Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The Dumbest Website on Earth

Thanks to Craig for sharing this article in the LATimes about Conservapedia, the brain-child of Andy Schlafly, the fruit of Phyllis Schlafly's loins. It's the anti-Wikipedia website, set up to combat the perceived liberal bias of the known world and to bring comfort to people who apparently can't deal with the last thousand years of science. It's aimed specifically at high school students who've been raised to believe that Christians are being persecuted in the good ole U.S. of A.

Example: Conservapedia articles maintain that the earth and all its contents are less than 10,000 years old.

Environmentalists are "people who profess concern about the environment." (Ah! We get how this works: "Republican candidates are men and women who profess belief in Jesus Christ in order to get votes.")

Anyway, get into Conservapedia and you won't get out for a while. It's a hall of mirrors, reflecting a self-congratulatory set of "facts" meant to flatter the rightness of the True Believer's faith, the World According to Phyllis Schlafly, a.k.a., Cut Off Your Nose to Spite Your Face.

Which is what brought us to Conservapedia's entry for "Homosexuality," to see how the Schlafly Universe was dealing with Phyllis's oldest son John, a lawyer who admitted he was gay in 1992. Not only does John work for his mother and The Eagle Forum, the anti-abortion, anti-gay rights org she founded, but he also evidently buys into the Company Line that his sexuality is by definition immoral. We then looked up "self-loathing" on Conservapedia, expecting to see a picture of John Schlafly. Instead, we were led to this debate: "Is President Bush Good for America?" It took a minute, but we see the connection!

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