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Welcome To Reality

In Miscellaneous on October 14, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hello. By now, I’m sure many of you have heard of Conservapedia, the conservative version of Wikipedia. In case you’ve somehow missed this though, I suppose I’ll fill you in.

Conservapedia was founded by attorney and home-school teacher Andrew Schlafly. It is intended to be a “conservative, family-friendly Wiki encyclopedia” (http://www.conservapedia.com/Conservapedia). Supposedly, Schlafly realized that Wikipedia contained liberal and anti-Christian biases when a student in his home schooling program turned in a paper with the markings “BCE” and “CE”, as opposed to “BC” and “AD” (despite the fact that this new system of denominating eras was agreed upon by historians in an attempt to remove bias against non-Christians, and was not invented by Wikipedia). Since its founding, it has become a haven for inaccurate information, birthers, young-earthers, geocentrists, and ad hominem attacks against everything that isn’t conservative and Christian, among other things. It has also inspired a slew of “reality has a liberal bias” jokes, which, in light of much of the information on Conservapedia, are funny because, well, they’re true. And to be honest, I sometimes have a hard time believing that Conservapedia isn’t just a very well disguised and extremely detailed piece of satire. Oh, if only.

This blog is intended to show the flaws in the information provided by Conservapedia and similar sites. I took the name of the blog, Deliberate Ignorance, from one Conservapedia’s favorite insults towards those who disagree with them. This blog is not intended as a personal attack against conservatives, but rather is an effort to respond to the massive volumes of misinformation provided by “the Trustworthy Encyclopedia” and its ilk. I know there have been many refutations made across the web in response to Conservapedia’s claims, but many of these tend to focus on individual pages (for example, the first few pages of search results for “refuting conservapedia” are dominated by refutations of Conservapedia’s article on atheism). I intend to go through as many articles as I can manage to give corrections on faulty information where I am able to. I will never be able to keep up, I know. But it doesn’t hurt to try, right?

So, kick back and enjoy. I’ll do my best to keep you entertained while providing reliable information on the subjects I’ll be commenting on. First critique coming soon…

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