While writing about the Lenski experiment, I recalled the hilarious episode when Andrew Schlafly, founder of Conservapedia and the son of conservative icon Phyllis, concerned about the support this experiment gave to evolution, tried to discredit Lenski and his work and got a polite but severe smacking from him, resulting in Lenski’s work becoming even more widely known.
Conservapedia seeks to be an encyclopedia like Wikipedia except that everything is forced to be consistent with young Earth creationism. As a result, it ends up like something the editors of The Onion would come up with. Just check out the current home page. If you are not careful, you can get sucked into spending hours exploring its wonderful loopiness.
As an example, at one time the site suggested that kangaroos were among the animals saved by Noah in his ark and after the boat came aground on Mount Ararat in Turkey, they had to hop all the way to Australia before they decided to settle down and start a community.
At least kangaroos can move fast. What about koalas, who are notoriously sluggish and feed only on eucalyptus leaves. How did they make it to Australia? And how did the even slower sloths make it to South America? Not to worry! Conservapedia uses creationist sources like this one to explain everything.
Conservapedia was started by those who think that Wikipedia has a liberal and secular bias or what some of us think of as reality. It seeks to prevent the corruption of young minds who go to Wikipedia to do the research for their homework assignments by giving them an alternative, creationist source. I think this Doonesbury cartoon says it all.
With friends of religion like these, they don’t need any enemies.