The award goes to the Birmingham City Council, whose internet filter blocks atheist, witchcraft, occult, and pagan sites but allows christian, hindu, muslim and jewish sites.
I’m not really sure what to say about that. I guess I’m not even that pissed – I’m just laughing. Why? Because why in the name of any god you choose would you enable your employees to look at religious websites in the first place? Even within Christianity there is such debate. Isn’t that just…dumb?
And it seems like the fault lies more with the software that they have cited – Bluecoat Software – than the City Council itself. My guess is that the Bluecoat Software comes with certain generic settings that allow, encourage and enable people to be discriminatory. If the software company would stop considering
“witchcraft or Satanism” and “occult practices, atheistic views, voodoo rituals or any other form of mysticism” and Wicca
As something bad, maybe the rest of the world would get a clue. If anything, my anger is directed there. Indeed, a quick look at Bluecoat’s “K9” line shows that they use sixty categories of “Bad/Good” Delineation.
They have Religion. And then, of course, even grouped up inside with the categories “Abortion” “Pornography” and “Violence/Hate/Racism” is, Alternative Spirituality / Occult.
Well guys, now that my morning has thoroughly pissed me off – here is their “contact us” page. Let them know how you feel about being discriminated against for your religion – which is, by the way, legally declared a religion in the United States for quite a few years. We have all of the rights that Christians do. Let’s use them.
I will not be recommending your product to anyone. It is unfair and discriminatory for you to place a valid and recognized religion according to the United States government – Wicca – into a category which is grouped with categories like Abortion, Pornography, and Racism. Perhaps you should allow yourselves to research a little before relying on Fundamentalist Christian Views to dictate what is ‘good’ and what is ‘bad.’
It is software companies like yourselves that enable discrimination and hate which all of the Wiccan and Pagan community have been fighting against for many, many years. You should be ashamed of yourselves for this action, which, although not blatantly obvious, provides the suggestion that Wicca and other earth based, legally recognized religions, are in some way, shape or form harmful to the greater society.
Blessed Be, all!