Alternative site by Christians has become target of mockery on Web March 1, 2007Posted by C.A.R.D in anti-Christian, Boing Boing, Christians, Conservapedia, Mark Frauenfelder, ScienceBlogs, ScienceBlogs network, Wiki, Wikipedia.
An alternative Wikipedia written by conservative Christians has become a major target of mockery on the web.
Conservapedia, a wiki-based encyclopedia that offers the historical record from a conservative perspective, is attracting lots of derisive comments on blogs and a growing number of phony articles written by mischief makers.
Conservapedia “is a gold mine of unintentional hilarity,” wrote Mark Frauenfelder on Boing Boing last Monday.
The Wonkette political blog encouraged its readers to contribute to “this fast-growing, Jeebus-and-America-friendly online resource.” So did the ScienceBlogs network, which said, “There’s much fun to be had.”
Even conservative commentators like Andrew Sullivan are bemused.
Conservapedia brands itself on its main page as “a much-needed alternative to Wikipedia, which is increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.”
“The site is intended as a resource for the general audience, but without the defects of Wikipedia,” says Conservapedia’s project leader, Andy Schlafly, a conservative writer and attorney.
Schlafly argues that Wikipedia’s content displays a liberal bias, and that the site is rife with so much gossip, vulgarity and long-winded writing that it has become unusable as an educational resource.
In fact, creating a conservative-minded online encyclopedia for students was Schlafly’s prime motivation for launching Conservapedia. He started the site in late November 2006 in conjunction with 58 high-school-level, home-schooled students from the New Jersey area.