It's fair to say I spend a fair amount of time on the internet (and by “fair amount” I mean “tons) and I often google controversial topics: abortion, gay rights, in-fights amongst cancer fundraising organizations. Strangely, I almost never encounter links to Conservapedia in the first, say 20 pages of hits while researching any of these topics.
If I understood google algorithms a bit better, I'd know exactly why this is, but I suspect that it has to do with the fact that even conversative websites are reluctant to link to Conservapedia. Most likely because some of the views expressed are—to use the terminology favored by respected political science professors; Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.
For example, consider their entry on the “abortion mentality.” Although certain the Catholic Church complains of a“culture of death” and it's not uncommon for conservative and evengelical Protestant churches to use similar langugage, the idea of a “abortion mentality” is a new introduction into this conversation. The writers explain “Under the abortion mentality, abortion itself can become a rite of passage by which college students are initiated into the belief system and then effectively owned by this anti-life belief system for their entire lives.” Apparently, in the minds of the authors, abortion isn't just a medical procedure, it's a commitment to a lifelong philosophy that one develops in college.
Even if this were the case, who remembers what they learned in college?
But there are a few things me and Conservapedia do agree on.
Take, for example, their entry on San Francisco. They describe San Fransciso as the “one of the most beautiful cities in the world.” Well, I agree with that.
This is the view from San Francisco coastline.
They also say San Francisco has had some pretty bad earthquakes. Well that's true too.
Then the authors add “ San Francisco, with a large homosexual population, is also considered to be one of the most liberal cities in America.”
I don't know if San Francisco is one of the most liberal cities in America, after all, Portland Oregon is just up the coast and Portland is so liberal the citizens have to maintain spreadsheets just to keep track of all the different products they're boycotting.
But there are a ton of homosexuals, there, I've seen that with my own eyes.
This is the actual view out my friend's apartment who lives at the top of the Castro in San Francisco. No one is denying that San Francisco is a pretty gay place.
And then there's their article on Komen. You know the Susan B Komen Foundation, or as they are known now “Komen for the Cure.” There was a week earlier this year when the only thing in the news was the question of Komen yo-yoing on the issue of providing donations to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer prevention services.
That's primarily what Conservapedia folks are concerned about, but when they question the high salaries for the Komen executive board, I can't help but think they have a point. Especially since Komen provides funding for breast cancer prevention and breast cancer awareness and a little tiny bit of funding for breast cancer research. Yet despite the fact that such a small part of their budget is actually devoted to finding a cure, they actively sue other organizations when they use “for a cure” or “for the cure” in their marketing.
Of course, they go on to say that Planned Parenthood, somehow is the cause of the breast cancer epidemic and then they've lost me again.