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Religious Charity Pushes UK into Opt-In Porn Access

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If there is a God somewhere around us, he's permitted pornography as a way of celebrating his creations! Right? Not according to the UK's Christian "Mothers' Union," which is exactly as fun as it sounds: they've negotiated a porn blockade.

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Under the new system, the Guardian reports, porn-seekers will have to manually opt-in to receive titillating websites—that's right, they'll be blocked by default. The initiative's meant to keep little kids away from porn. Which, sure, probably isn't a bad idea. But it's a parent's job, not a centralized opt-in server's job. This also means that adult customers of the four (large) ISPs affected—BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin—will have their names associated with the HELLO, YES, I'D LIKE TO MASTURBATE WITH MY COMPUTER list. The privacy risks here are huge. What if that list were to leak? It's nothing to be ashamed of, but not something you want floating around, either. And in England, maybe now it is something to be ashamed of. [Guardian]


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Frekin' theists. In this age, how many decades after Darwin?, we still not only tolerate this foolishness, but allow them to drive their narrow minded and hateful agendas through the middle of our political process.

The reality is that most of the people who say they are theists, have never really given it any deep thought, and in any discussion on the veracity of religious claims, will either admit they are on pretty thin ground or place their fingers in their ears and go 'la-la-la'.

It's time to stop allowing magical thinking to infect our public discourse - it causes too much evil without a corresponding good (and no, your doing good and attributing it to your sky-fairie friends doesn't count - you were the one that did the good, not the sky-fairie)

"Religion is an insult to human dignity.

With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things,

and evil people doing bad things,

but for good people to do bad things?,

it takes religion."

- Steven Weinberg