Archive for July, 2007

Richard Dawkins puts out a call to arms..

Some very interesting facts and figures on the numbers of atheist and their demographics. As well as Dawkins at his best.

Original Source : http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/113

“The session was titled “The Design of Life,” and the TED audience was probably expecting remarks about evolution’s role in our history from biologist Richard Dawkins. Instead, he launched into a full-on appeal for atheists to make public their beliefs and to aggressively fight the incursion of religion into politics and education (quoting Douglas Adams in the bargain). Scientists and intellectuals hold very different beliefs about God from the American public, he says, yet they are cowed by the overall political environment. Dawkins’ scornful tone drew strongly mixed reactions from the audience; some stood and applauded his courage. Others wondered whether his strident approach could do more harm than good. Dawkins went on to publish The God Delusion and become perhaps the world’s best-known atheist.”


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Poe’s Law 

As prompted by The Now Show (best show on the radio) this is a great site

“The Net Authority is an organization dedicated to the removal of offensive material from the Internet. ”

sounds ok so far..

“It is our mission to define a set of guidelines to which all information posted on the Internet must adhere, and to hold responsible those who would knowingly break those guidelines.”

“It is extremely important that children are shielded from sites in violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy.  ”

Fair enough.. but lets look at that  Internet Acceptable Use Policy..

“As a result of this, we decided that the best way to write this document would be to model it after something that everyone knows and follows (or at least should!) in their daily lives already. We chose God’s own law—The Ten Commandments. To help keep things simple though, we have narrowed it down to five simple rules.”

“Thou shalt not post pornographic material.

    There is a common misconception that pornography is limited purely to images or textual descriptions of an explicit sexual nature. This is not the case. Anything that can evoke impure thoughts in the mind of the beholder is pornographic.

  1. Thou shalt not post hateful material.
  2. Any material that promotes or inspires hatred or violence towards any other person or group of people is strictly forbidden.

  3. Thou shalt not post blasphemous material.
  4. Any material that would lead one astray from the righteous path of the one true God must not be permitted on the Internet. These days children are gaining access to the Internet at younger and younger ages—a time when they are most vulnerable and susceptible to blasphemous viewpoints and suggestions.

  5. Thou shalt not post materials of an offensive political nature.
  6. Thou shalt not post materials concerning bestiality, including interracial relationships.
  7. God did not intend for different species or races to intermingle sexually. Any content that contradicts this natural law, directly or indirectly, is strictly forbidden.”

From the About Us Page

Talk to your children—let them know that the Internet, while being an extremely important and useful tool in today’s society, also contains many dark places that may lead their souls astray from the path of God. Do not be afraid to scare them!”

Lol because a little bit of child abuse goes a long way.

How to Spot a violation.

Example #2: Children’s Dinosaur Stories. You might think that a site that contains stories about dinosaurs for children would be innocent—but let’s stop and think about that for a moment. If you read the bible (you should, it’s great!) you know that dinosaurs never actually existed, and that God put those fossils and bones there to test our faith in Him. While the stories themselves may not contain any offensive material, the simple fact that they are about dinosaurs may cause a child to question his faith in the one true God. By blaspheming, this site is in violation of the Internet Acceptable Use Policy and should be added to our database.”

Fantastic.  Top marks to who ever came up with this.

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