Mystical atheism!

Following the statistics ofΒ  a blog or website is interesting. One thing I have noticed is that the largest numbers of hits and comments occur during working hours. Obviously many people find blog activity an entertaining way of filling in their time at work.

Perhaps this is a healthy way of getting by. I’m all for it, anyway. But you can understand employers wanting to restrict this activity so as to extract even more surplus labour from their wage slaves. (On the other hand, I have a theory that employers often like to turn a ‘blind eye’. After all, an employee who feels guilty that they may be ripping the firm off is less likely to protest about the things that really matter – like wage levels and working conditions).

But have a look at this report – Council ban on atheist web sites. Apparently the Birmingham City Council has decided to block staff from accessing atheist web sites at work, while giving their blessing to those who wish to pursue their religion on-line. Lots of employers control access to the internet. But what about this explanation:

The authority’s Bluecoat Software computer system allows staff to look at websites relating to Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and other religions but blocks sites to do with “witchcraft or Satanism” and “occult practices, atheistic views, voodoo rituals or any other form of mysticism”.

Surely they have it the wrong way around. Surely “Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and other religions” belongs with “occult practices, voodoo rituals or any other form of mysticism”.

We know that atheism doesn’t!

While on the subject of corporate IT – have a look at this video on the medieval help desk

Help desk – introducing the book (2 min 40 sec)

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2 responses to “Mystical atheism!

  1. I suspect that this might just be a case of mislabelling. Perhaps their intent was to ban their workers from visiting sites that staff have no real reason for spending time on during work time. In this context sites about atheism are in the same boat as sites about religions.

    I doubt they were intentionally trying to say that atheism per se is a form of mysticism but that because it often deals with issues of mysticism it’s not related to work.

    (My excuse for blogging during work time is that I’m self-employed and I’m happy to bear the consequences of an unproductive day from time to time πŸ˜‰ )


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