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Shelley Lewis

Shelley Lewis

Posted: February 23, 2007 03:38 PM

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


All of you bloggers and term paper writers who use Wikipedia for research take note: it turns out it's full of anti-Christian and anti-American entries.

That's why we have to say thank you to Conservapedia (and to Wonkette for bringing the good news to our attention). Conservapedia is a new website that explains its mission this way:

"Conservapedia is a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American...."

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."
Also, Wikipedia doesn't given enough credit to Christianity when discussing the Renaissance.

Are you outraged yet at the liberal bias lurking just beneath the surface of Wikipedia?

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." 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."

Conservapedia says it began in November of last year as a project for a World History class of 58 homeschooled and college-bound kids in New Jersey.

Too bad Conservapedia does not have a listing for the term "fixed earth," as in, the earth in fact is fixed at the center of the universe, and everything revolves around it (er, us).

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, as it is a religious doctrine cooked up by The Pharisees, using rabbinic writings from the Kabbala. The memo suggested checking out fixedearth.com, 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, and the Kabbalist cabal in Hollywood, although for some reason Madonna isn't even mentioned.

Now, good old Warren didn't write the memo; it was signed by his pal, a Georgia legislator named Ben Bridges, who also denies writing it. However, Bridges has twice tried to introduce legislation in Georgia to ban the teaching of evolution in schools, and Mr. Fixedearth.com, Marshall Hall, says he wrote the memo and had Bridges' permission to use his name on it.

The story got some attention last week, especially after the New York Times picked it up. The update is Warren Chisum is now scheduled for a meeting with the Anti-Defamation League of North Texas next month, set up apparently with the help of a Jewish former legislator who said Chisum is not anti-Semitic.

Note to Warren Chisum: Speaking as a Jew, I would say the issue isn't that the memo reveals anti-Semitism, it's that it reveals batshit crazyism. Who do you apologize to for that?