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Council ban on atheist websites Jul. 29th, 2008 02:18 pm
A city council has blocked its staff from looking at websites about atheism.

Lawyers at the National Secular Society said the move by Birmingham City Council was "discriminatory" and they would consider legal action.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7530519.stm


Slightly baffled, to be honest.

From: ghoti
Date: July 29th, 2008 - 01:24 pm (Link)
We had one of our RE curriculum sites banned by the council. I am no longer surprised by anything.
From: drdoug
Date: July 29th, 2008 - 02:02 pm (Link)
Sounds to me like Brum CC decided there was a problem with excessive and inappropriate web browsing on work time and installed some American nanny software as a "solution", and ended up barring more than they realised they were. The atheism bit wouldn't seem half so odd across the pond, where it's widely perceived as tantamount to evil.
From: reddragdiva
Date: July 29th, 2008 - 02:12 pm (Link)
Bluecoat Web Poxy, a dainbramaged piece o'shite. We have it at work. The drooling spacktards running the systems should be able to switch off the "ban atheism" bit though.
From: kelemvor
Date: July 29th, 2008 - 07:37 pm (Link)
Seconded!
We have Bluestraitjacket at work, and it frequently blocks links from my FList on the grounds of questionable taste! Granted, those links are sometimes to cracked.com, but still...
From: valkyriekaren
Date: July 29th, 2008 - 03:10 pm (Link)
Oh FFS!

(Actually quite glad I'm not in work today!)
From: mrsbioguyver
Date: August 1st, 2008 - 06:49 pm (Link)
I've regularly had scientific websites blocked by the offsite filtering thingy (that's the technical name for it at school), they are often classifyed as 'Occult'. Hmmmm

(I'm a friend of souldier_blue and have meet you a couple of times - wouldn't mine being on your FL if possible.)