Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Ed Poor vs Creationism Part 1

Ed Poor is a Conservapedia editor of dubious reputation. Previous posts in this blog demonstrate his willingness to ban users for life over minor disagreements and Ed Poor's use of Conservapedia as a platform for stroking his ego. His dogmatic and draconian enforcement of his own views is particularly disturbing for Conservapedia readers when we confront the fact that Ed Poor describes himself as an "Old Earth Creationist."

Normally this would not be a real problem, but Ed Poor's documented willingness to permanently ban users over trivial disagreements should give all Young Earth Creationists and Biblical Literalists cause for concern. Even Old Earth Creationist Christians and even Liberal Christians who believe in Darwinism will will take issue with some of Poor's implementation of bias.

Let's examine some of Ed Poor's edits as they relate to Creationism.

Continental Drift

The Conservapedia Continental Drift article would be expected to have a few references to Creationism. One of the major pieces of "evidence" Old Earth Creationists and Darwinsts use to support the claim that the Earth is Billions of years old is to extrapolate the current rate of alleged continental drift backwards in time to the point where all the land on Earth is concentrated into a single land mass. The article itself is largely about Creationist Antonio Snider proposing the theory and the resistance Darwinists offered after it was initially proposed. Looking at the history of the article however you see that Ed Poor has removed a good deal of content. While some of it is enthusiastic fawning over Creationism, some of the edits are insidious.

When you edit an article on Conservapedia, you have the ability to enter a short comment about the nature of your edit. Ed Poor's edit "this is not a creation science encylopedia, please stick to the historical facts" reveals a good deal about his bias.

First, there's the comment itself, in which he associates Creationism with ignoring historical facts. His dismissive tone towards Creationism brings his claims of being an Old earth Creationist into doubt.

Then there's the nature of the edits. The 2-22-2011 version of the Continental Drift article mentions in passing that Genesis was the inspiration for the theory and that humanist scientists ignored the theory at first due to a lack of a mechanism. What Ed Poor's February 19, 2011 edit removed was material that explained HOW the Genesis reading was important and gave more information on mainstream science's early rejection of the theory.

Ed Poor is responsible for close to a third of all the edits ever made to the Continental Drift article. Some of the quotes he cut includes removing a line that pointed out the fact that atheist versions of continental drift theory postulate an Earth that's older than allowed by biblical Literalism.

Ice Age

The Ice Age article has also been edited by Ed Poor. On February 22, 2011 he added the text:

The consensus of scientists is that several such periods have occurred over millions of years of geological time, although this view is disputed by a small group of scientists who believe in [[Young Earth Creationism]] (see also [[Creation Science]]).

While this is the sort of thing you would expect to see on Wikipedia, deliberately demeaning creationism and using the "argument by popularity" claim to support the claim of an Earth that's millions to billions of years old flies counter to the attitudes of a site that's allegedly trying to reflect a Conservative bias. Poor labeled the edit with the text "(hope I'm not rocking the boat, but this is not the creation wiki ... stop me if I'm moving in the wrong direction here." Of course since Poor bans people over even minor disagreements it's unlikely anyone will oppose him.

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