You probably recall that we recently posted about an article by Paul Braterman. This is what we said:
The first thing we’ll bring to your attention is this article in Snopes, titled Why Creationism Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory. It was written by Paul Braterman, Hon. Research Fellow; Professor Emeritus in Chemistry, University of Glasgow — and a frequent contributor of comments for our humble blog.
Snopes copied Professor Braterman’s article from The Conversation. We assume they had permission to do so, but we don’t. All we can do is encourage you to click over to Snopes. The article is well worth reading.
Professor Braterman’s article has been getting a lot of attention, and now it has enraged Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Snopes Exposed! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Recently, Snopes, a popular website, disseminated false information [Egad!] with the posting of an anti-Christian commentary with an agenda — an article which had not been fact-checked. Snopes.com posted a piece entitled “Why Creationism Bears All the Hallmarks of a Conspiracy Theory.” [Hambo doesn’t link to it!] This article made many false accusations and disseminated false information about Answers in Genesis, me, and other creation-apologetics ministries.
False accusations about Hambo? That’s horrible! He says:
How could a supposed fact-checking group get away with this? Easy. At the top of the article, an editor stated, “This content is shared here because the topic may interest Snopes readers; it does not, however, represent the work of Snopes fact-checkers or editors.” In other words, they did exactly what they tell others not to do: they published an article without fact-checking.
Shocking! Absolutely shocking! After that, Hambo tells us about the action he took:
Because this article contained enormous amounts of false information [Hee hee!] and an obvious anti-Christian agenda, Answers in Genesis had our publicist contact Snopes by email, stating, “I represent Answers in Genesis, which would appreciate the chance to respond to the ‘creationism is conspiracy theory’ article.”
How did Snopes respond? “Thank you for contacting Snopes! This is a hosted article. You will have to contact the Associated Press directly to ensure delivery of your message.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo continues:
So Snopes obviously didn’t want anyone fact-checking an article they published that was not even fact-checked by them! What a complete brush off — and a double standard. Snopes holds others to a particular standard regarding fact-checking, but not for themselves. Why? I suggest this is because this article had a very obvious anti-creationist, anti-Christian agenda. [Gasp!] After all, it was written by an ardent atheist known for his active opposition to creation teaching. This makes one wonder how much “fact”-checking is happening at Snopes with other articles and if they are driven by a similar agenda (i.e., being hostile towards Christian/conservative causes).
Then he really gets personal:
The author of the article in question is Paul Braterman, Hon. Research Fellow; Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and who used to teach in America. On his website, Braterman admits, “I don’t often talk about the fact I’m an atheist.” On his site, some of his statements include, “We don’t derive our morality from God. None of us do. We derive it from social norms, and our shared humanity, and then use gods to rationalise it … No, I’m not going to give you a recipe for finding meaning. You have to find your own . . . I have seen, and heard of, horrible things, and if I did believe in God, I would indeed hate him.”
It’s impossible to imagine the revulsion a holy man like ol’ Hambo must experience while contemplating such a person. He goes on for several paragraphs “fact checking” things Braterman has written. You gotta click over there and read that stuff — it’s wonderfully entertaining. Then he wraps it all up with this:
So there you have it. Snopes published an anti-creationist, anti-Christian propaganda piece — written by an atheist who is a well-known opponent of creationists — without fact-checking it. In other words, Snopes does unto others what they will not allow to be done to themselves. I trust this helps open people’s eyes to the realization that Snopes cannot be trusted as a true fact-checking site.
After seeing how enraged Hambo became after reading Braterman’s article, all we can say is: Well done, Professor Braterman! Keep up the splendid work!
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