I stumbled across a blog debunking evolution denial and look what I found:
"A classic denial strategy is to take a quote from a historian and pretend that the historian is saying what the denier wants him to say. It's a subtle form of lying that we define as quote-mining."
Now take a look at this article:
"Those who argue that the holocaust deniers must be given a fair hearing fail to recognize that the deniers' quest is not a search for truth. Rather they are motivated by racism, extremism, and virulent anti-Semitism."
In other words, deniers demand "equal time" for their views, and their views are based on idealogy (not science). Deja Vu. The article goes on:
"Those who are committed to the liberal idea of dialogue fail to recognize that certain views are beyond the bounds of rational discourse. After all, these views do not emanate from rational or honest inquiry. Thomas Jefferson argued that in a setting committed to the honest pursuit of truth, all ideas and opinions must be tolerated. But he added a caveat, which is particularly applicable: "We are not afraid to follow truth wherever it may lead, nor to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it" (emphasis added). In the case of Holocaust denial, reason becomes hostage to particularly odious ideology. "
So, why don't we give up on fighting the claims of creationists, and focus in on the idealogy? How should we go about this? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.