Conservative Takes on Wikipedia

'Conservapedia' plays David to allegedly liberal Goliath
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2007 7:30 AM CDT
Conservative Takes on Wikipedia
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Unhappy with what he perceives as Wikipedia's liberal bias, a conservative lawyer has launched, a religious-right-friendly answer to the online encyclopedia. Conservapedia has some 12,000 entries (to Wikipedia's 1.8 million in English) and several thousand readers and volunteer writers. It includes multiple Bible verses, psychoanalyzes Hillary Clinton, and equates "femininity" with being "childlike, gentle, pretty, willowy, submissive."

Andy Schafly (son of Phyllis) started the site after learning that Wikipedia used the notation BCE rather than BC in dating events. Says one critic: "The project specifically targets high-schoolers, and that's probably what I find most dangerous." Although it's only been operational since November, it already has a spinoff watchdog site, RationalWiki, that monitors and occasionally vandalizes Conservapedia. (More Wikipedia stories.)

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