As parents of two young daughters my wife and I are very cautious about, and closely monitor, the Internet content and websites that our daughters visit. Since their ages are six and eight respectively, it's mostly been Disney.com, Nickelodeon.com and PBSKids.com.
It's safe to say that any self-respecting, responsible parent wants to protect their child from inadvertently surfing into the mucky mire of obscene or adult content online, which streams through the Internet as does wastewater sludge through sewer pipes.
I mean it's ultimately the job of parents to protect kids from viewing potentially damaging images and content that are violent, racist, pornographic, obscene or....apparently related to God or religion.
"Huh, what's that last bit - protecting kids against religious content?" you might ask - and the troubling answer would be yes.
I was stunned when I recently stumbled upon this MSN.com story by Helen A.S. Popkin that includes an overview of a new anti-religious software filter called GodBlocker.
After reading the piece, I went to the site myself because it seemed like a nonsensical hoax. However, there you'll see the following rationale for the "need" of such a content filter which is prominently posted on the product's download page.
"GodBlock is a web filter that blocks religious content. It is targeted at parents and schools who wish to protect their kids from the often violent, sexual, and psychologically harmful material in many holy texts, and from being indoctrinated into any religion before they are of the age to make such decisions....
In the last century, the United States has seen a resurgence of fundamentalist religion. Fundamentalist Evangelicals, Mormons, Baptists, Muslims, and Jews have held back progress in science, human rights, civil rights, and protecting our environment. How can we reverse this trend and join the rest of the world in the gradual secularization of society and government?
Most deeply religious people are born into their religion, but even children raised in a secular household are vulnerable to content on the web. That's why we've produced GodBlock."
Secularized Society - Is That Our Hope???
There are several issues with this rationalization, but the most glaring is the underlined portion of striving to "...join the rest of the world in the gradual secularization of society and government..." as if that's a good thing.
Last time I checked, the human rights abuses and human death toll tallied under intentionally secularized, atheistic governments - namely China and the Soviet Union - were in the hundreds of MILLIONS of people during the past 80 years alone.
How is that a pattern to emulate? How can something so evil be even remotely considered good?
Ironically, the Old Testament offers some prophetic insight from more than 2,000 years ago into that modernity mindset:
Isaiah 5:20, "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter."
Whether you're religious or not, this passage rings true. A society and culture whose individual citizens willingly choose to ignore the difference between "good and evil" is problematic and ultimately destined for the trash heap of history.
As Popkin alluded to in her story, shouldn't such filter-blocking energies be directed at the real cause of out societal woes? Namely the likes of Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag?
All I can say is, "God help us all....uh, er, I meant to say...Secularized Society and Government help us all!" Phew, that was a close one - this should get past GodBlock now!
Apparently God and Religion are on Equal Footing With Porn