Catholic Candle note: The article
below is a warning about the harm caused by the free, online encyclopedia
called Wikipedia. There are many ways in which Wikipedia does harm, e.g.,
it has a huge amount of the vilest impurities, ready to send a person straight
article below focuses only on a single type of Wikipedia’s evil: its leftist
habit which is harming intellects and spreading error, is people’s wide-spread
excessive use of, and overreliance on, cell phones. Connected with that bad
habit is many people’s gullibility and intellectual laziness in using
unreliable online sources as their “go-to” sources for practically all
and intellectually lazy, we mean a blind trust in information sources
which are convenient, popular, and approved by the world, without making the
effort to be more careful, dig deeper, do more thinking, reading, and searching
for the truth in better, (but often less convenient), sources.
One of the
common sources of falsehood frequently relied upon by the gullible and
intellectually lazy, is Wikipedia.
started about 20 years ago. It is a free, online encyclopedia available to
anyone with an internet connection. The name “Wikipedia” is a combination of:
Hawaiian word “wiki”, which means “quick”, but in this context seems to connote
end of the word “encyclopedia”.
free and convenient and so, is very popular. Wikipedia claims to be:
the world’s largest reference website, attracting
1.7 billion unique visitors monthly as of November 2020. It currently has more
than fifty-six million articles in more than 300 languages, including 6,347,334
articles in English.
Sanger, one of Wikipedia’s two co-founders
(who has since left the organization) warns that Wikipedia “completely ignores
any conservative, libertarian, or critical treatment of the subject.”
Sanger, Wikipedia did not start with its current heavy leftist bias. However, a
decade ago, “as liberals, or leftists made their march through the
institutions, Wikipedia became one of those influential institutions. They
started their march and basically took it over.”
way Wikipedia prevents the (conservative) truth being presented in its
articles, is that the encyclopedia has blacklisted most conservative media
sources because these media sources do not hide the truth that the leftists
want to hide. These
blacklisted sources are the only news sources doing any reporting
on many important stories. Wikipedia bans even mainstream media sources that
are less liberal, e.g., like Fox News, the New York Post,
and Daily Mail (UK). Other examples
of Wikipedia’s blacklisting include Lifesitenews.com and TheEpochTimes.com.
allows anyone to author new articles. However, as a consequence of the
above-mentioned bias, even if a Wikipedia article’s author hypothetically
wanted to cite one of those less-liberal sources to support a statement in his
article, he is not allowed to do so. If the author gives no citation to a
source, he risks deletion of his statement by Wikipedia because it is
Let us examine
a few examples of Wikipedia’s leftist bias.
Wikipedia changes “facts” in its “historical” and “scientific” articles,
serving leftist goals.
Have you ever
heard of Dr. Robert Malone? According to Wikipedia in mid-June 2021, he is the
principal inventor of the mRNA technology used in the Pfizer and Moderna
COVID-19 vaccines. Here is a screenshot of the beginning of Wikipedia’s entry
for the invention of mRNA technology, as it read on June 14, 2021:
This entry is now
changed (as we will explain below); and so, we had to extract the above
screenshot from a past version of Wikipedia which is stored at archive.org.
On June 10,
2021, Dr. Malone joined biologist Dr. Bret Weinstein, Ph.D., on the Dark
Horse Podcast, to discuss the use of mRNA technology in the COVID
Dr. Malone raised numerous safety concerns about the Pfizer-BioNTech and
Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, both of which use the mRNA technology invented under
his leadership. Among other hazards, he warned about future autoimmune risks
caused by the spike proteins within the mRNA injections.
This podcast was uploaded
onto YouTube but it didn’t last there very long before YouTube deleted his
warnings off of its site.
repeated his warning about the danger of mRNA “vaccines” when he appeared a few
days later on Fox News.
So here was one of the principal inventors of the mRNA technology used in these
COVID “vaccines”, who was warning about their danger. These warnings
contradicted the mainstream media’s constant promotion of those “vaccines” and
Dr. Malone’s status as chief inventor of this technology gave great weight to
On June 16, 2021,
Wikipedia changed its mRNA article to remove all credit and mention of Dr.
Malone from the entry. Here is a screenshot, (again from archive.org, because
Wikipedia changed the mRNA article again, as will be explained below):
tweaked the article again to give chief credit to Jon Wolff (a collaborator of
Malone’s in 1990), for the mRNA research experiments. Here is a screenshot
from earlier July 2021:
As you see,
Wikipedia’s article now also praises and promotes Katalin Karikó. Karikó
strongly promotes these mRNA “vaccines”.
This is an example of
Wikipedia’s bias in countless articles. This reminds us of the warnings in
George Orwell’s novel, 1984, in which the main character, Winston,
worked in the Ministry of Truth to re-write articles in order to change
the “truth” as it had been previously written, in order to fit the current
desires of the totalitarian government.
countless other examples, besides the above, extended example of Wikipedia
falsifying history and science by re-writing
what it claims as true. Wikipedia expediently changes its narrative of the
science/history involved, thereby destroying Dr. Malone’s important authority
to speak on the subject, serving to promote the vaccines using the technology
that Dr. Malone knew well and about which he began giving public warnings.
Wikipedia was his “cheerleader” until political expedience caused Wikipedia to
Let’s look into
more examples that show Wikipedia promoting leftist ideology rather than truth
Gender dysphoria on Wikipedia
writes a solemn “academic” treatment of people’s gender delusions as if those
poor confused souls were not out of touch with reality.
writes how some people have no gender (“agender”).
solemnly explains the teachings of “scholar” Finn Enke, a poor deluded woman
professor at the University of Wisconsin at Madison (a university known for its
craziness and its doctrinaire leftism, similar, in this way, to the University
of California at Berkeley). On Enke’s website, you can also see that woman’s
ugly, disorderly, talentless, and gimmicky “art” that she is promoting.
seriousness, Wikipedia explains how “agender” is a gender, how a person can
have multiple genders at once, or even all genders at once (whatever that
means, and which absurdity is called “omnigender”).
solemnly explains how some people (whom common sense recognizes as indecisive
and confused) are “gender fluid” because they don’t want to commit to being
either one of the two real genders or even firmly commit to any other specific
(pretend) gender they might concoct.
article (as so many others) pretends that Nature does not exist, as if God does
not exist, and as if reality were only whatever a person chooses, similar to a
person deliriously deciding he is Napoleon.
no hint that this transgender delusion is irrational. Of course, we also know
that this position (which Wikipedia sets forth) not only attacks sound reason
and the magnificent Catholic culture which the Catholic Church built (viz.,
Christendom), but also God’s Law and the Holy Catholic Faith itself.
Wikipedia gives no hint that there is another side on this issue, besides the
satanic lie that Wikipedia gives. Perhaps Wikipedia would object that it does
present both sides of an issue when there are two sides worthy of mention.
Wikipedia might then claim that its transgender position – which is the leftist
position – is the only reasonable one and so that is why the article does not
give the conservative (and true) position. However, even under that
hypothesis, Wikipedia would still be no less biased and this would still result
in Wikipedia being a purveyor of leftist propaganda.
article does not mention that this transgenderism was listed as a mental illness
by the World Health Organization until 2019 and by the American
Psychiatric Association until 2012.
This is one of
countless examples of Wikipedia pushing the leftist evils as if they were the
times fit St. Paul’s warning:
For there shall be a time, when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires, they will heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears: and will indeed turn away their
hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.
Wikipedia’s treatment of “conversion therapy”
We know from
our Holy Catholic Faith (as well as from the science of Ethics) that a man can
follow reason and eschew sin and vice. In this he is not like the brute
beasts, who follow instinct and have no free will. Unlike the brute beasts, man
is both capable of sin and capable of overcoming sin. Unnatural vice is sinful because a
man has a free will and can stop sinning.
Thus, we know
that a man who has fallen into unnatural vice was not “made that way” as some
of those men claim, nor is he incapable of ceasing to commit those sins (as is
also true of other sins).
So, we know
that a person can stop committing these unnatural sins and that people can help
him do so, by prayer, moral support, good habits, good advice, etc.
This is Catholic, reasonable, and common sense.
Now let’s look
at Wikipedia’s false and leftist treatment of the issue.
correctly says that “conversion therapy” involves trying to change someone who
is involved in such unnatural impurity, and describes the methods as:
counseling, visualization, social skills training,
psychoanalytic therapy, and spiritual interventions such as “prayer and group
support and pressure”.
In a rough sort
of way, this description corresponds to the many Catholic moral helps which can
aid a person to conquer this habit of sin.
that all such efforts to help a person free himself from this
unnatural vice are “pseudoscientific”.
Wikipedia defines “pseudoscience” in a way that shows Wikipedia is saying that
conversion therapy does not and cannot work:
Pseudoscience consists of statements, beliefs, or practices
that claim to be both scientific and factual but are incompatible with the
scientific method. Pseudoscience is often characterized by contradictory,
exaggerated or unfalsifiable claims; reliance on confirmation bias
rather than rigorous attempts at refutation; lack of openness to evaluation by
other experts; absence of systematic practices when developing hypotheses; and
continued adherence long after the pseudoscientific hypotheses have been experimentally
only falsely declares that efforts to help a person to stop committing sins of
unnatural vice are unscientific, discredited, and futile, but also connects
these efforts (in the article) with “icepick lobotomies”, electric shock
therapy, and other weird things
which have nothing to do with helping a person eschew sin by increasing virtue
in the soul, as God wants us all to do.
As with the
transgender article discussed above, this Wikipedia article (as so many others)
pretends that Nature does not exist, that God does not exist, and that acts of
unnatural vice are good, if that is what a person chooses.
Wikipedia’s position is not only attacking reason and the magnificent Catholic
culture which the Catholic Church built, but also the Holy Catholic Faith
gives no hint that there is another side on this issue, beside the satanic lie
that Wikipedia gives. If Wikipedia does not even recognize there is a
conservative (and true) position worthy of discussion, that would merely cement
Wikipedia’s status as a leftist mouthpiece.
no hint that, only a few decades ago, before society became as degraded as it
is, this unnatural vice was listed as a mental illness and also was a felony.
This crime traces its way back to the law of God, making it a capital offense.
This is one of
countless examples of Wikipedia pushing the leftist evils as if they were the
morality has been reflected in the civilized world’s common law. That is a
subject for a different article, but many of the basic principles of our law,
like the right to confront witnesses, were first established in the Church’s
Of course, the
Catholic Church and the Natural Law are the source of much of the civilized
world’s substantive laws too, such as the recognition of the criminality of
unnatural vice. See, e.g., the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the
criminality of unnatural vice, in Bowers v. Hardwick, 478 U.S. 186
Wikipedia casts doubt on the truth of the Gospels
With a thin
veneer of pseudo “scholarship”, Wikipedia rolls out the usual claims made by
Our Lord’s enemies that the Gospels are uncertain, unreliable, disputed,
contradictory, and not historically accurate.
Wikipedia simply echoes the assertions of centuries of heretics, Jews, and
other non-believers in telling the reader that the Gospels tell us little or
nothing about the “historical Jesus”.
Rather, they are merely pious assertions and falsehoods which are disputed by
Wikipedia asserts that its pronouncements on the Gospels are the conclusions of
“the majority of scholars”, although Wikipedia makes no effort to prove this
promotion of abortion
article on abortion is full of falsehoods and leftist bias. For example, it
claims that “When properly done, abortion is one of the safest procedures in
This is a statement straight from Planned Parenthood’s own propaganda.
claim omits the obvious fact that abortion murders a baby, so it is a deadly
procedure. Further, this claim ignores the vast body of evidence proving the
grave harm to the mother, morally, emotionally,
intellectually, and, often, physically,
when she consents to be an accomplice to this murder of her baby.
Wikipedia’s promotion of legalizing mind-altering drugs
Wikipedia minimally acknowledges some
of the obvious problems with legalizing hallucinogenic drugs, e.g., legalization
leads to increased consumption of drugs.
But Wikipedia’s treatment is like the typical leftist talking points which
promote the legalization of “recreational” narcotics. Although Wikipedia
mentions that legalization foreseeably will cause drug use to increase, the
encyclopedia then quickly transitions to the pro-legalization talking points,
such as decreased gang violence, saving the costs of enforcing these laws,
ability to tax “recreational” narcotic use to increase government tax revenue,
and the police’s ability to concentrate on enforcing other laws.
Wikipedia’s promotion of allowing the adoption of children by persons who
live lives of unnatural impurity
leftist bias is on display on this adoption issue too. Wikipedia presents
(supposed) “science”, “fairness”, and “civil rights” in favor of this evil, and
says that those people opposed to such adoptions are against it because of
their own personal assumptions and personal faith-beliefs. The
implication is that these assumptions are unscientific and unfair and that the
particulars of such people’s personal beliefs are not a basis for society to
prohibit such adoptions.
Wikipedia promotes the leftists’ “climate change” narrative
promotes the leftists’ climate alarmism.
The encyclopedia falsely claims that there is an “overwhelming scientific
consensus” for global warming caused by humans. Wikipedia falsely says all
research scientists agree on this “fact” and that “no scientific body of
national or international standing disagrees with this view”.
that the only persons who disagree are the deniers spreading misinformation,
who are funded by conservatives and the self-interested fossil fuel industry.
Wikipedia says that the uncertainty and controversy are not real but only
The article does not give any of the great abundance of evidence disproving the
leftists’ climate alarmism.
promotes the leftists’ narrative on the 2020 U.S. presidential elections
a false, one-sided account of the 2020 election fraud controversy, saying that
the Republican side was merely “promoting the conspiracy theory that falsely
posits” election fraud. Here is one place Wikipedia states this leftist
Stop the Steal is a far-right
and conservative campaign and protest movement in the United States promoting
the conspiracy theory that falsely posits that widespread electoral fraud
occurred during the 2020 presidential election to deny incumbent President
Donald Trump victory over former vice president Joe Biden.
This article is
false and completely one-sided, failing to provide any of the extensive
evidence of the actual voting fraud.
However, leaving to a different time an examination of the truth of the fraud
evidence (which exists in large amounts), for the present we note that this is
another example of Wikipedia giving a one-sided narrative setting forth only
the leftists’ talking points.
So, if anyone
seeks only to know what the leftists say about the election fraud, he can find
it in Wikipedia. But for anyone seeking to understand what evidence has moved
41% of U.S. voters to believe that Biden did not win the election fairly, Wikipedia
withholds this information.
Wikipedia is largely not a source of truth but of
leftist ideology. Wikipedia can (and often does) change its articles almost
instantaneously to take today’s news into account. So, what was “true”
yesterday, might be denied or deleted today, with no indication that
yesterday’s “truth” was the opposite.
Beware of Wikipedia’s leftist bias on a large
number of topics:
philosophy to foreign policy;
science to civil unrest;
technology to elections;
biography to religion;
history to immigration;
morals to medicine;
forensics to the Constitution;
medicine to music;
law to culture; and
politics to the rule of law.
With few exceptions,
only globalist, progressive mainstream sources – and sources friendly to
globalist progressivism – are permitted. What is against Wikipedia’s leftist
agenda is either ignored or is summarily dismissed as “misinformation” or a “conspiracy
theory”. In saying so, Wikipedia (and other, similarly-biased institutions)
are plainly claiming exclusive control over what is thinkable. They want any
debate to occur only on the leftist playing field and want to set the
boundaries of that debate, in order to tell you how to think about countless
articles are the perfect bait for intellectually lazy and gullible people, who
are looking for a “go-to” source which is convenient, popular, and approved by
the world, which does not require the effort to be more careful, dig deeper, do
more thinking, reading, and searching for the truth in better, (but often less
“advantage” for lazy Catholics, that get their information from Wikipedia, is
that they do not risk the possibility that they might learn something which
would require them to withstand opposition from the world in order to defend
truth and Christ the King.
We are not saying
that Wikipedia never ever says anything true – even Satan tells some truths/half-truths,
for his own ends. But we urge everyone to remember whenever he is on Wikipedia
(if ever) that he is in enemy-occupied territory, which exists to move the
reader toward the left.