On Feb. 26, now over two weeks ago, someone going by the name "Fourtildas" made this edit to the Holocaust_denial article, which - until then, at least - was a relatively good article about an extremely emotional and highly touchy subject. For the most part, the Faithful had been able to restrain themselves from what they presumably would prefer to do, namely add the names of anyone they personally dislike to the list of "notable Holocaust deniers," instead of only people who actually are deniers. All rather commendable of them, I must say!
But maybe that's changing...?
For the last two weeks, the article has contained a section repeating what I'd consider a rather scurrilous, extreme, and possibly incendiary remark by Deborah Lipstadt:
When a former president of the United States writes a book on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis and writes a chronology at the beginning of the book in order to help them understand the emergence of the situation and in that chronology lists nothing of importance between 1939 and 1947, that is soft-core denial!
The "former president" is Jimmy Carter, the book is Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid, and the heading for this is "Jimmy Carter accused of 'Soft-core denial' of the Holocaust." (The original heading was "Jimmy Carter's Soft-core denial of the Holocaust," so it's not like they haven't given the issue some thought.)
So, never mind that Carter, well-known for his efforts to help try and solve the whole Israeli-Palestinian problem, has written a fairly even-handed book that takes a matter-of-fact approach to the recent history of the Middle East, as opposed to Europe, which is where the Holocaust actually took place. Could it be that Carter didn't want to introduce material into the book that he felt was of little relevance to the territorial issues, and might even have suggested heavy bias towards the Israeli position? Pshaw!
So now, President Carter, the man who practically started the ball rolling on US-led efforts towards Middle East peace (which admittedly haven't been particularly successful since George W. Bush took over), is included in the Wikipedia article as a "soft-core Holocaust denier."
And after two weeks, during which the article was edited by all the names you recognize - SlimVirgin, Jayjg, Jpgordon, Tom harrison, Gamaliel, Modemac, Wiccan Priest Justin Eiler, and butt-kissing admin trainee User:DennyColt - it's still there. Most of those people were just reverting obvious vandalism, but still, two weeks!
So, I guess as long as it's cited to a web-friendly source, these people figure they can just put in whatever they want, no matter how libelous, damaging, and well, just plain moronic and irrelevant it is. Hey, why don't I go and make a speech accusing Jimbo Wales of being a Holocaust denier too, and maybe an obscure (but oh-so-heavily biased) newspaper columnist could write up a nice news blurb about that, and then we can put that in the article too? And goshers - way to help solve the Middle East crisis, Wikipedia! Why don't you people find some nuclear bombs, and throw those onto the fire right along with everything else?