Religion in Society

"Godblock" Software: Even Atheists are Against it

| by American Atheists

By David Silverman

One would expect that Christians, Muslims, Jews and other religious people would be offended by new “GodBlock” software aimed at removing Biblical references from children’s computer screens. But a number of atheists don’t like the tool either.

The program, according to its designers, “will test each page that your child visits before it is loaded, looking for passages from holy texts, names of religious figures, and other signs of religious propaganda. If none are found, then your child is allowed to browse freely.”

“I don’t like it,” David Silverman, national spokesperson and vice president of American Atheists, told the People’s World. “I don’t believe in sheltering kids from information.”

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Although it doesn’t quite say it in the article, I am also opposed to outlawing or boycotting anything like this. Parents SHOULD have the ability to make this kind of choice, but it’s not a concept behind which I can stand.