITES”
    so “the SOLUTION IS SIMPLE… ELIMINATE WHITES.”
    NOTICE HOW the “Hive” WHICH IS RADICAL RIGHT-WING IN SUPPORT OF EVERY WAR to come down the pike (and “bailouts” FOR BILLIONAIRES, and censorship of free speech)

    ACCUSES "normal" AMERICANS of being "RIGHT WING EXTREMISTS!"

    They have successfully USED THE MEDICAL BUREAUCRACY of an OVERTLY CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY to INFLITRATE AND TAKE OVER that ENTIRE UNIVERSITY…. at a college, university, BAYLOR, THAT AT ONE TIME PROUDLY CONSIDERED ITSELF not only CHRISTIAN, but WHITE & CONSERVATIVE. .

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