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[opensuse-project] Re: [opensuse-factory] Religious and political views in packages
On Fri, 9 Sep 2011, Sascha Peilicke wrote:

Hello everyone,

sr#81625 want's to add 'sword', a bible study tool to openSUSE:Factory. While
that is totally fine, the spec file %description contains stuff like:

+The SWORD Project is an effort to create an ever expanding software package
+research and study of God and His Word.

While I don't care much for that particular bedtime story, others may well be
offended by biased religious views (even more so if their's differing). Of
course, this may equally apply to policitcal views or offensive words.

I have the feeling that openSUSE should take neutral stance, be inviting and
open for everyone (and we're quite good at that already). But I'm not sure if
we should provide a stage for non-technical biased views. Even less so for
those with a mission. Thus, the question I'd like to ask is whether we should
allow such formulations or not. Do we already have policy for that or do we
care at all?

Well, not allowing 'sword' in isn't a neutral stance either ...
unfortunately there is no good solution as including it in openSUSE
might be viewed as promoting it while not including it might be
viewed as prejudice, thus promoting the opposite.

Thus, we already lost ;)

I'd personally vote for taking packages based on technical criteria,
not based on their political content. Somewhere it should be stated
then that openSUSE does not necessarily promote packages or support
their mission when included in openSUSE.


Richard Guenther <rguenther@xxxxxxx>
SUSE LINUX Products GmbH - Nuernberg - AG Nuernberg - HRB 16746
GF: Jeff Hawn, Jennifer Guild, Felix Imendörffer
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