How Liberals and Conservatives Write About Religion

Crispian Jago just gave away all the trade secrets on how religion writers — depending on whether they’re liberal or conservative — edit their articles.

They just go to Microsoft Word’s AutoCorrect feature. This is what shows up for conservatives:

I think he forgot the Automatic CAPS LOCK box.

You can see the liberal version here :)

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Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • B Rabbit

    That looks more like a theist auto-correct and atheist auto-correct to me, not conservative and liberal.

    • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

      I was thinking that, too. When I clicked to go read the article, I was expecting the liberal religion version.

  • Alchemist

    He also missed secularist – godless heathen, and feminist – filthy whore, sexual health advocate – pimp, and sex ed teacher – pedophile groomer.

  • http://dogmabytes.com/ C Peterson

    This reminds me that both Word and Firefox, using their standard, unmodified spell check dictionaries, try to change “mormon” to “moron”.

    • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com/ wmdkitty

      I think maybe they’re right to do that.

  • http://garicgymro.wordpress.com/ garicgymro

    I especially like the Blackadder reference.

  • ZD

    What part of the liberal version makes excuses for Islamic fundamentalism?  It happens…and quite often at that.

    • 3lemenope

      Explanations are not the same thing as excuses. Understanding why a person does a thing does not necessitate forgiving the wrongs that proceed from that thing.

      But people tend to be afraid of explanations, afraid of understanding, and disdainful of those that would offer them. It seems to me that this fear is a fear of being mistaken as making excuses or forgiving wrongs.

    • Coyotenose

       What part of the conservative version makes excuses for lying about all the arguments and science?

      Also: Citation needed.

    • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

      What part of the conservative version changes the topic to Islam whenever Christianity is criticized?

  • http://gplus.to/novenator novenator

    Ultra Conservative + Very Religious = Talibangellical

  • http://eternalbookshelf.wordpress.com/ Ani Sharmin

    Am I the only one who thinks the “traditionalist” –> “bigot” under the liberal version could also apply the other way around to the conservative version, with people relabeling their discrimination “tradition” or “traditional values”?

  • FounderChurch

    WE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT ALL PEOPLE ARE NOT CREATED EQUAL. Certain narrow uses of equality are useful and valid, but no blanket universal application is appropriate. Consequently, most people cannot handle ambiguity, and must be treated differently from those whose intellect allows them to have a broader viewpoint. Each requires a different approach. 


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