It figures – this would be posted when I had to leave town!
OK, starting from the top.
Psycho Pirate said:
No problem. I always say, if the shoe fits, wear it!
It’s easy for you to say we know the Holocaust happened, but the deniers use the same methods that many creationists use to deny evolution. As Kyberneticist mentioned, Michael Shermer pointed this out quite well in his earlier book. I recommend that you take a look at it.
Huh? Get a grip.
Yes, you’re right. I hate them. Why, just last night when I went out to dinner with two Biblical literalists, I was telling them how much I hate them. Hoo-boy.
Again, get a grip.
Vestal Blue said:
Making a true comparison is not a cheap shot.
And as has already been explained to you, this means it has an incredible amount of evidence behind it, like the theory of gravity.
That’s fine for you. As somebody else noted, I was talking about those creationists who claim to have scientific evidence against evolution.
I was sticking to the facts. And I was fighting ignorance. I wasn’t poking at beliefs. If I had taken a shot at the overall belief that God exists, that would be one thing. But I didn’t. I was very specific.
This has already been answered well, but I wanted to add my $0.02. They do it so they can continue with their political claims. These are people who not only tend to be anti-Semitic, but also claim there is a huge Jewish conspiracy that controls the world (how else would they manipulate the evidence for the “Holohoax,” as they call it?). So if you’re fighting against this perceived conspiracy, you need to show people why they should be on your side. This is one reason – because Jews are using the Holocaust to get sympathy, etc., according to the deniers.
That said, some of the deniers appear to be using it as a source of income. It was noted in the Shermer/Grobman book that one of them used to write other historical books, but then apparently noticed that he was making a lot more money off of his book sales and speaking fees for his denial stuff. I don’t know if this is true or not, and even if it is I think it’s rather specific to this one and shouldn’t be used to view the entire denier movement.
Luckily, I didn’t say that. I said they share an attitude about the way they argue facts and evidence.