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An expert is a person with comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of a particular area resulting from specialized study and experience in the field or subject. An expert is qualified to provide an accurate, objective and professional opinion that reflects what is generally accepted by other experts in the field or subject.
A false expert is someone who may lack credentials or meaningful experience in the subject. A false expert will advance theories and promote arguments that—without valid supporting research and documentation—are 1) inconsistent with the consensus in the literature of the field or subject; 2) not generally accepted by those who study the field or subject; 3) no longer accepted and passé; and 4) biased, subjective and inconsistent with accepted and established requirements of scientific inquiry.
A handful of false experts have appeared in the field of religion with no interest in accuracy, objectivity or truth. These so-called “experts” are put forward and relied upon by anti-religious groups to attempt to justify improper actions that interfere with the right to freedom of religion for members of minority faiths they target. These false experts flout scientific and credible academic opinion and instead seek to sell to the highest bidder their services and their biased, unscientific and unqualified opinions.
STAND spotlights these false experts by exposing them for the frauds they are.