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Monday, August 11, 2014

Pirate Bay inmate claims religious persecution: The Missionary Church of Kopimism

Peter Sunde has complained that his religious rights have been impinged after he was refused permission to meet a representative of a church inspired by the keyboard shortcuts for cut and paste.

The Pirate Bay co-founder was arrested in May after almost two years on the run, and is currently serving an eight-month sentence in Västervik prison following a conviction for copyright offences.
"The board of spiritual care (NAV) doesn't have any representative for the Kopimist faith with whom they cooperate and therefore the Prison and Probation Service should provide permission for electronic contact with representatives from the Kopimist faith to believers," Sunde wrote in his complaint.

The Missionary Church of Kopimism was founded by 19-year-old 'Young Pirate' member Isak Gersonin 2010, and was formally recognized as a religious organization by the Swedish government at the third attempt in December 2011. 
The Church derived its name from the online movement "Kopimi" (read as "copyme"), in which users are invited to add a "Kopimi" logo to their website if they are willing to have their information copied by others.
While the church denies any direct contact with The Pirate Bay, it considers the copying and dissemination of information akin to a religious service, or sacrament. Kopimism furthermore holds the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste, CTRL+C and CTRL+V, as sacred symbols. continue reading


On the same shelf:

  • Welcome to the missionary church of kopimism:
    In our belief, communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people.
    The absolute secrecy is holy in the church of kopimism.
    In the individual pastoral care and confession with the kopimist priests (the Ops), priests are protected under Swedish law by an absolute professional secrecy.
    Copyright Religion is our absolute opposite – Ongoing obstruction of copying.
    We challenge all copyright believers – most of which have a great deal of influence in politics, and who derive their power by limiting people’s lives and freedom. What they most of all want to limit the knowledge. We need to steel ourselves for their hatred and aggression.
    - Copy. download, uplooad!
    - All knowlegde to all!
    - Information technology is not to be feathered by laws.
  • Monday, June 02, 2014

    Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web -- New on the shelf

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1441175628?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=1441175628&linkCode=xm2&tag=httpmultifait-20
    Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, by Gilbert Ramsay
    Review – Jihadi Culture on the World Wide Web, by Anne Stenersen,
    "The book starts out with a simple, yet intriguing puzzle: Rather than asking why a few online jihadis eventually turn to violence, Ramsay asks why there are thousands who do not. The answer, he argues, can be found by seeing online jihadism as a subculture with its own practices, rewards, and self-justifications." continue reading E-International Relations (E-IR)

    Book Description:

    Examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life.

    This unique survey features case studies, such as the cyberjihadi "Irhabi 007," pro-US and Israeli "patriots" who are often openly Islamophobic, and "Infovlad" --a forum that became the meeting place for radical Islamists and radical freelance "counter terrorists."

    This innovative approach to studying violent content on the Internet is a significant contribution to the literature that will appeal to anyone interested in political violence, terrorism, and political communication.
    Contents:
    Chapter 1: Terror on the Internet?
    Chapter 2: Alternative Media, and its Alternatives
    Chapter 3: Jihadi Content on the Word Wide Web
    Chapter 4: Jihadi Forums in their Own Words
    Chapter 5: Disagreeable Disagreements
    Chapter 6: Being a Jihadi on the Internet
    Chapter 7: Some other ‘Jihadi’ Consumption Cultures: Crusaderism, War Porn, Shock
    Chapter 8: Jihadism between Fantasy and Virtuality: A Tentative Conclusion
    Glossary of Arabic Terms
    On the same shelf:
    This volume examines "jihadi" content on the Internet by drawing on both Arabic and English primary source materials. After examining this content as digital media, the work looks at how it is productively consumed by online communities, including how "jihadi" individuals construct themselves online and how jihadism is practiced and represented as an online activity. The work also discusses the consumption of such jihadi media by those who are hostile to radical Islam and the relation between fantasy, pleasure, ideology, and ordinary life.

    This unique survey features case studies, such as the cyberjihadi "Irhabi 007," pro-US and Israeli "patriots" who are often openly Islamophobic, and "Infovlad" --a forum that became the meeting place for radical Islamists and radical freelance "counter terrorists."

    This innovative approach to studying violent content on the Internet is a significant contribution to the literature that will appeal to anyone interested in political violence, terrorism, and political communication. - See more at: http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/jihadi-culture-on-the-world-wide-web-9781441124395/#sthash.a9q38nxN.dpuf

    Wednesday, April 30, 2014

    Beliefnet's How To Social Media Proof Your Marriage; Plus weekly faithwise roundup

    Tuesday, April 22, 2014

    ‘Satanic’ Craigslist killer; Plus Weekly faithwise roundup




    Thursday, April 17, 2014

    Five Ways the Internet Has Been Trying to Kill Religion, Plus Weekly faithwise roundup




  • 5 Ways the Internet Has Been Trying to Kill Religion
    1. Bad proofs that God exists
    2. Bad proofs that God does exist that are supposed to be good
    3. Search-engine cop-out
    4. Download your brain to a computer
    5. Play a game instead
  • A surprising map of the world's most and least religiously diverse countries by Max Fisher ! FOLLOW VOX!

  • The US is not as diverse as you might think; East Asia is the world's most religiously diverse region; Africa has lots of diversity along the Christian-Muslim divide; The Middle East is extremely homogenous — with key exceptions


  • Mike Ghouse A Muslim Pluralist Celebrates Easter 2014
  • Fostering social compassion at Easter and beyond Jakarta Post
  • Kirpans to be Accommodated at Canadian Missions Around the World, Source: Info@WorldSikh.Org 
  • Humor: This Guy Proves It’s Crazy to Be Atheist With One Simple and Hilarious Question : Christian comedian Brad Stine pokes fun at one of the most widely heard defenses against belief in God … and totally kills it! 
  • Exploring Interreligious Relations & Interfaith Culture : Editorial Taking on Religion’s Shadow Side by Paul Chaffee, The Interfaith Observer (TIO) 
  • Hollywood tries to win Christians' faith
  • Meet God, the Kremlin and Tilda Swinton, Some of the funniest parody accounts on the internet BBC 
  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

    The Rules Of Being Human


    The Rules Of Being Human:
    Probable source: Sanskrit (Hindu / Dharmic philosophy) 
     1. You will receive a body.
    You may like it or hate it, but it will be yours for as long asyou live. How you take care of it or fail to take care of it can make an enormous difference in the quality of your life.
    2. You will learn lessons.
    You are enrolled in a full-time, informal school called Life. Each day, you will be presented with opportunities to learn what you need to know. The lessons presented are often completely different from those you think you need.
    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    Growth is a process of trial, error and experimentation. You can learn as much from failure as you can from success. Maybe more.
    4. A lesson is repeated until it is learned.
    A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it (as evidenced by a change in your attitude and ultimately your behavior) then you can go on to the next lesson.
    5. Learning lessons does not end.
    There is no stage of life that does not contain some lessons. As long as you live there will be something more to learn. 
    6. “There” is no better than “here”.
    When your “there” has become a “here” you will simply discover another “there” that will again look better than your “here.” Don’t be fooled by believing that the unattainable is better than what you have.
    7. Others are merely mirrors of you.
    You cannot love or hate something about another person unless it reflects something you love or hate about yourself. When tempted to criticize others, ask yourself why you feel so strongly.
    8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    You have all the tools and resources you need. What you create with those tools and resources is up to you. Remember that through desire, goal setting and unflagging effort you can have anything you want. Persistence is the key to success.
    9. The answers lie inside of you.
    The solutions to all of life’s problems lie within your grasp. All you need to do is ask, look, listen and trust yourself 
    OR a variation in a book:
    If Life Is a Game, These Are the Rules by Cherie Carter-Scott (1998)
    The Ten Rules For Being Human:
    1. You will receive a body.
    2. You will be presented with lessons.
    3. There are no mistakes, only lessons.
    4. Lessons are repeated until learned.
    5. Learning does not end.
    6. "There" is no better than "here."
    7. Others are only mirrors of you.
    8. What you make of your life is up to you.
    9. All the answers lie inside of you.
    10. You will forget all of this at birth.

    An adapted version: By Kevin Kelly:

    RULES FOR BEING HUMANMostly by Cherie Carter-Scott; Additions by me

    Please study this manual before you are born.

    You will receive a body. Quality varies. You may like it or hate it, but it's yours for the entire period.

    You are enrolled in a full-time informal school called "life."

    Your assignment is to figure out what your assignment is. It will take all your life to complete this assignment.

    Lessons are repeated until they are learned. A lesson will be presented to you in various forms until you have learned it. When you have learned it, you can go on to the next lesson.

    If you're alive, that means there are still lessons to be learned.
    You will be graded not on what you accomplish, but on how you achieve.

    What you respond to (love or hate) in other people is merely a mirror of yourself. This program called life provides other people around you so they can illuminate the inside of you. You can not understand yourself without them.

    You have been provided with ALL the tools and resources you need for your lessons. You lack nothing essential.

    Greatness is overrated; happiness not promised. The only thing guaranteed is a full 3D sensorama (highest resolution, smell and taste included) with unlimited opportunities to use matter, energy, and love to affect others and to create.

    Try to make new mistakes.

    Good results come from treating others the way you want to be treated.

    Don’t be distracted by the successes of others. Your assignment will be unique. You can’t get to the next level imitating someone else.

    Everything will turn out okay in the end. If everything is not okay, it is not the end.

    You will forget all this.
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