Boo!

In the war against God in public places, now there is a new tool.  GodBlock is a webfiltering software that (when it’s actually finished) “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. When installed properly, GodBlock 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.” (from their website)

Forget about p0rn.  Forget about racism and misogyny and sadism and murder and all the other “evils” of society.  Now parents can protect their children from that most insidious of all, God.  Oops!  Did I say God?  Sorry, I guess this page will be blocked too. (I wonder if their software will block their own site?…)   Oh, and “names of religious figures” will probably be bad news for any webpage written by a John, Mark, Matthew, Luke, Mary, Joshua,  Jesus, etc.  I can see the future now.  Children, instead of furtively searching the internet for illicit pictures (which are so old hat), will hide in the garage and look….dum dum dum….for God.  Instead of saying “Boo!” to scare someone, children will be running to Mother with “Mommy!  Darwin just yelled ‘God’ at me!”   Subversive students will be spray-painting “God rocks!” on high school walls at night.

I welcome this.  Why not?  It is such a quaint, if naive, attempt to get rid of God.  I think Nietzsche’s “God is dead” was more potentially dangerous, except for the unfortunate fact that He is not.  I’m not exactly sure why some Christians oppose the “get rid of God” movement so strongly.  When God is a bad word, when speaking or praying to Him is forbidden, then perhaps the most timid members of the church will realize that there is a fate worse than death. (Mark 8:38) “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  And the God who speaks from burning bushes and in dreams and visions will in no way be “blocked”….no matter how scared the recipient is.  (Heb 12:28-29)  “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. ”

I have been enjoying Dorothy Sayers’ essays tremendously.  It is so refreshing to read someone who gets the point, and makes no bones about it.  In her book “The Mind of the Maker” she discusses the moral law and the moral code.  Here is a quote from chapter 1:

“The moral code depends for its validity upon a consensus of human opinion about what man’s nature really is, and what it ought to be, when freed from this mysterious self-contradiction and enabled to run true to itself.  If there is no agreement about these things, then it is useless to talk of enforcing the moral code.  It is idle to complain that a society is infringing a moral code intended to make people behave like St. Francis of Assisi if the society retorts that it does not wish to behave like St. Francis, and considers it more natural and right to behave like the Emperor Caligula.  When there is a genuine conflict of opinion, it is necessary to go behind the moral code and appeal to the natural law – to prove, that is, at the bar of experience, that St. Francis does in fact enjoy a freer truth to essential human nature than Caligula, and that a society of Caligulas is more likely to end in catastrophe than a society of Franciscans.” (pg. 10, The Mind of the Maker, Dorothy Sayers, Harper & Row 1941). (see note below)

She further expounds that the moral code is based on the moral law “which purports to be statements of fact about man and the universe, and upon which the whole moral code depends for its authority and its validity in practice.  These statements do not rest on human consent; they are either true or false.  If they are true, man runs counter to them at his own peril.  He may, of course, defy them, as he may defy the law of gravitation by jumping off the Eiffel Tower, but he cannot abolish them by edict.” (pg 11, same)  A society that behaves like the man defying gravity will in due course experience the same “judgement” that the man receives upon reaching the ground of the Eiffel Tower – death.

And a society that decides to “block” any website that mentions God but allows things like child p0rn will soon engage in its own death throes.

(John 3:18-20)  “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil.   For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. ”

Note:  St Francis of Assisi was a man known for his love of others and the natural world.  Caligula was a Roman emperor noted for brutality, immorality and insanity.

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About nathankathy

Nathan and Katherine Born are two Christians trying to serve God as best they can.
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