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In the last century, the United States has seen a resurgence of fundamentalist religion, especially in the South and Midwest. Fundamentalist Evangelicals, Mormons, Baptists, and Jews have held back progress in science, human rights, civil rights, and protecting our environment. Non-believers are essentially not allowed to run for any significant government office, which prohibits a large population of what is arguably our best and brightest (90% of Nobel prize winners are atheists) to lead our country. These fundamentalists are infiltrating every branch of our society, from government to academia, arguing that separation of church and state was never meant to be a part of US law, and pushing mysticism and superstition dressed up as science (”theology”, intelligent design) while denying all evidence that we are harming our planet.
Meanwhile, fundamentalist Muslims have made their first attack on US soil, scaring our reactionary Christian government into curbing our civil rights and seriously limiting our freedoms. We have abandoned any moral high ground we once had by torturing suspected Muslim terrorists, which is ultimately the result of religious prejudice. And in countries like India and the Sudan, people slaughter each other by the thousands, largely because of religious differences. Religion and superstition kill even more in 3rd world countries because our fundamentalist government refuses to provide the means to stop the spread of AIDS. And even if they did have access to condoms, they might not use them because local priests and mystics teach people that they are ineffective, and a trick by 1st world countries.
Perhaps not all of these problems were started by religion, but it is hard not to see that many of the problems listed here are allowed to continue because of it. Our society has such a warped irrational love of superstition (”faith”) that attributing this or that to faith is like a get out of jail free card, and it is taboo to even question anothers beliefs. Why perpetuate an institution that gives the evil-doers one more line of defense? If we can’t strip the robes and jewelry from religion and see it for what it actually is (namely fear, ignorance, and thirst for power), then it’s going to be a very sad future indeed.
Any fundamentalist will tell you that “you have to get ‘em while they are young.” This is like fundamentalist 101. That’s why we’ve produced GodBlock. GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent and sexual material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion and forced to check their reason and humanism at the door before they are of the age to make such decisions.
When installed properly, GodBlock will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely. But if religious content is found, your child receives a page that states simply:
Blocked for religious content.
“Please refrain from devoting your life to imaginary supernatural beings until you are at least 18 years old.”
No filter is perfect, and false positives are an unfortunate reality. But isn’t it better to be safe than sorry? Make the world a better place. Protect your impressionable kids and students from harmful ideas so that they don’t grow up to spread hate, fear, and shame. Allow them to hold onto their natural reason, compassion, and acceptance without being polluted or destroyed by some self-serving or delusional fanatic.
Install GodBlock today!