SOPA has been shelved (probably so they can try to pass something like SOPA in some other bill when nobody is looking). Wikipedia has decided to participate in the blackout. We will also take part in the blackout. Now we must speak up against PIPA. Spread the word, post about it everywhere, talk about it, get informed.
More information on PIPA
- For an in-depth analysis of PIPA, read this blog post by PK Deputy Legal Director Sherwin Siy.
- Read about why prominent Internet engineers are against PIPA.
- Read this letter from 13 public interest organizations in opposition to PIPA.
- Read about why the New York Times and LA Times came out against PIPA as written.
- Read this letter from 100+ law professors opposing PIPA.
- Read this letter from 50 venture capitalists expressing concern with PIPA.
- Read the letter from NetCoalition concerning the Private Right of Action in PIPA.
- Read the text of PIPA yourself.
After watching the debate a few times online, it’s clear that the Rational Response Squad claimed the victory. Way of the Master had promised before the debate that they could prove the existence of God in thirteen minutes, without using faith or the Bible. Sadly, within just a few minutes they had utterly broken their promise. Now, I don’t claim to be able to prove that God exists any better than Comfort and Cameron. I can’t even say that I would have done better in their places.
From the verge.
Margaret Downey and The Rational Response Squad are featured in an article about the growth of atheism and The Tree of Knowledge. Philadelphia atheists are featured from Philly atheist meetup. Kelly O’Connor (Kellym78/my girlfriend) is mentioned as a stripper and I (Brian Sapient) described myself as OCD/ADHD.
The OCD would explain 90% of my compulsion to end religion and the 40 hour days I work. The other 10% of my drive would be a combination of Kent Hovind, Ray Comfort, Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, my mother, George Bush, and every man who was ever a Pope.
Source: NY Times
Curiously, the religious group that makes the most imaginative and despotic use of YouTube are atheists. The Rational Response Squad, a furtive organization devoted to curing theism, has challenged YouTubers to post videos of themselves denying the existence of the Holy Spirit and thereby — in the group’s reading of Mark 3:29 — damn themselves for eternity.
More than 1,200 people have posted blasphemy videos as of this writing. In each one, a single person speaks the line, “I deny the Holy Spirit.” Sometimes he or she adds more: a name, a speech, a further denial of Easter Bunny-like entities.
Some blasphemers are jaunty, some are insolent, some are scary, some are nervous. But all of them (young and old, mostly English-speakers, but with a range of accents and ethnicities) seem to believe they are making a statement of some gravitas — issuing a reproof to doctrine, possibly risking their salvation. On the face of each participant is both a wonderful purity of purpose — the mandate is so simple, the one-line script so unforgettable — and a clear vulnerability.
Will anyone regret taking the so-called Blasphemy Challenge? If so, can they retract their videos?
While we appreciate the most “imaginative” title, we would like the record to reflect that atheism is not a religion, nor are we a religious group. The fact that such a stupid remark could get past the editor of the NY Times is a reflection on just how far we have to go.