File-Sharing Is Now a Religion

Sweden has granted The Church of Kopism, a religion based on file-sharing, official status.  Does that make BitTorrent a mega-church? (Please note the ample use of scare quotes in the BBC story.)

Sweden recognises new file-sharing religion Kopimism

The Church of Kopimism claims that “kopyacting” – sharing information through copying – is akin to a religious service.

The “spiritual leader” of the church said recognition was a “large step”.

But others were less enthusiastic and said the church would do little to halt the global crackdown on piracy.

Holy information

The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet finally registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organisation shortly before Christmas, the group said.

“We had to apply three times,” said Gustav Nipe, chairman of the organisation.

The church, which holds CTRL+C and CTRL+V (shortcuts for copy and paste) as sacred symbols, does not directly promote illegal file sharing, focusing instead on the open distribution of knowledge to all.



125,225 of 350,000,000

That’s the percentage of the American populace that voted in the non-binding Iowa Caucus on Tuesday night.

Just a little reality check, here.

A Complementarian Who Thinks Mark Driscoll Is a Misogynist

I won’t be reviewing Mark and Grace Driscoll’s new book.  That’s because I won’t be reading it.  But I’m glad that David Moore of Fuller Seminary’s The Burner Blog did. Dave confesses in his post that he is a complementarian, a position that I find biblically, theologically, and cultural untenable and downright disgusting. Nevertheless, Dave holds it, and he still thinks that the Driscolls’ book is full of misogynistic crap.

Over to you, Dave:

When I received Real Marriage: The Truth About Sex, Friendship and Life Together by Mark and Grace Driscoll, there was a certain expectation. [The Burner] was expecting something irritating, something provocative and something worthy of the “Crazy Mark Driscoll” pet name I use to refer to the Mars Hill (Seattle) pastor.

I saw it coming, and got blindsided. This book is an astoundingly unbelievable disrespect for women.

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Twit-Interview with Joe Boyd

Joe Boyd

An old friend, Joe Boyd, is relaunching his blog.  I’m honored to be his first interview.  Here’s a taste:

JOE:  Tony, tweet to the first person you kissed.

TONY:  Lisa Washington. She kissed me, actually, in 6th grade. Her dad played for the Vikings, so I was scared.

JOE:  Tweet your bio as if you were your biggest fan.

TONY:  @jonestony calls the church to be better than it is. And he’s a good writer.

JOE:  Tweet your bio as if you were the one person who hates you the most.

TONY:  @jonestony hasn’t said anything new or interesting in years.

READ THE REST: 140 or Less. My Interview with Dr. Tony Jones « rebel pilgrim.