Monday, June 25, 2012

Its not just Scientology and Wikipedia

In case you haven't heard, Wikipedia has banned IP addresses owned by the Church of Scientology from making edits to articles. But it's not just Scientology that's at it. Other religious groups are equally as concerned about the free exchange of opinions about their activities. Free discussion does not fit well with most religions and truth seems to be an issue of opinion rather than fact. Hence the founding of Conservapedia by American right wing Christians which gives a version of the truth which is less offensive to them.
"I've tried editing Wikipedia, and found that the biased editors who dominate it censor or change facts to suit their views," Andy Schlafly, the founder of Conservapedia, told the Guardian. "In one case my factual edits were removed within 60 seconds - so editing Wikipedia is no longer a viable approach." (
Religious groups don't like the Internet. I had my own encounter with a local religious group on Wikipedia last year. It is not likely to end any time soon.