[Noisebridge-discuss] update on the shrine!

Al Sweigart asweigart at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 22:22:11 PDT 2011


Noisebridge should be a secular space. Religious services and
activities doesn't really fall into the whole creative/maker/hacker
topics that Noisebridge is dedicated for. It's the same reason I keep
my smartass atheist rants in check there. It isn't the place for it.

-Al

On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM, Michael C. Toren <mct at toren.net> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 10:16:59PM +0000, Jason Dusek wrote:
>> > The main issue, for many people, was that the shrine was being
>> > used in a religious context.
>>
>> That this is an issue is a concern of mine. If it was, so what?
>> A space that can accept so many other things can not accept the
>> exercize of the Buddhist religion? I don't see on what basis we
>> can do that. Personal dislike of religion?
>
> Hi Jason,
>
> There are a few ways I can try to articulate why so many people find it
> so offensive, and have such a violent negative reaction to it, but I think
> the mailing list probably isn't the best medium for that conversation.  I
> can see why you would ask, though, and I'd be happy to talk to you about
> it a little bit the next time we see each other in person.
>
> But, all of those reasons aside: Given that it *is* such a loaded issue,
> that so many people *do* have a strong negative reaction to it, and that
> there are so many other places to conduct such activities, it seems to me
> that at the very least, doing so at Noisebridge is rather rude.
>
> -mct
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