Feeds

Need hard facts? Try Conservapedia

'The truth shall set you free', claims Wiki rival

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

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.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise
Not exactly attractive to the Israeli tourist demographic
Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL
Bank: 'We are now safely patched.' Customers: 'You were using OpenSSL?'
Happy 40th Playmobil: Reg looks back at small, rude world of our favourite tiny toys
Little men straddle LOHAN, attend tiny G20 Summit... ah, sweet memories...
Forget the beach 'n' boardwalk, check out the Santa Cruz STEVE JOBS FOUNTAIN
Reg reader snaps shot of touching tribute to Apple icon
Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest
New minifigs like Monster Fighters are turning kids to the dark side
Dark SITH LORD 'Darth Vader' joins battle to rule, er, Ukraine
Only I can 'make an empire out of a republic' intones presidential candidate
Chinese company counters pollution by importing fresh air
Citizens line up for bags of that sweet, sweet mountain air
Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'
Mountain View is prankin' like it's 1999...
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.