God Block

Tanya - posted on 07/13/2010 ( 43 moms have responded )

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http://www.godblock.com/


GodBlock is a web filter that 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.


In the last century, the United States has seen a resurgence of fundamentalist religion. Fundamentalist Evangelicals, Mormons, Baptists, Muslims, and Jews have held back progress in science, human rights, civil rights, and protecting our environment. How can we reverse this trend and join the rest of the world in the gradual secularization of society and government?

Would you use it?

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Jessica - posted on 07/13/2010

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Not allowing access to learn about any religion is just as bad as overly thumping people teaching and preaching only one religion. You need to be exposed to all to make an actual choice based on either logic or faith, whatever works for the individual.

Krista - posted on 07/13/2010

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I wouldn't use it either. I want to raise a free-thinking child, not one who has been sheltered and cocooned away from anything that conflicts with my own personal beliefs. I would rather my children be exposed to all other religions and for them to be able to look at them all objectively and critically.

Caitlin - posted on 07/13/2010

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Sorry, I couldn't view this thread.. My God block was active..

Just kidding of course, I would never install it. Ideally, if your child is too young to make a decision on a religion, then they shouldn't be having unsupervised computer time. Kind of like sex, it's everywhere and a kid will have to learn to make the right decisions one way or another..

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2010

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No, I wouldn't use it. If my kids want to read about other religions I have no issue with it. I don't believe in censoring that sort of content from my kids. I am more than happy for them to learn about as many other religions as possible. My children are Catholic, but that doesn't mean that they will necessarily follow that path as adults.....and the only way they can ever make their own choices with regard to their religion and beliefs for THEMSELVES is to be exposed to religion, including other religions, be they extremist or otherwise. As long as we keep an open dialogue in our house, I have no problem with it.

Having said this, please keep in mind, I monitor my kids' internet access regardless of content anyway, so if I felt they weren't ready for particular content, I would veto it :)

Iris - posted on 07/13/2010

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No, I would not use GodBlock. My daughter comes to me very often asking about different religions, and I want her to be exposed to EVERY religion that is out there. I want her also to be able to recognize the extremists from the norm.



My main reason is because so much in the cultures all over the world involves around religion. I want her to learn about different faiths and believes, from Buddhism to Atheism.



Learning about different faiths is an eyeopener and no matter how much we might not want it to be so, many important choices made in this world will be from religious perspective. So to understand the world better you have to be exposed to the religions out there whether you like their stand or not.



-I myself is somewhere between agnostic and atheist.

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Isobel - posted on 07/23/2010

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I haven't played An Inconvenient Truth in front of my children either...cause I don't want to deal with the nightmares of the world ending...I am an equal opportunity censor :)

Isobel - posted on 07/23/2010

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Here I come to save the daaaaaaay!

I censor my kids every day. I have parental blocks on my television so that they cannot view porn or excessive violence,they cannot watch war movies (though I tell them the truth about wars and history, I don't think they need to see anybody sewing ears into a necklace in the Vietnam war)

I tell my children about different religions all the time (my daughter is currently enamored with the Jews...she just thinks the "Hanukkah People" make waaaay more sense than the Jesus people...anyhoo...

There are a lot of CRAZY religions out there, I don't want my 9 year old to accidentally pull up some apocalyptic, terrifying website that warns her that the end is near and that if she doesn't join their cult (which I believe all religions are) she is going to burn and be tortured and all that other good stuff.

Yes, at this age, I believe in censorship.

Danielle - posted on 07/23/2010

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No, I wouldn't use it. If my child wanted to look up information about religion and whatnot I think they should have access to doing so. I'll let my children know that if they see anything on the internet that's questionable they can come to me and ask me anything they want.

LaCi - posted on 07/14/2010

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gas mask



the ovaries are actually the eye holes lol.



I should probably take some new pictures. although they'll all still look radioactive since I'm so pale I glow in the flash ;x

Julie - posted on 07/14/2010

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I was going to see how much it cost and make fun of it, but got this error box

when I clicked on the download button:



---"We're sorry! GodBlock isn't ready yet. But please join the mailing and we'll let you know as soon as it is. Include your mailing address and we will send you 10 free GodBlock stickers!



Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand, I can no longer give away stickers. But please do make a donation and I will send you some! This donation will not only get you 10 awesome stickers, but it will help with the overall development of the project. Thanks!"---



SO, it is a moot point. The thing doesn't even exist yet and I'm betting it never will.

C. - posted on 07/14/2010

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(Off topic, sorry I couldn't help this..) LaCi, I'm afraid to ask what that picture is.. It looks like a radioactive set of ovaries.

C. - posted on 07/14/2010

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No offense was taken. Sorry if it came off that way. But no, I wouldn't use it for a few reasons.

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2010

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Christina, I didn't mean any offence by my question, I was just curious as to your reasonings either way, because I do know you have strong religious opinions :)

C. - posted on 07/13/2010

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"So Christina, when you say "Pretty sure you all know my answer.." I am curious......are you saying you would use it?"

Absolutely not. Why on Earth would I censor God-related material when I believe in God myself, Jodi?

There's more to why I wouldn't use it, but this wasn't a 'Would you use it and WHY would/wouldn't you use it' it's just a 'Would you?' And no, I wouldn't.

*Lisa* - posted on 07/13/2010

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Haha I also say pffft out loud AND on the computer. It's just the right sound for how you feel when you say pffft. Universal language! I think the real problem will be when we start saying 'gqtm' out loud...
Anyway, I would also not use this God block. I think there are far worse things on the internet than religious articles... I hope to always personally monitor what my son is looking at on the internet (until a certain age, not sure what that is yet).

Jaime - posted on 07/13/2010

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LOL Caitlin...thanks for clearing that up. Apparently I have a virtual lisp that I'm not aware of and I need to get it under control before my laptop has another shower.

Caitlin - posted on 07/13/2010

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the thing that makes you spit all over your screen is "thbbbbbttttt" I believe.. I pffft a lot, I make lots of sounds.. i'm very "expressive"

Amie - posted on 07/13/2010

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Whatdaya mean in your heads? /:) My friends and family give me constant crap and laugh at me because I say things like pffttt.. ugh.. etc. in real life. LOL Apparently this isn't something people normally do? I dunno...

I don't spit either Jamie. =P Ew. gqtm.

LaCi - posted on 07/13/2010

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Pfft. I'll continue using it. It is exactly what the sound in my head is lol

Jaime - posted on 07/13/2010

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I just had a thought...what's with pffffffffft? I do this a lot because in my head I think "ya, that's exactly the sound I should make when I'm getting ready to be sarcastic" but has anyone ever tried to put these syllables together? My computer screen doesn't need a saliva shower everyday...so now I gotta find a new way to introduce my sarcasm! Damnit!

Jaime - posted on 07/13/2010

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I will be using this...absolutely! I believe that it is my right to choose what I expose my son to and since I'm a devout atheist, I see no reason for him to come into contact with anything religious. I do own a bible but I'll be having a yard sale soon and it won't make the cut for 'things to keep'.

Pffffffffft...well shit, I tried to spice it up...but let's be real, I can't actually stifle my son's free will and his ability to think and believe what he chooses when he's old enough to understand what the bible is, and not just use it as a teether.

Amie - posted on 07/13/2010

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I wouldn't use it for a lot of reasons other women have already stated. I don't want to censor my children. Some things our youngest ones are censored from because of their age. Though I think all parents do that, age appropriate after all. I'm not going to handle my preteen like I do our toddler.

We have filters on our computers, though I rarely turn them on. Our oldest is the only one who gets free computer time away from us, it's also in her room. I used to walk in randomly to see what she's up to but she's earned my trust. If she ever does stumble across something I know she'll come talk to me.

Our middle two who use the computer are more interested in playing games the few times they do go on, then in surfing the web. It helps too that they are young enough that the one can't spell and the other is just learning. gqtm.

Jocelyn - posted on 07/13/2010

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I would totally use it. I find the Christian religion to be an abomination and do not want my children exposed to anything Christian until they are 18 or out of my house (which ever comes first).

ROFL ok ladies I tried to spice the debate up, but I don't think anyone will take me seriously :(

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Absolutely not. The only way imo to combat religion is by reading their books and watching its followers.

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What is going on?....EVERYONE is agreeing? Can someone just pretend to argue the other side? This is no fun!

Sarah - posted on 07/13/2010

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I wouldn't use it for all the reasons that everyone has already stated.
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Hannah - posted on 07/13/2010

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I wouldn't use it either. Just like everyone else has said, if you want free-thinking children, they should be exposed to all forms of religion.

On another note, I was forced to go to church when I was younger and on into highschool. Although I do believe in God, I am not a fan of organized religion and don't care for church. It frustrated me that I was forced to go when I was of age to make my own decision. I will never do that to my kids either!

Jodi - posted on 07/13/2010

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So Christina, when you say "Pretty sure you all know my answer.." I am curious......are you saying you would use it?

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I would not use it..

I think my kids should be free to learn about all religions and I also want my kids to see the extremes and learn about them so that they can use their knowledge to make their own decisions. I think religions would benefit from a lot more mutual understanding and education and knowledge is the key for me.

If i am scared that my children will read something inappropriate well, I will supervise computer time and discuss with them why it is inappropriate, that's all.

ME - posted on 07/13/2010

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No...I wouldn't use it...But, I know quite a bit about several world religions, and those I don't know about, I would be happy to learn about so that I can have a well-informed discussion with my children.

Johnny - posted on 07/13/2010

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I don't see the use of it. If you are wanting to raise intelligent, free thinking children, isn't part of that allowing them to be exposed to other ideas, even crazy ones, that will give them a chance learn to understand and think for themselves with the parent's guidance?

Jessica - posted on 07/13/2010

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I also wouldn't use it; like others have said I don't want to necessarily prevent my child from learning about religions, of all kinds- ideally I want him to be as well-informed as possible. That said, I'd certainly don't want him exposed to the wacky extremist, hate-filled versions of different religions. But, I think we'd deal with that as it came up. If it were for some reason to become an issue where he was seeing a lot of that kind of crap online I'd imagine we'd use it as a discussion-opener and if we really needed to block certain sites, well DH is a computer programmer so I'm sure it could be arranged ;)

Tara - posted on 07/13/2010

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No, I wouldn't use it. It's censorship. My kids will learn about all major religions of the world. We discuss religion often in our home, from a studying perspective.
The world is made up of all kinds of people. Diversity is what makes us all unique. I don't belong to any organized religion but feel my kids should make their own choices. However that said, when we discuss religion it is usually because there is a war going on somewhere that has been fueled by religious intolerance or there is a holiday that needs some explaining, or they have questions because they have heard things from friends or read it in a book etc.
The world is full of craziness (the internet is it's commercial), and my kids live in this world so they need to know what to expect and what to be tolerant of and what to stand up to.
Tara

Tanya - posted on 07/13/2010

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No I wouldn't use it but I can tell you I have seen some religious sites I would not want him on.
one like this guy:
http://lavistachurchofchrist.org/
His Q&A are just scary.
I have seen a few muslim and mormon pages that are pretty bad too.
I think I would just explain to him that most people don't feel the same way as the extremist.

C. - posted on 07/13/2010

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Pretty sure you all know my answer.. However I am curious to see if the same women that said they would NEVER censor their children's books would use it..?? It is censoring, after all.. And though it's not a book, it is reading material of some sort..

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