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March 16, 2007

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AhmedF

What? Conservatives trying to impose their moral beliefs on others? Shocking!

***FS*** I usually try to stay away from religion topics because I really don't want to offend anyone, but airing theories like these are therpeutic for me and if enough folks do it.. it may serve to keep us all freer people for longer.

Derek P

Your blog is more popular than mine.

The options here? (a) accept it. (b) improve my blog. (c) give up. Personally I'd go for a healthy mixture of (a) and (b).

The churches answer? Ban your blog. Insane.

***FS*** That is a very powerful statement IMO

Adam

"The Church is seeing dwindling returns at the tithe plate as the masses spend that extra tithe money on broadband and that extra time online."

This is a stretch at best. The problems of the Church are much larger than the internet. Although it is influencing, the greater problem of the Church is an internal problem.

Btw if you dont want to offend you should watch the way you speak. . . things like "hypnotic grip" etc are easily read as direct slams Frank

***FS*** Thats true Adam .. I trying to push the thought envelope a bit here. I was in church few weeks ago for friends son's confirmation.. and my parents are devout Catholic.. My mom plays organ in church. But to be fair the church doesn't like its sphere of influence shrinking. Nobody likes that.

Drewbert

I read this blog religiously.

Should that be a concern?

You better not be brainwashing me, Mr Schilling!

***FS*** Look in my eyes Drew.. you are getting very sleepy.

Adamo

Organized religion is just one of many institutions concerned about the rise of the net and all that that means - good and bad. Because of the free and open access to information, ideas, and feedback that the net provides (some of it inspiring, some of it downright bad), all those with a vested interest in preserving their hold on power (which in many cases translates to power over the dissemination of information, or at least the right to decide for the rest of us what we can see or know), have something to fear from the net. This ranges from governments, especially in repressive societies, all the way down to certain professions whose leverage comes from special knowledge previously not accessible to others. Some will cope with the transition to the more open society that is coming, others will fight tooth and nail to the last to preserve the old order. For the western world, the democratization of knowledge has been ongoing for many years, albeit greatly accelerated since the advent of the net. The mainstream churches have actually accommodated themselves as best the can, although pockets of resistance from hardliners and smaller churches can be expected to intensify. The real revolution (and backlash) will come from other parts of the world where the ruling elites are not accustomed to having their authority challenged, least of all by their own people. They, of course, will equate the net with western imperialism and attempt to control it in order to preserve their culture, which really means preserving their own position, and not allowing their own people free access to 'subversive' ideas. But the power of the net as a distributor of subversion will be as impossible to stop as the next breaking tide, but of course that doesn't mean they won't try to stop it. We really do live in very interesting times!

***FS*** Wow! Its well thought through comments like this that make me glad to post in the first place. And in that statement lies the magic of the net.. connecting people sharing thoughts and ideas. Tres cool.

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