Friday, March 02, 2007


I was telling Heike about how funny Conservapedia is at breakfast this morning. She'd not heard about it, so I thought I'd post a quick review...
This site has been generating laughs in the blogosphere during the last couple of weeks. In the words of the authors:
"Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American. On Wikipedia, many of the dates are provided in the anti-Christian "C.E." instead of "A.D.", which Conservapedia uses. Christianity receives no credit for the great advances and discoveries it inspired, such as those of the Renaissance. Read a list of many Examples of Bias in Wikipedia.
Conservapedia is an online resource and meeting place where we favor Christianity and America. Conservapedia has easy-to-use indexes to facilitate review of topics. You will much prefer using Conservapedia compared to Wikipedia if you want concise answers free of "political correctness"."
I'm not making this up! I recommend the following links if you want some insight into how the other half thinks (or doesn't):
  • Above-mentioned Examples of Bias in Wikipedia - this includes criticism of "foreign spelling", (favour, labour rather than favor, labor); liberal bias ("Wikipedia is six times more liberal than the American public") and bias on evolution ("even though most Americans reject the theory of evolution Wikipedia editors commenting on the topic are nearly 100% pro-evolution").
  • Evolution - apparently it "violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics". These people are so on top of their science.
  • Homosexuality - The article lists 4 Bible entries saying "don't do it" (shame they missed the opportunity to list the Bible entries supporting slavery).
  • Reagan - "Considered by many to be the greatest American President" - who are the "many"? I don't know any of them socially.
  • Bill Clinton - clearly this article was always going to be critical, but this criticism is special - "Clinton also attempted to use the American military to kill Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, an action which was properly seen as a mere attempt to distract the nation from the Monica Lewinsky scandal". Scandalous waste of military resources - chasing the planners of 9/11.
  • World War II - short, sweet, America wins. Has to be read to be believed.
  • Germany - "A country in central Europe that was blamed for both Wolrd Wars and claimed to be the dominate race of mankind." That's the whole entry, spelling mistake and all.
  • Gun Control - " A superior means of defense for the population is the first reason why guns should be carried by citizens". Scary article.
All in all hilarious - the unfortunate thing is these guys don't even realise they're parodying themselves.
I'd like to write a thoughtful critique of how I love America, but fear their government. However I'm starting to think that the America I love(d) is being systematically rebuilt as the America the world fears :-( Anyway, I have not time for thoughtful critiques - snap judgement says Conservapedia is bonkers.

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