"The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him." Proverbs 18:17 (ESV)
"To answer before listening-- that is folly and shame." Proverbs 18:13 (ESV)
When it comes to conspiracy theories such as 9/11 it is often the case that people that have bought into the conspiracies haven't looked closely at both sides of the argument.
In general though it takes more than just looking at the facts to believe or not believe a conspiracy theory - to believe conspiracies in general it takes:
- A prideful attitude (I'm one of the few people who really understands what's going on and everyone else is wrong).
- A lack of critical thinking. (A big issue as logic isn't taught in schools as a compulsory subject any more.)
- A willingness or desire to believe the conspiracy despite little or no solid evidence.
- A double standard in terms of how evidence for and against is evaluated.
- A discounting of the massive amount of evidence against the conspiracy.
- A latching on to minor apparent anomalies (which can be explained rationally with a bit of a closer investigation.
- Circular reasoning (starting and ending by assuming what you are supposed to be proving).
- A propensity towards confirmation bias (misinterpreting information in order to confirm what you already believe).
It's important that we debunk the absurd conspiracy theories around 9/11 because these ideas feed into the cause of Islamic jihadists. (Many Muslims believe that 9/11 was some kind of conspiracy). It's also important because we need to realise that our real enemy is not the US government, it's Islam. While it's true that the US government aren't exactly doing a brilliant job, they are not as sick as to kill thousands of innocent civilians just to have justification to go to war. That's Islam that teaches that it's fine to terrorize innocent people. (See my blog on the Quran here).
I highly recommend this video...
How to Debunk 9/11 Conspiracy Theories
This article is also very good...
Popular Mechanics - 9/11 Conspiracy Theories - Debunking the Myths.
As a result of me posting the above video and article and using the information in them to refute the arguments of 9/11 conspiracy theorists I've been accused of possibly working undercover for the US government! This has to be one of the most absurd accusations I've ever received! Here's the accusatory comment from Gregory...
UPDATE: Below are the results so far from one of the questions from the God or Absurdity Survey. (As you can see 35.1% of respondents said "No" to this question - i.e. they believe that 9/11 was not committed by Islamic terrorists alone, and so must believe in some kind of conspiracy related to this):
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