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File this under the “poor poor pitiful Conservative Christians.” We live in a country that is overwhelmingly Christian by almost any measure, and yet these bozos are constantly complaining about the so-called anti-Christian bias they see behind every tree.

(Granted, by one measure we have gone from 86% to 77% self-identified Christian in the last decade or so. Something must be leaving a bad taste in folks’ mouths.)

Still, that is a pretty high concentration of Christians and it seems unlikely that the the 23% who do not identify as Christians just happen to be the most influential and powerful voices. It seems obvious that a small proportion of well organized and well funded right-wing Christian groups have created effective media campaigns to serve their needs.

One need, apparently, is to propagate this wacky sense of persecution. Our media is freakishly concentrated in just a few corporate conglomerates and yet these same groups also see liberal bias all over the media. Katie Couric is, apparently, some sort of communist. Now, apparently, they have found these same problems in Wikipedia, of all places, and in response created their own wiki-encyclopedia, which they call Conservapedia.

Just what we need: a ‘public encyclopedia’ in which racism is over, immigrants are swamping our public health and educational resources, and global warming is just Al Gore’s public relations stunt. Of course, they are too chicken to allow full open editing: you have to create an account, and I imagine they will vet participants carefully.

They certainly don’t want to encourage that (sometimes) contentious debate nonsense. That’s a little too democratic, too Wikipedia. I wonder if they do some sort of political litmus test on you, like Gonzales with his Prosecutors.

About Ray Watkins

I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol]

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