Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Joke that is Called "Conservapedia"

Victor Reppert posted an article from Conservapedia that purports to highlight the hypocrisy of atheists.  This reminded me of how patently ridiculous Conservapedia is.  It's not that I think there is no hypocrisy among atheists.  But the articles there are so blatantly biased that it's difficult to see how anybody could take it seriously for any purpose at all.  In particular, I find it stunning that Victor Reppert, a philosopher with a PhD, would even consider making this the topic of a post on his blog "to generate some discussion".

To be fair, Victor says that he does not agree with all of what they say.  Which raises the question:  How much of this crap does he agree with?

If you peruse the articles in Conservapedia, it won't take long to come across statements that are patently, provably false, or simply absurd.  Try it yourself.  Go to their main page and select any topic area at random, or use the search box.  See what they have to say.

Here are a few examples:

On BFF (best friends forever):
BFF commitments, while largely unsuccessful because of the young age at which entrants begin the union, can be seen as an alternative to adolescent dating and premarital sex.
- A statement of friendship between children is seen by Conservapedia as a lifelong commitment.
On global warming:
The most accurate data—from satellites—confirms that there has been virtually no global warming since 1998.
- The data that this statement is based on has been shown to be erroneous.  In fact, the ten hottest years on record have all occurred since 1998.

On Barak Hussein Obama:
reportedly born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961
- Obama was born in Honolulu.
Obama was one of three prominent organizers of the Nation of Islam's Million Man March on Washington, D.C.
- He went to the Million Man March as an observer and a critic of Farrakhan’s tactics.

On feminism:
Most modern feminists ... do not want gender equality; they want power for the female left.
- Actually, modern feminism is primarily about gender equality.

On dinosaurs:
Creation science asserts that the biblical account, that dinosaurs were created on day six of creation[5] approximately 6,000 years ago, along with other land animals, and therefore co-existed with humans, thus debunking the Theory of Evolution and the beliefs of evolutionary scientists about the age and creation of the earth.
- The theory of evolution stands on solid ground, creationism notwithstanding.

On liberal creep:
The ferocity and savageness of the Native Americans towards American settlers has gradually been downplayed, while the relocation of the Cherokee has been gradually inflated to the point that some liberal textbooks treat it as an atrocity comparable to the Holocaust.
- Historians agree that there were significant atrocities against the Native American population, and that their numbers were reduced to a small fraction of what they were before European colonization.

Come on, Victor.  Do you really think this is a reasonable source of information for any purpose?

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