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Conservapedia:What We've Learned
Conservapedia, managed by a cabal of far right fundamentalist Christians in accordance with their values, is a poor encyclopedia. However, by virtue of its ownership and management it provides an excellent vignette into what a society would look like when managed by this group. This little side-benefit - that Conservapedia in effect becomes a controlled social engineering experiment run amok - means that the project has not been a total loss. It allows we, the editors of RationalWiki, to learn what society would be like, when run by fundamentalist Christians, and exactly what would become of the rest of the world.
- We learn just what the right thinks of the First Amendment. Speech is suppressed brutally in the regime for not falling into line. Dissent is a barely tolerated offense; outright pressing of disagreeable ideas is an offense justly punished by excommunciation.
- The tragedies of others would be bandied about to score a political point, at varying levels of insensitivity. The movement must make a point... at all costs to dignity.
- The jails would soon be overcrowded, since "kill them all & let God sort 'em out" is as good a phrase as any, in a theocracy.
- Racism is thinly veiled and tolerated.
- Science becomes a political tool, turning upon ideology, and not observed fact. However, this blatant bias - worse even than being admitted - is concealed, corrupting the minds of the unaware.
- Even medicine is a pawn of the establishment.
- Better to impugn and attack a scientist ad hominem than discuss the facts! After all, science is eminently political.
- Everything, but everything is created in service of ideology. No art, no education, no event, no movement escapes this. All culture is Liberal or Conservative to these ideologues, and it results in idiotic formulations such as "conservative humour" and "conservative drama".
- Newspeak will soon reign.
- The words "liberal" and "conservative" become quality adjectives rather than descriptions of actual political beliefs. "Liberal Lies" are revealed by "Conservative Truth", etc.
- Facts can be either liberal or conservative, despite being statements whose value can only be true/false.
- Might is right.
- If you have the power, use it, and the rules do not apply to you. Power is given to you to make other people follow the rules.
- Rules are arbitrary. They may change on a whim and it is not up to those changing them to let people know they have changed.
- Rule of law? What? Dissenting legal views are "opinions" - conservative legal views are "Opinions." Guess which one should actually be followed, in a fundamentalist world, and which one discarded?