Saturday, February 24, 2007

Burning Times--Good or Bad

Introducing "Conservapedia"--Battling Wikipedia's War on Christians, Patriots

The entire community seems to be rejoicing at the arrival of Conservatedia. And who can blame us? Rarely has such a rich assemblage of mind-numbingly stupidity been so self righteously displayed. The good folks at Scienceblogs have performed a superior job in documenting it (For example 1,2,3,4,5,6,7). My suggestion is to check out this wiki quickly, before it crashes and burns.

Over at Huffington Post, Shelly Lewis's (who has an excellent book, Naked Republicans: A full frontal Exposure of Rightwing Hypocrisy and Greed , ) does an excellent job summing it all up:

..As for the liberal biases of Wikipedia, Conservapedia has a whole page of examples, including:

"On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian "C.E." instead of "A.D."

I especially liked the lively Conservapedia debate over whether there should be an entry for the word "homosphere," a term which sounded both too unproven-sciencey and also gay. (Note-The discussion is gone, but the word is still there. Yay!) There are also excellent debate topics, like "Crusades--Good or Bad."

Kewl! How'bout "Inquisition--Good or Bad"?

...Also, don't miss the unbiased definitions like this one for Stem Cell Research:

"Embryonic stem cell research is the manipulation and destruction of human life shortly after conception in order to divide in a laboratory culture and produce specialized cells supposedly to treat disease.

I love Conservepedia's entry for Pagan, "A pagan is someone who believes in false gods. The First Commandment is, Thou shalt have no other gods before Me. Most pagans are ancient, like the Greeks and Romans, but there are also modern pagans like witches and Muslims, who do not believe in Jesus." Wow! I bet all you Atheists out there did not know you were also Pagans! Welcome to the club. :) But Shelly goes on, touching on the 'it's all a new age religion' charge, which seems to get leveled against anyone with a logical thought in his or her head:

...I had not heard of this particular form of wingnutty goodness until one of Texas' finest state legislators, Warren Chisum, sent around a memo urging his colleagues to ban the teaching of evolution....The memo suggested checking out, a website that says it's the "non-moving earth and anti-evolution web page of the Fair Education Foundation, Inc." There, you can learn all about the Kabbalist Albert Einstein, the Kabbalist Carl Sagan....

Wow! Most of us joked that one day, these loonies were going to be pushing 'equal time' in the classroom for a geocentric Aristotelain or 'flat earth' theory. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would come true! You have to hand it to these people, they seem to be committing ritual suicide--right before our eyes--for their Dominionist cause.

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