I just love that "conspiracy theory" automatically makes anyone who thinks there is something wrong with the official story some sort of fruitcake or worse.
I'm glad you agree!
Once upon a time, the official story was that the universe was created in a week or something like that.
Right. And then one day, a bunch of college dropouts made a crappy video which claimed that the universe was actually a giant conspiracy by the Illuminati, the NWO, and the Jooos. In reality, we're all living in an online world - a Matrix, if you will - while our eeeevil Zionist Space Lizard overlords harvest our true bodies for organs and nutrients. Ever since that day, we've known the TRUTH!
There are definitely some weird things about the official story that just don't seem to work well with reality as we know it.
It's not WHAT you question, but HOW you question it that matters. For instance, I have no problem with people questioning the theory of evolution - but when you start telling me that the Perfect Shape of the Banana proves that evolution never happened, I'm going to write you off as a complete moron. Likewise, 9/11 conspiracy theorists have shown by their actions that they are mostly either crazy, stupid, ignorant, delusional, or some combination of the four. There may be a few rational, informed, and intelligent ones out there
I think we need a counter-term for conspiracy theory... one that suggests an equal level of folly for believing everything that people in positions of authority tells us.
Anyone who dismisses conspiracy theorists on those grounds is every bit as stupid as the conspiracy theorists themselves