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Date Posted: 29/05/10 11:23:06am
Author: Peter Eveleigh
Subject: case dismissed
In reply to: Mike (webmaster) 's message, "Re: when have you ever heard an ordinary person use the word apostasy?" on 25/11/07 4:23:50pm

agree completely

It does concern me the amount of credence people give it. It isn't what it purports to be...it is not something which is so democratic that even kids can contribute...because anything controversial has feindish rules about the types of evidence they will allow.

A classic case in point is my claim that in the 1980s there had been a lot of tabloid media interest in the JA.

Wikipedia (a wiki mediator, not a fellow civilian) challenged my evidence. I had provided links to tabloid articles. But wiki said that I couldn't cite tabloids because they are not academic sources.

I said that they are artefacts, not secondary sources.

They said it made no difference. Unless I could find a published academic paper claiming that tabloids had shown a lot of interest in the JA, I couldn't say it.

Just imagine that kind of evidence in court!

"M'lud, the presence of a dead body with an axe in the head pointed murder having been committed."

"Objection. No academic papers have been written about this incident. Ergo, there is no dead body, and therefore no murder can be presumed to have been committed."

"Quite right, case dismissed"

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