Politics Liberal Bias at Wikipedia? Could Be.
posted by July 25 at 8:07 AMon
There’s been some debate lately about whether Wikipedia has a liberal bias.
I don’t have an opinion on that. But I did find an unsubstantiated (and controversial) claim in their entry on Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert.
April 23, 2004: He says his opposition to abortion stems from his belief that the Christian Bible is literally true, and that American law should reflect Christian values. When it comes to pregnancy prevention, he favors abstinence-only education. Reichert believes he has an answer for unwanted children. His family adopted, and his daughter continued the tradition .
Click on that footnote and it takes you here, where it says:
Church and State
He says his opposition to abortion stems from retrieving around 200 dead bodies in his career. When it comes to pregnancy prevention, he favors abstinence only education. Reichert believes he has an answer for unwanted children. His family adopted, and his daughter continued the tradition.
He doesn’t believe in formal recognition of any kind for gay relationships. To correct some of the legal hurdles this can create for gay couples, he favors changing the law so that “everyone has the same rights.”
He says that while he lives his own Christian beliefs, everyone has a right to free choice in religion, and that it’s very important to keep government and religion separate.
I’ve rooted around a little for an April 23, 2004 Reichert quote about American law and Christian values, and I haven’t turned up anything. Maybe it exists, but Wikipedia is pretty blase about providing any source for such a charged assertion.