Top Ten List of Anti-Catholic Debate Tactics
(Tactics most often used by "Evangelicals" and "Fundamentalists" in Catholic forums).
1. Change the subject. Change the subject and change it often. (Catholics have answers to every angle you can present, so the longer you stick to a given topic, the more evidence they are able to produce to oppose you and the often greater silent majority is reading all those arguments too, storing up more and more answers which oppose you so don't stick with any given topic for too long).
2. Always put the Catholic on the defense, don't let him/her be the one asking questions. (The person in control of the debate is the one asking the questions, never let the Catholic have control! Keep asking questions! Every time a question is answered, ask another one - but keep point #1 in mind).
3. Use the "You're as bad as we are" excuse, the tu quoque fallacy. (It is also an invalid distraction from the real subject at hand, but often works to divert Catholics into defending their own position instead of you having to defend yours (related to #2).
4. Flood your response with so much tangential information as to overwhelm the Catholic (and perhaps related to #1, get the Catholic to divert onto a tangential side-topic).
5. Once the Catholic has engaged a diversionary topic, wait a response or two then blame the Catholic for the diversion. (By this point the main point may be hopelessly lost and you've successfully dodged a potentially damaging topic to the anti-Catholic cause).
6. If you can't answer, go silent and hope the Catholic gets distracted and forgets you haven't answered yet.
7. If you're on a Catholic forum, and have gotten to a point where you can't answer, become so inflammatory that a moderator will kick you out. (Then you can claim to be a martyr and blame the Catholic moderator for your inability to answer).
8. Introduce multiple topics. (Again, related to #1 and #4, but in this case it is separate postings on different topics in hopes to distract the Catholics).
9. Don't cite your sources until challenged, then when you do - don't provide links. (Don't do anything which will make it easier for the Catholics to research the context because most of the time context supports the Catholics and not you. Once the Catholic has found your source and exposed the context, go back to tactic #1 or #2).
10. Never admit you're wrong, even in the smallest issues. If you were wrong, just move on to other topics (related to #6. It has also been suggested that this could be "never admit a Catholic is right;" and along with that it was suggested this should be #1).
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