Conservapedia

By Sean Carroll | February 22, 2007 11:25 pm

Everyone is having their fun with Conservapedia, a rightward-tilting alternative to Wikipedia that aims to ensure that future generations of conservatives grow up really dumb. A mildly-close look reveals that the major biases of Wikipedia that made this new project worth launching are (1) their insistence in using “CE” (Common Era) rather than “AD” (Anno Domini) in giving dates, and (2) the occasional Anglicized spelling. For some great examples of the way self-professed conservatives view the world, see Jon Swift, or a roundup of sciencey responses by Mark Chu-Carroll.

Here are my personal favorites, after five minutes of clicking around. Links to specific versions, as they keep changing, of course. But these look sincere, not the result of vandalism by naughty liberals!

  • Atheism
    Atheism is the disbelief in the existence of any supernatural deity. This disbelief can take a number of forms, such as the assertion that deities do not exist, or the absence of any belief in any deity.

    Stalin and Richard Dawkins are prominent atheists. Dawkins wrote a book, called “The God Delusion”. Stalin is now dead, having killed millions of people in the name of Marxis-Leninism (which is predicated on atheism).

    Since atheists have no God, as a philosophical framework atheism simply provides no logical basis for any moral standard. They live their lives according to the rule that “anything goes”. In recent years, this has led to a large rise in crime[1], drug use, pre-marital sex, teenage pregnancy,[2] pedophilia[3] and bestiality.

The road from atheism to bestiality is shorter than you think!

  • Stalin
    Josef Stalin was an atheist communist Russian dictator during World War II. He was defeated by Adolf Hitler, despite Hitler also being an atheist.

That’s the entire entry. I can’t decide which is more amusing — the amazement that one atheist could defeat another in battle, or the judgment that Hitler defeated Stalin.

  • Albert Einstein
    Einstein’s work had nothing to do with the development of the atomic bomb. Nothing useful has even been built based on the theory of relativity. Only one Nobel Prize (in 1993 and not to Einstein) has ever been given that even remotely relates to the theory of relativity. Many things predicted by the theory of relativity, such as gravitons, have never been found despite much searching for them. Many observed phenomenon, such as the bending of light passing near the sun or the advance of the perihelion in the orbit of Mercury, can be also predicted by Newton’s theory.

Can’t make this stuff up.

  • Anything Goes
    “Anything Goes” is the title of a 1934 musical production written by Cole Porter. Popular songs from the musical include “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “Anything Goes.”

    Because Porter was a homosexual, we can conclude that ‘anything goes’ was also his philosophy of life. Many atheists have adopted the song as a description of their “moral” code.

Getting the message yet?

  • Sex
    1. The process by which offspring are conceived.
    2. Another term for gender.

Again, that’s the entire entry. But it says so much, don’t you think?

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  • http://www.domenicdenicola.com Domenic Denicola

    Wow Sean, that was amazing. Actual laughing-out-loud. You indeed can’t make that stuff up.

    I’m so glad you concerned bloggers are willing to take the time to find such priceless material all over the intarwebs; without you, I’d think the funniest part of Conservapedia was its stance on elementary proofs.

  • http://eipipuz.blogspot.com Guillermo Alcantara

    Wow!

    On bush, there’s nothing of interest, bnut how about Clinton!

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Bill_Clinton
    “…Bill Clinton managed to serve two terms without botching the prosecution of two wars, manipulating intelligence, engaging in a systematic program of torture, or mishandling the federal response to flooding of a major American city. Obviously, he is the devil incarnate…”

  • http://eipipuz.blogspot.com Guillermo Alcantara

    Sorry to dupe, but…

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Liberal

    A liberal in the early 1800s in Europe was one who favored more powerful elected assemblies. The term was common in France shortly after the French Revolution. Modern liberals are treasonous [1] and generally hate America [2].

    Or

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Christ

    The name Jesus is simply the name “Joshua” translated first into Greek, then English. In Christian discourse, the name Jesus almost always refers specifically to Jesus of Nazareth, believed by Christian followers to be God’s dad, who came to earth as a human c 2 AD. However, God has recently revealed on His blog that Jesus is actually His nephew, not His son. [1]

    Many atheists claim that there is no evidence of Jesus outside the Bible,(Citation Needed) but few scholars take this seriously.(Citation Needed) Historical evidence for Jesus is comparable to that of many historical personalities such as Caesar, Alexander the Great, Attila the Hun, and Socrates, and many others. Historical context indicates that as a ‘rabbi’ in judea, Jesus would have been married. An explaination for his lack of a wife may be that he was a confirmed bachelor, and had twelve men to fufill his needs.

    It’s amazing!!

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/joanne/ JoAnne

    Thanks, Sean. I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time!

  • Cliff Moore

    The “Slavery”, “J. Robert Oppenheimer”, and “Ronald Reagan” entries are pretty entertaining too.

  • http://www.chrononaut.org/~dm/ David Moles

    Ah, you have to have an account to post, and they’ve already blocked creation of new accounts. Darn, I was really looking forward to updating the lovely but rather terse Darwin article with information on his “man-panzee” theory, as attested in [Dafoe 2004]…

  • http://www.pieterkok.com/index.html PK

    Haha, very funny indeed! Of course Hitler was not an atheist at all, but a catholic. So I’m afraid we can’t claim him for our “anything goes” cause.

  • http://www.scottaaronson.com Scott Aaronson

    From the quantum mechanics article:

    Unfortunately, the idea of non-determinstic physics runs contrary to the Biblical worldview of an omnipotent diety. Thus, quantum mechanics remains a flawed, ultimately incorrect theory.

    Clearly I’m behind the times — I thought quantum nondeterminism was needed for free will.

  • http://realityconditions.blogspot.com Alejandro

    I suspect that sincemany of the Science Blogs linked to it Consevapedia has been flooded by pranksters trying to write self-parodic articles. The ones on Clinton and Jesus that Guillermo cites are almost certainly examples of this. The problem is that with such crazy ideas you can never be really sure of what is a parody… that’s waht Poe’s Law is all about.

  • Mattias

    Great stuff! Really easy to check references on the science articles as well since it’s only one.

    Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Chemistry. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1998

  • http://baboonlogic.com anshul

    Whoever came up with the idea of this Conservapedia is a genius! This has the potential to become hilariously better than uncyclopedia and Encyclopedia Dramatica. Both of those lack a certain direction to the humor which this won’t!

    They still don’t have an entry on Linux! Hehe…

  • Johan Couder

    PK:
    “Haha, very funny indeed! Of course Hitler was not an atheist at all, but a catholic. So I’m afraid we can’t claim him for our “anything goes” cause.”

    Don’t give up hope. A 5 second search on the web reveals that
    “People often make the claim that Adolph Hitler adhered to Atheism, Humanism or some ancient Nordic pagan mythology. None of these fanciful and wrong ideas hold…” (Jim Walker, NoBeliefs.com)

    But lo and behold !
    “It is sometimes said that Hitler was a believer in God and specifically that he was a Christian or at least was brought up as a Catholic … (blahblah) … In conclusion, it is reasonable beyond doubt to say that Hitler was not at any stage of his life a Christian” (Edward Bartlett-Jones, who says he’s an agnostic, at bede.org.uk, apparently an apologetics site)

    Well, maybe when we all go to hell we can ask da man himself

  • Johan Couder

    but oh wat fun the web can be

    “In his table talk entry for 25/1/1942, Hitler says he favours theories that about 10,000 years ago a catastrophe happened between the Moon and the Earth, with floods and fires , causing a calamitous collapse of the golden civilisations which existed then, and leaving just a few people alive on the world, who were able to find higher ground. (Hitler also claims the Bible contains a garbled recollection of this event)”
    http://stevencarrwork.blogspot.com/2006/09/hitler-darwinist.html

    He even spoilt it for the Creationists !!!

  • ronan

    I thought quantum nondeterminism was needed for free will.

    Not quite. Quantum nondeterminism is required for acting randomly. Free Will would require supernatural spirits which are not bounded by the constraints of our physical universe.

  • http://mollishka.blogspot.com mollishka

    I can’t help but think of what Stephen Colbert mentioned at the White House Press Corespondents’ dinner last year: “Reality has a well-known liberal bias.”

    Though, seriously, this has to be a joke, right? If they wanted to make an online encyclopedia free of bias, they wouldn’t call it something so blatantly biased, right? … Right?

  • puellasolis

    Mollishka, that’s exactly what I thought of!

    You really can’t make this stuff up. I’m sure Newton would have been plenty surprised to hear that gravitational lensing came out of his theories!

    Check out the entry for homosexuality… a one-line definition, a quotation from Leviticus, and a link to… wait for it… the Boy Scouts.

  • http://www.mpe.mpg.de/~erwin/ Peter Erwin

    From the entry on Kangaroos:

    Like all modern animals, modern kangaroos originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two founding members of the modern kangaroo baramin that were taken aboard Noah’s Ark prior to the Great Flood.

  • John Phillips

    The problem is that it is almost impossible to distinguish what is and isn’t parody. However, if it is mainly not parody, I can’t decide if it is hilariously frightening or frighteningly hilarious :) As for the quality of the pieces that apparently aren’t parody, though to repeat, it is difficult to decide, I am only surprised that they know how to use a computer, let alone make a wiki entry.

    If this is the result of home schooling, as claimed in the about section, then I think it is only a matter of time before many of the originators become applicants for the Darwin award. I only hope that they don’t take any of the rest of us with them in the process.

  • http://www.chrononaut.org/~dm/ David Moles

    Johan, that’s the Welteislehre of Hans Hoerbiger you’re looking at — Himmler was a big fan but I don’t think it ever became official party dogma — maybe because it conflicted with Hollow Earth Theory.

    Oddly, I can’t find entries for any of those on Conservapedia….

  • Lord

    I always thought we needed a comedic version of Wikipedia. Now they just need to add different flavors, like puns, euphemisms, etc.

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  • olli

    @puellasolis: In Query 1 of “Opticks” Newton asks: “Do not Bodies act upon Light at a distance, and by their action bend its Rays?” Gravitational light deflection can indeed be predicted from Newtonian physics, only problem is the bending angle comes out a factor 2 too small.

  • Dr. William Dyer

    You know this makes me think we could lessen the Wikipedia editing problems they have with a honey pot styled solution. Why not just start a new one, Trollpedia or Truthipedia and basically let people have at it. Left, Right, Up, and Down would have a place to rewrite reality to their little hearts content. For observers it would be the digital equivalent of going to the local zoo’s Ape house.

  • David Elliott

    PK You mention that Hilter was a Catholic.

    You’re very right. He was also born in Austria.
    Did you know that Arnold Schwarzenegger is also an Austrian Roman Catholic?
    Does that frighten you?

  • http://rumorsweretrue.wordpress.com/ topher

    I giggled like an atheist schoolgirl. Thanks for putting this together.

  • spyder

    Wait a minute. You mean that Consevapedia is not a satirical parody site, developed to spoof conservatives who complain about Wikipedia???? This domain is for real?? Oh dear me, it turns out that i might have been not laughing my entire ass off to the extent that it so now richly deserves. To consider that this is not parody in the spirit of Mad Magazine, but rather an attempt, in the spirit of reconstructive dominionism, indeed adds so much more to the belly-aching hysterical laughing.

  • http://kea-monad.blogspot.com Kea

    I find this far too scary to laugh much. There are enough of them to keep a big wiki going?

  • http://randomassignment.com alf

    I threw up a little in my mouth while reading that, sad to think that people can be that stupid and believe that shit.

  • spyder

    then there is this:
    http://scienceblogs.com/dispatches/2007/02/a_new_meaning_to_prayer_in_sch.php

    This is a strange story. The principal and several teachers from a school in Florida, apparently concerned that their kids weren’t prepared for a state assessment test, decided to go classroom to classroom saying a prayer for their students to do better. In the process, they “anointed” all of the desks with oil because, apparently, God is more likely to answer a prayer if it’s marinated in oil (presumably extra virgin oil, given His taste for virgins).

    The principal, Mary LeDoux, reported it had been a difficult day with high levels of misbehavior, and the state’s standardized assessment test was scheduled to be administered the following week…

    “It was staff members on their own time who said, ‘Do you mind if we say some prayers for the kids on the Friday night before FCAT, so the kids would do well?'” LeDoux told the Times.

    Forget any church/state issues, there are several other questions that come immediately to mind. First, this whole notion of prayer is patently absurd. The only way the students will do well is if they know the material; either they know it or they don’t. The only way this prayer could be answered is by God artificially “zapping” the correct information into the brains of the students. So let’s think about that for a moment…

    Rather than relying on good teaching to make sure their students are prepared for this test, these teachers and administrators choose instead to rely on supplications to supernatural beings to do what they, evidently, believe they themselves have failed to do. In essence, they are advocating divine cheating, asking God to make up for their failures as teachers and give students better marks than they actually deserve based on their own work. This is perverse.

    Second, I would love to hear their reaction if a group of teachers decided to go classroom to classroom burning incense and sprinkling chicken blood in the doorway to achieve the same goal. No doubt they would go absolutely ballistic and would consider it defiling the classroom. But what is the difference between believing that supernatural beings respond positively to a few drops of chicken blood and believing that they respond positively to a few drops of olive oil, or to the smell of burning goat flesh? No doubt these good Christian folks would consider anyone who thought the test scores could be increased with chicken blood and incense to have a screw loose; somehow they think their silly superstitions don’t mean the same thing.

  • absolutely

    Fer crissakes, its a parody site you dumb jackasses.

  • http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/sean Sean

    Nice try, but — it’s all too sincere, I’m afraid.

  • Elliot

    My favorite part is the “commandments” regarding posting. One commandment is that you must always tell the truth. Hmmmm……

    Elliot

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  • http://definitions.wordpress.com Joshua R

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism

    it got a serious over haul

    Atheism
    From Conservapedia
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    Atheism, in common usage, means “lack of belief in any Gods”. As Atheism is part of a scientific worldview which is based upon observable evidence rather than dogmatic insistence upon the veracity of superstitious claims which are unsupported by evidence, it also discounts supernatural phenomena such as the afterlife, divine revelation, ghosts, psychics, fairies, and other such ideas.

    Atheism is popularly divided into Strong and Weak Atheism: Strong Atheism can be defined as a dogma in itself: The assertion that there absolutely is no God, despite the fact that the existence of the supernatural cannot be disproven. Weak Atheists acknowledge that nothing can be disproven, and while this does not suggest that there *is* a god (no more than the fact that we cannot disprove leprechauns suggests that they exist) it would nonetheless be unscientific to declare a God or godlike being impossible. Because of this distinction, many confuse Weak Atheism with Agnosticism, even persons who believe themselves to be Agnostics.

    Atheism is closely tied with Secular Humanism. Popularly known Atheists include Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, Stephen J. Gould, Carl Sagan, Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris.
    [edit]
    Atheist morality

    Atheist morality is based upon emotion, experience and empirically derived ethics, such as those promoted by secular humanism. Atheists hold that the Bible cannot be our source of morality as it contains countless calls for immoral behavior such as killing any who try to convert you, stoning homosexuals and adulterers to death, and the institution of slavery. Instead, most Christians actually rely on their own innate philanthropic sense (which has evolved as a necessary element of communal living over millions of years) to cherry pick the pleasant parts of the Bible and ignore the rest.

    Atheists often subscribe to the secular humanist idea that it is far more ethical to do what is right simply because you feel that it’s right, rather than because you fear divine punishment. Such ethical behavior facilitates civilized living and improves the quality of life for everyone.

    The common argument that Naziism and Stalinism were atheistic in nature and that their violence stemmed from that nature ignores more recent examples of what they actually were; Personality cults. Hitler, Stalin, Lenin, and more recently despots like Kim Jong Il were or are at the center of governments which enforce reverence unto them as though they were deities.

    As for allegations that atheism contributes to crime, here are studies showing that in fact the opposite is true: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article571206.ece

    Finally, evidence of the inverse correlation between religiosity and intelligence: http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/religiosity-and-intelligence/

  • http://www.amara.com/ Amara

    After following a few google trails in the blogsphere, Conservapedia seems to be the effort of Roger and Andy Schlafly. See here for their writings on talk.origins.

  • http://shotgunfreude.blogspot.com/ Bryan

    Thanks – this has provided a wealth of astonishing amusements.

    Click on the “history” tabs (e.g. http://www.conservapedia.com/index.php?title=Equal_Rights_Amendment&action=history ), and you might notice much of the content throughout the site is credited to “Aschlafly”, who indeed takes credit as and apparently actually is Andy Schlafly. I’m sure this has no bearing on a few odd coincidences such as the far greater attention paid to the entry on “Equal Rights Amendment” than say, France (which has 21 words right now) or Beethoven, and includes this gem of vital knowledge:

    “35 out of 38 states passed this amendment, but opposition led by Phyllis Schlafly then defeated it.”

    Wow! Schlafly must be a really common name or something. What a coincidence.

    This site’s locus of excellence, though, is the entry for “Dinosaur”. Each version in the history is a gem of unique merits, but for the flavor, here is just the current version:

    “From the Latin for “terrible lizard”, dinosaurs were a group of large lizards that previously lived in abundance on Earth.

    “Evolutionists claim that dinosaurs roamed the planet from 230 million until 65 million years ago and that they are all currently extinct.

    “Dinosaurs are not explicitly mentioned in the Bible, although the behemoth in Job[1] and the leviathan in Isaiah are considered by creation scientists to represent the brachiosaurus and kronosaurus respectively. [2]”

  • Paul Schmit

    Anyone see the page on evolution?

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Evolution

    Funny how these people only express interest in science when it seems to refute another, relatively more controversial scientific maxim. Case in point- the claim in the article above that evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics. Obviously these people don’t know how to define a closed system…absolutely hilarious.

  • Paul Schmit

    Btw, has anyone wondered why exactly mainstream Western religion posits that the universe is ~10,000 years old? My thought is that for every order of magnitude you add to the age of the universe, the difficulty of weaving together a self-consistent, continuous account for all of history becomes exponentially more tedious and insurmountable.

    Kudos to all of science for weaving together such a story that extends another six orders of magnitude out.

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  • Mike Sipior

    @Paul Schmit:

    The young-Earthers believe that the Earth was created in the year 6006 BC (around October 14, iirc), because a fourth-century monk decided to add up all the “begats” in the Bible, took the ages of these as literal years, and worked backwards to that date. Really.

    M.

  • JCD

    One of my favorites is the entry for Japan, which in its entirety is:

    “Group of islands of the western coast of Asia.”

    So simple. So wrong. So entertaining.

  • http://www.amara.com/ Amara

    The first thing I did on Conservapedia was put in one country name after another, in order to learn how the authors viewed the world. Japan was not the only country that was “So simple. So wrong. So entertaining.”

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  • Paul Schmit

    @ Mike,

    Yes, many Christian and Jewish sects interpret the depiction of events in the Old Testament as a chronological history, using several different markers and key words to set up constraints on the maximum amount of time that might have passed during and between events. The Young Earthers are certainly a large constituent of this group of people, but they are not alone, and are joined by many more groups of Christians and Jewish followers. What’s interesting is that many ancient natural philosophers (Aristotle, Democritus, Lucretius, etc etc) and many Eastern religions (Buddhism and Hindu to name a couple large ones) have all placed the age of the Earth, and in many cases the entire universe, at anything from tens of millions of years to an eternity. Of course, these estimates in most cases likely didn’t have a definite chronological account for all of history attached to them and were likely more instinctual guesses, so that is where the Old Testament becomes somewhat unique.

    My thought was primarily that it is an awfully interesting coincidence that the age of the world postulated by those willing to believe in the linearity of the events depicted in the Bible happens to extend a minimum number of orders of magnitude (namely, 1) beyond the ages of the oldest cultures with (relatively) well-documented historical footprints. Just old enough to capture the faith of people with no more than a cursory knowledge of ancient history and a skepticism or lack of knowledge regarding modern scientific beliefs. And what’s better, the whole account fits in a single book (rather than requiring a veritable Testament Britannica)…great marketing, I must say.

  • Elliot

    No articles on “Schafly” or “homosexual”…. Seems somewhat incomplete for a conservative compendium. ;)

    Elliot

  • http://www.tom-mcgee.com Tom

    “The existence of unicorns is controversial. Secular opinion is that they are mythical. However, they are referred to in the Bible nine times, which provides an unimpeachable de facto argument for their once having been in existence.

    Post-Noachian references to unicorns have led some researchers to argue that unicorns are still alive today. At the very least, it is likely that they were taken aboard the Ark prior to the Great Flood.”

    And little girls everywhere are heard squealing in delight.

  • Elliot

    for you history buffs …

    “In November 1980, the first modern conservative was elected president of the United States: Ronald Reagan. For the next 25 years the influence of him and those who supported him is still being felt. President Reagan cut taxes and defeated communism. He also had the most original and influential idea of any president in American history: the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), known by its critics as “Star Wars.”

    LOL

  • http://trumpy303.fuckyouanddie.com/ Ryan Smith

    Spanish-American War
    “The war between America and Spain for control of Cuba, the Phillipines and other Spainish colonies, which America, being a Christian nation, won, while Spain, being a Catholic country, lost.”

  • olli

    Not to defend conservapedia, but it should probably be pointed out that many of those articles were actually written by children. The article on Japan, for instance, was written by a seventh-grader who, judging from her user’s page, is obviously more interested in cute little rabbits and kitties than the geography of eastern asia. To quote from “About Conservapedia”: “Conservapedia began in November 2006, as the class project for a World History class of 58 advanced homeschooled and college-bound students meeting in New Jersey.” Criticism and derision should be aimed at those who run conservapedia, not at those students and their little articles.

  • R. Hono

    I followed one commenter’s suggestion on countries to find what thorough, detailed (if openly biased) information it would provide on a country I lived in for quite some time: Brazil. I reproduce here – in it’s entirety – the amazingly insightful article being used to educate good Christians here in the U.S. on a neighbor to the south:

    BRAZIL – A lie propagated by godless hedonistic liberals.

    Wow. That tells me so much. Those Conservapedia trained kids are going to be geniuses. Definitely will be much more qualified for the State Department than the bozos we have there now.

  • Elliot

    I suspect public school 7th graders could do a better (and more factual) job.

  • Yajnavalkya

    Huh?? There’s no longer any entry for sex??? I just hope that with this deletion of sex from their collective vocabulary, they’ll hopefully soon forget “The process by which offspring are conceived.” and just go the way the dodo did …

  • Elliot

    Brazil ???? Maybe they are mistakenly referring to Donna Brazille the democratic politico.

    e.

  • ronan

    > they’ll hopefully soon forget “The process by which offspring are conceived.”

    No such luck. Ignorance about sex just means that instinct takes over. This helps explain why the “red states” have the highest rates of teen sex, out-of-wedlock pregnancy, and abortion in the nation.

  • http://huperborea.blogspot.com/ Robert O’Brien

    As for allegations that atheism contributes to crime, here are studies showing that in fact the opposite is true: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article571206.ece

    For the curious, Gregory Paul‘s “study” has been thoroughly discredited.

  • Mustafa Mond, FCD

    Josef Stalin was an atheist communist Russian dictator during World War II. He was defeated by Adolf Hitler, despite Hitler also being an atheist.

    Ha! They’re both Mormon.

  • Cynthia

    Since I’ve somehow managed to have escaped atheism’s dirty laundry list of aberrant behaviors, I can only surmise that I must be an anomaly of sorts amongst atheists.;)

  • Elliot

    Cynthia,

    You mean you haven’t murdered millions of innocents? Anomaly indeed. ;)

    e.

  • Pamela

    Not to defend it, but you must have caught it on a bad day, because none of the entries you listed were the same on the site, including (and especially) the part about atheism adding to crime, pregnancy, etc.

  • Cynthia

    Elliot, hate to admit it, but I certainly wasn’t talking about the drug use and the pre-marital sex kinda aberrances.;)

  • Dean

    Wow, I never knew just how much metrial john stewart and stephen colbert get!!

    still, extremely worrying that even if 5% of americans believed this, that it would be more people than some small countries….

  • Ivan

    You clearly have an anti-liberal, anti-jew, anti-freedom of belief agenda. Albert Einstein’s Theory of relativity is directly related to the physics behind the atomic bomb and the multiplication of energy upon fusion of mass using nuclear particles.
    http://www.doug-long.com/einstein.htm

    Stalin defeated Hitler after a very long and taxing battle. Try picking up a history book and actually reading something before you begin to rant. Also, Marxist-Leninism according to Marx’s manifesto requires a community to co-operate and support each other, not lay around and simply sharing everything.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marxism#Structural_Marxism
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Barbarossa#Outcome

    All I ask is that you do some research and open your eyes before you go promoting propaganda that isn’t true. Thanks.

  • Dave

    Wow! I think I found the longest article on Conservapedia while hitting the ‘Random Article’ button a few times!

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Was_it_wrong_for_him_to_allow_the_attack_in_order_to_wake_up_the_American_public_and_motivate_Americans_to_fight_and_win_the_war%3F

    Here’s the top part of the article:

    Was it wrong for him to allow the attack in order to wake up the American public and motivate Americans to fight and win the war?
    From Conservapedia
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    Absolutely not. The attack was necessary to gird the hearts and loins of patriotic but unmotivated Americans to win the war against un-American forces. The 3000 innocents killed were a tragic loss, to be sure, but without them a terrible dictator would still be gassing his own people, and developing weapons to use against us. These are the terrible but necessary choices a Commander-in-chief must make.

    Bob

    Did he really?! I havn’t heard of this but will research it. If he did know thEn he was wrong.

    After that, you learn that the, er…. intellectuals…. over at Conservapedia are talking about the bombing of Pearl Harbour, and the discussion continues badly from there.

    Real gems these are, no?

  • http://www.seattle-mafia.org/ David Blomstrom

    Wow, they ought to change their domain name to http://www.dorkapedia.org. This ought to be really popular here in Seattle, where the liberals are just as stupid as conservatives. Sheez.

  • mar

    It’s got to be a joke. Check the entry on Jesus.

    http://www.conservapedia.com/Jesus

    And I quote:

    The name Jesus is simply the name “Joshua” translated first into Greek, then English. In Christian discourse, the name Jesus almost always refers specifically to Jesus of Nazareth, believed by Christian followers to be God’s dad, who came to earth as a human c 2 AD. However, God has recently revealed on His blog that Jesus is actually His nephew, not His son. [1]

    No serious relligiously conservative enclyclopedia could have this on what has to be one of its main pages.

  • Ross

    Jesus is his nephew?? So, was this god dude having sex
    with his sister-in-law? I’m confused.

    Seems to me the only reason the nutters take the bible
    as an authoritative text is that it has been in print.
    All stories passed by word of mouth from generation
    to generation are clearly only ‘myths’.

    As for Pearl Harbour, facts known to the Japanese for 120 years have recently entered the popular press that
    the US (and other European) navies used to sit off
    Japanese cities and shell civilians and houses until
    christian missionaries were allowed entry by the Shogun.

    “Give me christianity or give me death” Right?

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  • notKeith

    I’m really bummed that you cannot create an account. Their friggin’ documentation still tells you how to do it. Reminds me of the Southern Baptist Convention web site, immediately after Lonnie Latham (pastor of Southern Tulsa Baptist Church and executive of the organization) was arrested trying to give a blowjob to a cop – their site had blank spots where they had yanked his name, photo and credentials, but left the frames. Very funny.

    Hey – why isn’t there a page for “Lonnie Latham” on conservapedia? There certainly is one on wikipedia. And I, for one, am DISGUSTED at the liberal slant facts have, as reported by Stephen Colbert.

  • http://www.lostotter.co.nz Sam F

    The entry on France is worth the price of admission alone – that of course being absolutely squat. I was expecting screeds on hyperliberalism and defeatism in the War on Terror, and I get this.

    http://www.conservapedia.com/France

    “A country in Europe. Thrived during the middle ages. The capitol is Paris, France, which was founded in the Middle Ages.”

    I’m going to close that site now before I die of LOL and fail my thesis.

  • http://countiblis.blogspot.com Count Iblis

    #38 Paul Schmit

    Btw, has anyone wondered why exactly mainstream Western religion posits that the universe is ~10,000 years old?

    I think this has to do with the fact that 10,000 years ago the Ice Age ended. After that period there was a population explosion, rise of civilizations etc. The stories about life in the Ice Age would not be relevant to the people anymore and would not be transferred to the next generation.

    When people thousands of years later try to reconstruct history based on known stories, then that reconstructed history starts about 10,000 years ago.

  • kanat

    Here’s the current entry on Sex:

    This page has been deleted, and protected to prevent re-creation

    No page. Sex doesn’t exist at all so far as conservapedia is concerned. Try as they may, I doubt they can prevent sexual recreation. Head in the sand may be their only form of protection.

    On other news, love doesn’t exist either.

  • http://countiblis.blogspot.com Count Iblis

    Kanat, you have to realize that Conservapedia is the wikipedia of the rightwingoverse :)

  • Kevin Murphy

    Ya know, the young-earth creationist moron faction does not quite cover all conservatives. No more than Shining Path Maoists should be accepted as examples of “liberals.” These folks are an embarrassment to any faction they adhere to.

    Most Conservatives deeply resent these fools using their label. Even most Christians view them as nutters. al-Christa, if you ask me.

  • Some Australian dude

    That website is simple bullshit. If Conservapedia was the primary source of information in today’s world, we’d have a generation of kids that won’t know what sex is. That generation would probably die out due to lack of procreation.

  • shotgun steele

    This is priceless – and yet very, very scary. I think someone above said something like ‘if 5% of americans belive this…’, i get the distinct impression that its nearer 25% (including those who are uneducated enough to learn via a miosis of bigoted, fundamentalist thoughts). Can we all pool our collective objective and ‘liberal’ minds together to set up “anythinggoes.org” and see how riled we can get these poor misguided fools?

    Also may i just flag up the Dinosaur entry – namely

    “There are a number of lines of evidence that point to dinosaurs and man co-existing… explorers have reported seeing a live dinosaur” – and “Fossils: The preserved remains of once-living organisms.”

    Thank goodness, and what a relief. I grew up being told by my conservative-christian friends that dinosaur remains and fossils were merely put on earth by God to test us. At the very least i can sleep a little easier at night in the knowledge that he isnt a trickster God. Phew.

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