Friday, February 23, 2007

The Wonderful World of Magical Thinking V

The week in fundie . . .

*Conservapedia: the Right's response to Wikipedia's "increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American" bias. What's their evidence for such bias, I hear you ask? Wikipedia uses CE and BCE instead of AD and BC, the Christ-o-phobes. Via Pharyngula.

*Via Dispatches we also hear tell of an article in the respected conservative news site World Net Daily, regarding the singing of angels being captured on tape.

*The day a non-theist is elected to politics in the United States will be the day Satan turns to one of his henchmen and remarks: "Did it just get cold in here?" That doesn't stop Jim Wallis from making the absurd claim that the Democrats are "running more candidates who have been emboldened to come out of the closet as believers themselves." (Via Attempts and Pharyngula)

*Introducing the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice the Religious Freedom Task Force. (Via Seeing the Forest)

*Oh, yeah. Did I mention that Jesus is back? (Pharyngula)

UPDATE: Jon Swift posts a selection of extracts from Conservapedia entries. For example:

Kangaroo: "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

Scopes Trial: "Hollywood has little regard for the truth. Its movie version Inherit the Wind changed everyone's name, thereby preventing libel suits, and changed the facts in order to ridicule religious belief. Thanks to Bryan's victory in the Scopes trial, Tennessee voters have been educated without oppressive evolution theory for 75 years. Free from the liberal indoctrination, Tennessee voted against native son Al Gore in the 2000 Presidential election - probably the only time a candidate has lost the Presidency due to losing his home state. If Tennessee had a high level of belief in evolution comparable to that of East Germany, then you can bet Gore would have won his state and the Presidency."

Theory of Relativity: "Nothing useful has even been built based on the theory of relativity.…'All things are relative' became popular as atheists and others used relativity to attack Christian values. There remains enormous political support for the theory of relativity that has nothing to do with physics, and Congress continues to spend billions of dollars unsuccessfully searching for particles predicted by the theory of relativity."

One of the commenters at Thoughts From Kansas has decided to take advantage of the open nature of Wiki software to create a Conservapedia page on "Nucular weapons," but I can't imagine it will survive for long. A week or so, maybe. (The very un-fundie, and therefore un-Conservapedia entry on "Atheism"--where atheism is defined as "part of a scientific worldview which is based upon observable evidence rather than dogmatic insistence upon the veracity of superstitious claims which are unsupported by evidence," and where it is also pointed out that when it comes to morality "most Christians actually rely on their own innate philanthropic sense (which has evolved as a necessary element of communal living over millions of years) to cherry pick the pleasant parts of the Bible and ignore the rest"--is still up also).