Won’t Get Fooled Again

A librarian friend of mine (as opposed to a regular friend) at Golden Gate University in San Francisco sent me the URL of a website entitled Fellowship Baptist Creation Science Fair 2001. Looking at it, I was shocked to see someone organized an event to reward kids for creating pseudo-science projects such as “Women Were Designed For Homemaking” and “Using Prayer To Microevolve Latent Antibiotic Resistance In Bacteria”. I read the other linked pages and got madder and madder, until….

…I stumbled across an ad for a thong that said “What Would Jesus Do?”. I looked over the site again: the pages with the domain of objective.jesussave.us look very legit, what one would expect from a hard-core evangelical group; however I began to notice warnings scattered through their pages informing readers of their objectives to shut down a site called Landover Baptist –that’s where I saw the thong. Now I’m totally confused: looking at the objective.jesus.us pages, they seem real, at least for those who want their worse fears of fundamentalism confirmed. But on closer inspection, the content does just a tad over-the-top, such as one of the members being able to signal Bible passages from memory in fluent semaphore. To make it even more confusing, some of the ads featured on the site come from legitimate fundamentalist websites.
Suddenly I realized that the Creation Education site is a ornate set-up for the real parody–the Landover Baptist site.

This is an extraordinarily elaborate hoax–it was good enough to fool a slew of librarians who forwarded the websites to their friends, including myself. The problem is, it’s detailed (down to the ads and pixs) and the text only slightly outlandish (unlike Bonsai Kitten which is meant to be blantanly outrageous) that after looking it over three times, I’m still not sure if it’s fake. Of all the hoax/parody sites I’ve seen on the net, this is definitely the slickest….and the scariest, especially for those professionals who pride themselves on being able to spot bogus websites.

What I’m Listening to and Watching: Immigrant Song by Led Zepplin on their latest DVD compilation. This selection is highly unusual for me given the fact I spent huge chunks of the late seventies sitting in revival houses with various boyfriends who’d rather sit through yet another showing of The Song Remains the Same than shell out seven bucks for a pizza. However, the version of IS on the DVD is truly electrifying.

P.S.–I still get hives every time I think about that 20-odd minute drum solo during “Moby Dick”.

3 Responses

  1. Brian
    Brian August 4, 2003 at 4:38 pm | | Reply

    Yeah, I almost fell for their “Citizens United for a Decent Internet” site (http://www.orgsites.com/mi/cudi/welcome.html) a few months ago.

  2. Original Cyn
    Original Cyn August 8, 2003 at 7:28 pm | | Reply

    Wow! A parody that good almost defeats its own purpose, doesn’t it? And with all the right-wing fundamentalist fanatics out there, I’m wondering how many “legit” requests for membership, donations, etc., they get. It’s sad, really.

    I have that Led Zep DVD (though not the CD), and love it. And I agree about “Moby Dick.” I could never sit through it. When John Bonham died, my friend Bart made me promise to never skip it again. That’s the ONLY reason I ever listen to it.

  3. Donna
    Donna February 14, 2004 at 10:05 am | | Reply

    I am doing a science fair project on what lipstick will stay on the longest? Any catchy phrases or ideas would be great!!

    Donna E.

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