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    Filed at 6:42 am under by dcobranchi

    Wonderful. Not only are we all conservative Christians, we’re now all moronic conservative Christians.

    Moving right along, perhaps you’ve heard of Conservapedia – the home-school movement’s answer to Wikipedia. If not, check it out for amusement purposes only; relying on it to draft one’s term paper is not advisable.

    CONSERVAPEDIA BILLS itself as the “much-needed alternative to Wikipedia,” which it calls “increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.” Wikipedia has some flaws – inaccuracy, sometimes being one of them – but anti-Christian? Anti-American?

    Conservapedia’s entry on kangaroos includes this passage, “Like all modern animals, modern kangaroos originated in the Middle East and are the descendants of the two founding members of the modern kangaroo baramin that were taken aboard Noah’s Ark prior to the Great Flood.”

    That answer might pass muster in Sunday school, but probably won’t do in a college science class.

    In attempting to counter Wikipedia’s supposed bias, Conservapedia interjects a bias of its own – along with misspellings and grammatical errors. Take this entry about the Fox News channel.

    “FOX NEWS was started in 1996 in response to the other cable news channels which all had obvious liberal biases. Because of this, Rupert Murdoch decided to start a real new channel which would tell the truth. The success of Fox news over every other news channel is because it is fair and balanced.”

    The entry continues: “[Fox] has many people on it who work to spread truth such as Sean Hannity who is a great American. … In 2005 the White House selected Tony Snow from Fox News to be the new White House press secretary which was a great honor for Fox because it showed how well it was presenting the real truth instead of the fake liberal version.”

    One hopes the young home-schoolers who rely on Conservapedia don’t rely on it alone.

    The colmnist can be reached here.

    11 Responses to “SOMEONE PLEASE SET HER STRAIGHT”


    Comment by
    christine
    March 4th, 2007
    at 12:05 pm

    I think I’m gonna throw up.


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    March 4th, 2007
    at 12:13 pm

    The email I just sent Ms. Hopkins:

    Re: Conservapedia not representative of homeschoolers

    . . . or much of anything else.

    You might want to do some more research about homeschoolers. If your latest column is any indication, you don’t really know much about us.

    Start here — NHEN.org — and discover the wonderfully diverse homeschooling community.

    Nance Confer


    Comment by
    Cavalor Epthith, Esquire
    March 4th, 2007
    at 12:32 pm

    Oh dear.


    Comment by
    Dawn
    March 4th, 2007
    at 3:23 pm

    My response;

    I imagine I’m not going to be the only homeschooling parent writing in about your March 4th column so I’ll keep it rather short. It is no more appropriate to write about homeschoolers as if we are all conservative christian flunkies then it is to write about journalists as if they were all drooling clones of Bill O’Reilly. Homeschoolers are a tremendously diverse group of people and have been since the movement began. It takes about 5 minutes with a search engine to establish that.

    Please take those 5 minutes next time you decide to include the term ‘homeschoolers’ in one of your editorials. Any implication that I, by virtue of my family’s homeschooling, somehow endorse or cheer on the slackjaws over at Conservapedia is deeply offensive and terribly, horribly icky.


    Comment by
    Anonymous
    March 4th, 2007
    at 4:15 pm

    Great minds think alike. I sent her this before I posted this a.m.:

    Conservapedia is not the “homeschool movement’s” anything. It is a product of extreme right-wing ideologues who are representative of no homeschooler I’ve ever run across. And, yes, I’ve known quite a few. We’ve been homeschooling since 2001 and I’ve been politically active within the “movement” (a really POOR descriptor) for almost as long. Yes, there are some extremely conservative folks who homeschool. Just as there are extremely conservative columnists. Ever read Bob Novak? Is he representative of your “movement”? Neither is Andrew Schlafly representative of me and mine.

    If you have any questions or I can be of any service please feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Daryl Cobranchi
    Home Education & Other Stuff (cobran...hi.com)


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    March 5th, 2007
    at 11:10 am

    ROTFLMAO!!!

    “It is no more appropriate to write about homeschoolers as if we are all conservative christian flunkies then it is to write about journalists as if they were all drooling clones of Bill O’Reilly.”


    Comment by
    Nance Confer
    March 5th, 2007
    at 11:14 am

    Ms. Hopkins response:

    Nance:

    I apologize for being overly vague. Obviously, I should have referred to
    the Christian fundamentalist portion of the movement, not homeschooling
    in general. It was a column about conservapedia, not homeschooling.

    Andrea


    Comment by
    Natalie
    March 5th, 2007
    at 12:59 pm

    Surely, journalist like Andrea know that readers latch on to details within an article outside of its “focus”. Whether she means to or not, her word choice perpetuates a false stereotype. She should be more responsible.

    BTW, I included a submission about Conservapedia in the CoH. Since I’m not allowed to discard entries OR point and make fun of them in the Carnival, I choose a particularly moronic quote from the submission:

    “Conservapedia gives Christianity its due for being so supportive of the work of Galileo and Copernicus.”

    Bwahahaha!!


    Comment by
    JJ Ross
    March 5th, 2007
    at 2:29 pm

    Apropos of nothing except the word “flunkie” above, unschooled-into-college Favorite Daughter based a whole blog essay on that word recently, all about demanding better instruction than her unfortunately hidebound history professor was prepared to give her. If your HEKs are older, they might enjoy her rant, too. 🙂

    The Meaning of Flunkey


    Comment by
    Daryl
    March 5th, 2007
    at 3:55 pm

    She also apologized to me and offered to publish my email as a LttE.


    Comment by
    Dawn
    March 6th, 2007
    at 6:13 am

    I got the same response Daryl.