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No Atheists on MySpace

According to the Secular Student Alliance, MySpace.com has deleted what was the largest atheist grouping in the world. They say this was “due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive.”

Interesting. I wonder what to make of this. Conservative Christians demonstrating that they can be as nasty as conservative Muslims? The very existence of active nonbelievers being threatening to some people? Some religious people deciding they need to be more aggressive in the culture war?

About Taner Edis

Professor of physics at Truman State University

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    My understanding is that the site kept being compromised because the moderator allowed his password to be exposed to phishing attacks, and turned into a Christian site. After the third such compromise, when it was renamed to “Jesus is Love,” whoever compromised the account deleted his own profile, with the result that MySpace deleted the associated group. See the posts at the Friendly Atheist blog, here and here, where Bryan Pesta also claims that “Wikipedia has jumped on the bandwagon” because the Wikipedia article on the subject (which still exists and is actually a good source) was proposed for deletion.

    I don’t see any good evidence of MySpace intentionally deleting the group in order to suppress atheist views.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16826768452963498005 Jim Lippard

    Sorry, in re-editing my comment some of the wording became confusing or ambiguous. Bryan Pesta, the atheist who started and ran the group, had his MySpace account compromised by a phishing attack. The person who compromised the account deleted its profile, which resulted in MySpace deleting the group for which his account was the moderator.


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