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'The truth shall set you free', claims Wiki rival
The Wikipedians among you should take note that your days of punting liberal bias may be numbered. Enter stage right Conservapedia, a "conservative encyclopedia you can trust", which has been enjoying a certain amount of attention stateside for its unashamedly and decidedly non-liberal content.
Conservapedia (Motto: "The truth shall set you free") is the brainchild of Andy Schlafly, who was moved to act when "teaching a history class to home-schooled teens" and confronted with the term "BCE", or "before the common era", in one student's assignment. "Where did that come from?" he asked, only to receive the chilling reply: "Wikipedia."
At this moment, according to the LA Times, Schlafly "knew he had to act". While Wikipedia was "written and edited by self-appointed experts worldwide" and "riddled with liberal bias", it was also drier than a nun's chuff in the Jesus Christ Our Lord department.
Schlafly, described as "the son of Republican activist Phyllis Schlafly [and] a Harvard-educated attorney who practices in Chester, N.J", cites the disturbing example of Wiki's entry on golfer Zach Johnson, winner of the 2007 Masters, which contains "not a single word about how Johnson gave credit for his win to Jesus Christ".
Conservapedia made a low-key entry into the burgeoning irrefutable fact market last November, with Schlafly "urging his students to post brief - often one-sentence - entries on ancient history". Since then it had "grown explosively", attracting increasing numbers of "fair, scholarly articles" to the "largest and most reliable online educational resources of its kind", according to the mission statement.
A trawl of Conservapedia's fair, scholarly articles, quickly located the aforementioned Zach Johnson:
"This is very surreal - very, very surreal," Johnson said as he talked with reporters near the 18th green that the victory meant even more on Easter, as he credited Jesus and his late grandfather for helping him steel nerves. "This being Easter, I cannot help but believe my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was walking with me. I owe this to him."
Brits, meanwhile, will doubtless enjoy the entry on our very own Iron Lady, described as "a strong supporter of the the United States", who was "a good friend of President Ronald Reagan", and who united with him "in actions against the Communists". Whether the latter is a reference to Nicaragua's Sandinista government or the National Union of Mineworkers is not noted.
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