- Jun 2017
The homeopathic community needs to become more politically organized to fight this small band of extremists who believe in depriving others of their freedom of medical choice.
“SKKKepticLover: The homeopathic community needs to become more politically organized to fight this small band of extremists who believe in depriving others of their freedom of medical choice.” I agree, somewhat. The homeopathic community needs to stop the rhetoric that the pro-science crowd believes in depriving others of their freedom of medical choice. It has been pointed out on almost every comment thread that this isn’t the case. The pro-science crowd promotes responsible spending of public funds. e.g. taxpayer money shouldn’t subsidise healthcare options that are unproven or disproven. This isn’t the same as saying that it should be banned. The other thing that the pro-science crowd support is informed decision making. The pro-homeopathy crowd regularly claim that the pro-science side are trying to restrict their freedom of speech while they express their freedom of speech. If their claims were true they wouldn’t be able to make the claim in the places they are. Their own complaint is the evidence that the complaint is invalid. Often, in the same post where they claim this they will be calling for the pro-science crowd to have their freedom of speech curtailed. This approach need to stop. It just makes those posters look foolish. That the pro-science side is pushing for is the ability for those trying to make informed medical choices to have access to accurate information about the treatments on offer. If your claim is challenged you should be able to defend it. If you can’t defend it you should go and learn more about it so you can better defend it. The current approach from the pro-homeopathy commenters is to complain, dodge the point, ignore it, which about suppression of freedom of speech, change the topic, make irrelevant comparisons to other things, copy/paste a repeatedly debunked claim, resort to ad hominem attacks, claim an ad hominem attack has been used against them (even after the concept of ad hom has been clearly described and it’s been pointed out why it wasn’t one), name calling… The list goes on. But at this point they do anything but counter the challenge to defend the claim made. The portion of the homeopathic community that are engaged on forums and comment threads need to show a little respect for the topic and for themselves. None of the current tactics that are used by the homeopathic community that is engaged on forums and comment threads is helping their position.