Lord Christopher Monckton, caught up in a media firestorm in Australia for calling economist Ross Garnaut a fascist while flashing up a slide with a rather innocuous statement of Garnaut’s next to a Nazi flag, has now issued an “unreserved apology”!!!
which he then followed with a call for apologies from people who call contrarians like himself “climate deniers” or “denialists”. You know, because people who, against all evidence, deny that the Holocaust occurred are called “Holocaust deniers” or “denialists”. And if you use a word to describe one group, that must mean you think any other group you describe with the same word IS EXACTLY THE SAME IN ALL RESPECTS.
That’s why I avoid using the word “sympathizer.” The first time I heard that word, someone was talking about “Nazi sympathizers,” so when I heard someone speaking of “terrorist sympathizers,” I was appalled. I mean, obviously the person talking meant to imply that all terrorist sympathizers are closet Nazis. How else could I interpret it? For shame.
On a serious note, I avoid using the terms “denier” and “denialist”–not because I think such terms are usually meant to equate people with Nazis, but because I don’t want to listen to all the whining.