Someone is hair-splitting again. . .
Randi has so much as said that he will never believe in any such thing in a number of lectures, interviews, etc. But we could include the fact that he's a very devoted and outspoken Atheist and as such CANNOT believe in any kind of spiritually oriented miraculous anything in that the majority of psychics (for example) credit God/a Higher Power for their ability. Then we have the well established "Randi has the last word" issue in the original parameters of the Million Dollar joke. . . a con launched on April Fools Day of all things
(though such "facts" have been changed as the chinks to his armor have been exposed over the years).AND BEFORE YOU GO FOR IT. . .
on one of the larger Magician forums you will find rave upon rave on the ABC Banachek special and yet, you will find little to no challenging comments.
Because the "Let's kiss the skeptic hinny club
" went in and edited them out and in a handful of instances, booted people off the site because they were deliberately inciting a flame war. . . hmmm
So, it's ok to agree with a philosophy that degrades and humiliates people that believe a certain way but it's not ok to question their authority and position with things. . . it's not ok to reveal their regurgitation of details over and over and over without any kind of solidity. . . wow! No reason to suspect a cover-up there. . .
This is just one of the more recent examples as to how the exceptionally long arms of today's skeptics element purges the internet of conflicting details and those scenarios that can prove icon fallibility or blatant screw-ups & failures be it on line, on TV or lectures, etc. And then we wonder why, nearly every time the whole Uncle Pervy trial transcripts get posted (especially the audio file of the phone calls) the site gets hacked or somehow forced to close down. Same goes for one or two other sites that have been posted, challenging the Million Dollar hoax and the credibility of several key players in the skeptic's community (amazing how many of them have a record for loosing their temper in public and general violence).
They get cocky on forums asking for "proof" when they are fully aware (in many cases) that the "cleaners" have taken care of things. . . granted, this is sometimes more of a monkey see/monkey do routine -- an assumed safe course of travel because they've been shown by the pastor how to move through the facts and present an opposing challenge or claim. It is all part of Cult-Leading 101 after all.
Elhart & Jayhawker. . .(sp?) while I appreciate your sense of expression I fear it will fall on mostly deaf ears; as the saying goes, those that don't believe will never accept any kind of proof to the contrary and likewise, the believer needs no proof whatsoever
(paraphrased) What the skeptics leave out are the folks in the middle, most of whom consider themselves "skeptical" but at the same time, believers of something (Higher Power is the mainstay but they leave the door wide open for all other factors). Sadly, this is the part of the world populace the naysayers and a very small handful of believers, fight over and attempt to sway to one side or the other while ignoring the fact that both sides of the issue are just as right and just as wrong -- the truth resides in the middle and only in the middle (though, as you are likely to see shortly, there are those that prefer black & white and deny that the middle exists).