Sunday, January 8, 2012


A new religious movement has been formally recognized by the government of Sweden.  It's just a bit different than most religions you've run into.  For example, one of their central tenets is that all information sharing is “holy”.  Their sacred symbols include things like ^C (the keyboard shortcut for copying to the clipboard).

On one level, this is just an amusing story.  On another level, though, it's a great example of something that free societies embracing religious freedom find quite challenging: exactly what constitutes a “religion” (thereby becoming worthy of protection by the state)?  That turns out to be an astonishingly difficult – perhaps even impossible – question to answer objectively.

Thanks to Simon M. for passing this along...

1 comment:

  1. If Scientology gets to be a protected religion, pretty much anything can.