Monday, August 9, 2010

We don't take kindly to no relativity talk 'round here...

If you've never visited Conservapedia before, I highly recommend it for a good laugh.  It is the quintessential example on the internet of Poe's law in effect:  I honestly can't tell if the pages there are the opinions of true conservatives, or if they were put there by some troll making a mockery of conservatives. It's no surprise that articles on "counterexamples" to those evil liberal theories of the Old Earth and Evolution.  But I wasn't aware that there's another liberal theory threatening to tear the fabric of Christianity and the family asunder:  the theory of relativity!

[Relativity] is heavily promoted by liberals who like its encouragement of relativism and its tendency to mislead people in how they view the world.
It only gets better.  Here's one of their counterexamples:
9. The action-at-a-distance by Jesus, described in John 4:46-54.
Well that settles it.  Why write the whole list?  (I'm glad they did though, the whole thing is hilarious.)

I honestly thought this must be a hoax.  No one could be that ignorant of relativity AND willing to espouse their ignorance of it so gloriously (I continue to underestimate the power of fundamentalism).  Then I notices that the founder of Conservapedia, Andrew Schlafly himself, wrote and edited most of the page.  Unless Schlafly has dedicated his entire life to being a parody of the conseervative mindset, I suspect he, and other conservatives, actually believe the theory of relativity is a real threat to their ethos. 

With all these lists of counterexamples, it seems as though nothing we know about the world is true.  But don't worry, there is one "theory" that Conservapedia points out has not a single contradiction
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