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Border Collie's Avatar Comment 1 by Border Collie

... just gets sillier every day ...

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:32:00 UTC | #209589

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 2 by Ishruul

Ah crap, witch hunt ahead!!!!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:34:00 UTC | #209591

thewhitepearl's Avatar Comment 3 by thewhitepearl

It is discriminatory not only against atheists but they also are banning access to sites to do with witchcraft.

Yes, I can see how they equate atheism and witchcraft.

But not religious websites huh?

it is unlawful to discriminate against workers because of their religion or belief, which includes atheism.

Belief, lack of belief, belief, lack of belief...hmm yeah atheism fits under belief alright.

I feel like I need blood pressure medicine right now. I guess I'll be the first to say it:


Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:35:00 UTC | #209592

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 4 by mordacious1

I think if they ban witches from certain sites, they should sic their flying monkeys on them. (fly my pretties, fly)

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:39:00 UTC | #209596

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 5 by mordacious1


Atheists are right in there with criminal activities and sexual deviancy, too.

[edit] I couldn't work there. No illegal gambling, sexual deviancy, or atheism? What would I do all day.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:41:00 UTC | #209597

DamnDirtyApe's Avatar Comment 7 by DamnDirtyApe

This better be some taffin fools idea of a joke.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:42:00 UTC | #209600

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 6 by Ishruul

See, I am a manager and I'll hit myself with a fucking baseball bat if I would dare to impose any kind of religious control over the employee.

The use of internet nowaday is the same as listening to the radio 2 decades ago. It was met with opposition but now, what kind of shopping mall doens't have a soundtrack. It is natural for the human specie to seek out informations (relevant or not) and trying to control it is futile.

And above all, illegal cause free speech and the right to education is kinda the main focuse of the Canadian and the U.S. constitution.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:42:00 UTC | #209599

ksskidude's Avatar Comment 8 by ksskidude

Why do people continually have to step on people's rights. Maybe they shouldn't be doing it at work, but to totally block them from viweing these wensite's is just ridiculous!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:42:00 UTC | #209601

Tezcatlipoca's Avatar Comment 9 by Tezcatlipoca

hmmm, does this mean they are blocked from! I'd be willing to donate a hellbore cannon or two for the cause...all other fictional armaments available at a generous discount.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:43:00 UTC | #209602

the way's Avatar Comment 10 by the way

I guess for those who have lived sheltered lives, "Atheist" comes across as a a dirty word....I wonder if they would ban them from accessing "Secular" or "Free Thinkers" websites?....I wonder if many of them would even know what they meant! Atheists are such horrid people didn't you know!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:45:00 UTC | #209603

ksskidude's Avatar Comment 12 by ksskidude

Oops I meant to write websites, not wensites! Idiot! Said in a 'Napoleon Dynamite' kind of voice!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:46:00 UTC | #209608

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 11 by Steve Zara

This is incredibly stupid, but I can't see this lasting. There is no way they will be allowed to block, for example, the website of that nice Richard Dawkins who appeared on Dr Who.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:46:00 UTC | #209607

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 13 by Ishruul

I just thought of something. Can someone be more contradicting than this? Don't go on religious websites 'cause it's bad...and don't go on websites that piss on religion 'cause it's bad...m'kay!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:53:00 UTC | #209614

mordacious1's Avatar Comment 14 by mordacious1


You probably also meant to write viewing, not viweing.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:54:00 UTC | #209615

Peacebeuponme's Avatar Comment 15 by Peacebeuponme

Have to agree with Steve, this really won't last. Another good day for atheism. Religious bigotry has again been highlighted.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 09:58:00 UTC | #209619

felandath's Avatar Comment 16 by felandath

Damn! I used to work for the Birmingham City Council. I remember them conducting a luncheon to celebrate faith based diversity with a special emphasis on Islam. And I remember how respectfully they tiptoed around Islam. This was around the time of the 7/7 bombings in London. Not one mention was made about how radical elements within the muslim community would be handled.

The BCC is heavily represented by Muslims. Wouldn't put it past them to influence a decision such as this. I being an atheist, who was born a Muslim, am not looked upon too kindly by my brethren, you see. :)

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:00:00 UTC | #209620

thewhitepearl's Avatar Comment 17 by thewhitepearl

Atheists are right in there with criminal activities and sexual deviancy, too.

I know it's upsurd. Sometimes I wish I could carry around a stupidity bat, and have the ablity to transport myself. I'd spend my life dedicated to wacking stupidity out of people.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:01:00 UTC | #209621

ridelo's Avatar Comment 18 by ridelo

I'm utterly pleased to see that Pastafarianism escaped the auto da fé. Imagine no spaghetti. Horrible.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:02:00 UTC | #209622

Tezcatlipoca's Avatar Comment 19 by Tezcatlipoca


the visual of you beating the stupidity out of people with the bat... I think my coworkers are reaching for the nets and jacket due to my inability to contain my chortling.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:03:00 UTC | #209623

Elli's Avatar Comment 20 by Elli

I imagine a very quick re-draft of the policy will be forthcoming, and maybe some poor performance reviews for the responsible drafters. What stupid lawyers sat down with their client's instructions to draft a policy including these terms and said to themselves "Sounds good, I see no problems here".

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:08:00 UTC | #209626

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 21 by Ishruul

I've just receive a memo, It read as follow:

Dear jive suckers,

Since you all seem to acquire some sort of intelligence, our administration has seem fit to forbid any one of the company to read the news, watch tv or talk to anyone else beside your supervisor in hope to coerce you to think more 'in line of company's policy' or as you refer to 'the pussy policy'.

Thank you all and go back to your cubicle in hope that you regress back into the sheeple stade you were in earlier.

All suggestion can be toss in the carbage can has usual.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:08:00 UTC | #209627

Quetzalcoatl's Avatar Comment 22 by Quetzalcoatl


I know it's upsurd. Sometimes I wish I could carry around a stupidity bat, and have the ablity to transport myself. I'd spend my life dedicated to wacking stupidity out of people.

I would pay good money to see that!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:09:00 UTC | #209628

Cartomancer's Avatar Comment 23 by Cartomancer

Wow. I first saw this on Pharyngula and didn't think it was a big deal. I assumed it was referring to Birmingham Alabama, or one of the other pseudo-Birminghams they doubtless have over the pond, not the real genuine and authentic black-country Birmingham itself. I could imagine the frothing fundamentalists of the bible belt doing this sort of thing, but the bureaucratic buffoons of the Meriden Gap?

I'm sure the dour, chip-munching, whippet-fancying northerners who inhabit that benighted realm won't put up with such nonsense for long.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:10:00 UTC | #209629

thewhitepearl's Avatar Comment 24 by thewhitepearl

Tez, Quetz

True story, I beat the you know what out of two girls with a golf club once.

I realise the image may strike you as funny, it does me too, only because I would do it in true slapstick form.

I would appear out of the blue, walk up and first confirm that said person is the person i'm looking for and that they made said stupid comment, give em one (or a couple of good whacks) and then turn around and disappear.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:13:00 UTC | #209630

Ishruul's Avatar Comment 25 by Ishruul

Curiusly enough, the muslim got their own version of the stupidity bat, it's the keep-people-in-ignorance-suicide-bomber.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:15:00 UTC | #209631

Tezcatlipoca's Avatar Comment 26 by Tezcatlipoca

I was raised on saturday morning looney toons so I appreciate the tasteful (grin) application of slapstick violence to the deserving.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:15:00 UTC | #209632

TIKI AL's Avatar Comment 27 by TIKI AL

so; taboo, or not taboo?

pearl: If you visit Az, you may borrow my al-U-minny-um bat. Lots of bonafide targets within walking distance from my house!

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:29:00 UTC | #209637

Steve Zara's Avatar Comment 28 by Steve Zara

Comment #221132 by Cartomancer

My dear fellow, Birmingham is not North. It is barely in the Midlands.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:31:00 UTC | #209639

Quetzalcoatl's Avatar Comment 29 by Quetzalcoatl


True story, I beat the you know what out of two girls with a golf club once


- Backs away -

Did I mention that your latest avatar is very fetching?

- Breaks into a run -


Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:34:00 UTC | #209641

mrjonno's Avatar Comment 30 by mrjonno

The National Secular Society is mentioning atheism and witchcraft in the same sentence because it promotes wait for it Secularism not atheism. I believe it even has a few religious members. In this its entirely appropiate.

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:35:00 UTC | #209642