There has been a round of religiously motivated censorship recently that I would like to draw everyone’s attention to.
First is the anti-Koran film “Fitna”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fitna_%28film%29 which was pulled from LiveLeak due to threats “according to the Underwire”:http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/03/dutch-film-fitn.html. Dan originally “had the film embedded on his site”:http://www.tdaxp.com/archive/2008/03/27/watch-fitna-the-movie.html when he talked about it a couple of days ago. You can still see a copy at “Google Video”:http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3369102968312745410.
Then of course is our favourite religious corporate organization, the Church of Scientology. They sued to stop the distribution of “The Profit”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Profit, a fictional film about a religious group that resembles the Co$. This event happened a few years ago but illegal distribution is still going on and the controversy is still active as of three days ago. Anti-Co$ hacker network Anonymous drew everyone’s attention to the film again recently. You can “get the torrent”:http://thepiratebay.org/tor/4092650 at TPB (h/t DtB).
Lastly there is the PZ Myers episode last week of being “expelled from Expelled”:http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/03/expelled.php. PZ is a biology prof and evolution blogger. “Expelled”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Expelled:_No_Intelligence_Allowed is a creationist “documentary” about how “Big Science” shuts out the dissenting views on evolution. PZ went to a showing, was recognized while standing in line and kicked out of the theater. His three guests got in though, one of which was … wait for it … “this dude!”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_God_Delusion PZ blogged the incident and epic lulz ensued.
What to make of all this? Hey, the religious orgs are doing what they do: shutting people up and trying to control the message. Whether it involves litigation or violence, organized religion wants to build boundaries around the minds of believers and non-believers alike. The sad thing is that they have been surprisingly successful. However, I think this just makes them look worse in the end. I can’t wait for the day when transparency and rationality reign.