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Wikipedia threatens to purge ‘communist mass killings’ page, cites anti-communist bias – The Christian Post

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By Douglas Blair, Op-ed contributor | Tuesday, December 14, 2021Karl-Marx-Monument in Chemnitz. Germany. | Unsplash/ Maximilian Scheffler

“A spectre is haunting Europe — the specter of communism.” This is the preamble to Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto,” a document responsible for inspiring some of the worst dictators in human history. 

Men like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot all used the words penned by Marx to justify acts of horrific violence. And Wikipedia …….

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By Douglas Blair, Op-ed contributor | Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Karl-Marx-Monument in Chemnitz. Germany. | Unsplash/ Maximilian Scheffler

“A spectre is haunting Europe — the specter of communism.” This is the preamble to Karl Marx’s “The Communist Manifesto,” a document responsible for inspiring some of the worst dictators in human history. 

Men like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Pol Pot all used the words penned by Marx to justify acts of horrific violence. And Wikipedia doesn’t want you to know about communism’s legacy of death and ruin.

Visitors to the “Mass killings under communist regimes” Wikipedia entry were greeted with a disclaimer that the page “is being considered for deletion” for a myriad of reasons including neutrality issues and factual inaccuracies.

While the disclaimer at the top regarding deletion has been removed, the debate over the page’s future continues. The secondary disclaimer claiming the page has multiple issues remains. 

The internal debate surrounding the proposal showed that at least one Wikipedia editor, a 25-year-old Italian named Davide King, had been editing the article to downplay the wide-scale destruction wrought by evil communist regimes. King edited the article to insert communist apologia including one that targeted the preeminent communism education group, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.

The victims of communism narrative, as popularized by and named after the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, has become accepted scholarship as part of the double genocide theory in Eastern Europe and among anti-communists in general. However, it is rejected by most Western European and other scholars. Some scholars say it’s politically motivated, oversimplified and trivializes the Holocaust for equating communism with it, positing a communist or red Holocaust.

Some Wiki editors cited bias and took umbrage with the idea of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s inclusion in the article as a source. One editor suggested removing all references to the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation entirely. 

“While the [Black Book of Communism] discussion is underway … I propose that all references to the Victims of Communism [Memorial Foundation] to be stripped in the meantime,” wrote Wiki editor Dark-World25. 

They also took aim at both the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s blog as well as The Heritage Foundation. Wiki editor C.J. Griffin added,

“I’m okay with the [Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation] being mentioned in this article so long as an [explanatory footnote] is included to inform readers the Foundation is controversial, has strong links to the neoliberal think tank The Heritage Foundation, and its blog has published provocative and disputed material (like blaming COVID deaths on communism, and the [Chinese Communist Party] in particular.”

Lee Edwards, a distinguished …….

Source: https://www.christianpost.com/voices/wikipedia-threatens-to-purge-communist-mass-killings-page.html