Public response to Alan Freestone(Homeopath) due to censored comments

So... It seems HomeopathyUK don't really like having the truth pointed out. My response there was deleted. So, instead, I thought I'd post it here, where they can't censor it.

Anti-science & the Denialists was posted yesterday and did the rounds on #ten23. The post is whining about an article published in the American Journal of Medicine entitled "Should We Maintain an Open Mind about Homeopathy?" by Michael Baum and Edzard Ernst. As is typical of these blogs, the author completely misses the point.

My initial response was eventually published on the site. I did however have to resort to posting it on SideWiki before they decided to allow it through the moderation queue.

Because they've already shown they have no understanding of integrity by deleting my reply I'm going to paste their response and address it accordingly because I don't trust them to leave it there. So;

Hello homeopathyuk,

I just want to point out some areas in your reply where you are incorrect.

homeopathyuk Says:
September 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

Hello anonymous Denialist-type calling themselves ‘Gold’

Actually my full legal name is Gold. If you'd followed the link in my previous reply you'd have been able to figure that out.

Also, I'm not the "denialist-type". I'm a Skeptic. This means that if provided with the evidence I'll change my mind on a given point. Unfortunately the mountains of evidence against homeopathy don't really allow me to support it. Also, given all this data and the way homeopaths ignore it, that would actually put you in the "denialist-type" category.

In the interest of full disclosure to other readers, at this point I also accused homeopathyuk of being the anonymous one also. However, it turns out that they're actually Alan Freestone, a graduate of the Center for Homeopathic Education and lives in rural Hampshire.

homeopathyuk Says:
September 22, 2010 at 9:18 am

I’m not interested in getting into a discussion with someone whose belief structure is threatened by homeopathy, it’s just a waste of time & energy.

Hmm... Wrong again. I don't feel threatened at all. Given that not one single homeopath has stepped up to "design a methodologically sound trial, which if negative would finally persuade them to shut up shop…" I would have to reach the conclusion that it's homeopaths, as a whole, that are having their belief structure threatened.

Unlike myself, homeopaths do actually have a belief structure to threaten. It's not like you claim to know how homeopathy works. You just take it on faith that it does, despite the evidence against it.

And you called me the denialist. Heh. :)

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