Wow, really great responses. Thank you so much. You have helped me get a bit of perspective (pretty easy to lose it when you are in the middle of such a debate/argument). It was an open discussion with lots of friends able to silently read. So I totally agree it is better to try and lure a question out of them and get some kind of committed answer rather than bite at some of the comments they may come out with.
I do have a blog and I (so far only written 2 entries 😛 ), but I do intend to try and answer some of the issues brought up the article I posted and other issues in it. I really appreciate the time you have given to help and give your opinions, thanks so much again.