Of the four remaining sysops who still use Conservapedia on a fairly regular basis (I’m discounting Terry Hurlbut and John Patti, because the former merely uses it to link-whore his own blog and Patti seems to have lost interest, apart from popping up for the occasional anti-Obama main page rant), there’s one that stands head and shoulders above the others when it comes to being a thoroughly horrible piece of work.
That’s not to say the others aren’t, of course. Andrew Schlafly is a terrible little bigot, but I think a lot of that can be pinned on his upbringing (or lack thereof) by Mother Phyllis, who spent Andy’s formative years out on the road, telling women they should stay at home, combined with his Messianic delusions of grandeur. It goes without saying that having spent 5 years inside his own personal echo chamber, these delusions are reaching scary proportions, but he’s more sad and delusional, than terrible.
Ken Demyer hasn’t had an original thought in his life and merely repeats (ad nauseum) the same old batshit insane arguments used by the bottom feeders of the anti-evolution, homosexuality and atheism debaters. It should also be mentioned that the man has… issues, and whilst that can’t really excuse his actions – especially his bizarre behaviour whenever he has to face questions – it also doesn’t make him a really terrible person.
Brian Macdonald, CP’s resident swabbie, is merely a small-minded bully, fueled by frustration at a failed military career, hatred of the many, many things he doesn’t understand and possibly cheap alcohol. CP is the only place on the planet where he can exercise any kind of authority and as with any typical bully, he abuses this authority to the maximum. He might be perpetually angry and a wiki-thug, but he’s probably not a terrible person.
No, for true nastiness, you need to look to Ed Poor. It’s not just his creepy obsession with underage girls. Nor is it his combined attitudes of “I’m User188 on Wikipedia, I know everything” and “If I don’t understand it, I’m deleting it.” It’s not even his weird take on sexuality, where adding things like “Bestiality” and “rimming” to Conservapedia is ok, but he sees the word “prostitutes” as being “too lurid” for his daughters. It’s not even that he’s a sly swine who’ll stab you in the back without blinking. No, that there’s a dull maliciousness about the man. You’d almost, almost believe that like any other CP sysops he disengages what passes for his mind, before posting. And yet, unlike say a Schalfly or Demyer, Poor’s edits pop up at random, most of which appear to based on a quote he’s googled, which purports to illustrate some random phrase he’s come across.
His latest example of being a terrible human being comes from his edit to CP’s article on the late Maurice Sendak. It’s not enough for Ed to track down an online eulogy and quote excerpts from it. He quotemines one phrase and adjusts the entry to read:
Maurice Sendak (June 10, 1928-May 8, 2012) was a lower-class Jewish homosexual man from Brooklyn best known for writing children’s books such as Where the Wild Things Are.
Yes, Ed added the bit about “lower-class Jewish homosexual man,” because that’s what he feels is important to Conservapedia’s readers. Just to provide some clarity, the eulogy actually says the following:
He grew up lower class, Jewish, and gay, so it is small wonder he would create a different take on life through the eyes of children.
Which you’ll admit, is very different to what Poor had to say. However, that’s not the really disgusting part. No, that comes in the edit summary, in which Poor succinctly states:
gay and dead
as if this is somehow a good thing.
The other CP sysops might irritate, annoy or mostly amuse me, but this pathetic individual makes my skin crawl.