UPDATE: See the comments for more on the saga. The MySpace group mentioned has been restored.
Skeptico has a post titled Sniveling Cowardly Christians. And yes, the title is justified:
Early this month, MySpace again deleted the Atheist and Agnostic Group (35,000 members). This deletion, due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive, marks the second time MySpace has cancelled the group since November 2007.
“MySpace refuses to undelete the group, although it never violated any terms of service,” said Bryan Pesta, Ph.D., the group’s moderator. “When the largest Christian group was hacked, MySpace’s Founder, Tom Anderson, personally restored the group, and promised to protect it from future deletions.”
This originally comes from MySpace: No place for Atheists?, read that or Skeptico’s post for more details. In particular, Skeptico asks:
Where are the “moderate Christians” protesting the atheists’ group’s right to exist? This act shows the religious mindset as it really is – intolerant, authoritarian, cowardly and vindictive.
While I don’t know how tolerant or intolerant the group was, the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University endorsed the group which is a good sign:
The group had its own Wikipedia entry, and in April won the Excellence in Humanist Communication Award (2007) from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Secular Student Alliance.
And here’s the thing, even if they were intolerant (which they probably were not), I still believe moderate Christians in favour of Freedom of Religion should be prepared to protest the atheists’ group’s right to exist.
So here’s the question: can we get some protest-action going somehow? Can we campaign to get the group undeleted? I don’t know that much about protesting, how would we go about it? I’m not following enough “moderate Christian” blogs, or possibly “emerging church” blogs, to know who to get involved. Maybe, just maybe, Real Live Preacher would be interested in picking this up and writing something beautiful and/or creative and/or just practical about it? I don’t know if he’d want to get involved in Internet politics. Possibly not. Either way, I love his tolerance-promoting post titled A New Abraham and a New Earth. Viva!