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[opensuse-project] Re: [opensuse-factory] Religious and political views in packages
  • From: Nelson Marques <nmo.marques@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2011 14:53:15 +0100
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2011/9/9 Sascha Peilicke <saschpe@xxxxxx>:
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.

First thing considering that there are 3 major monotheístic religions
and that ALL of them do extensive research on their holy texts:

1. By the description this can be related to Judaísm, Christianity or
Islam. It is unclear which religion it is. As such, I would add the
intended religion so it's not misleading.

2. Censuring this package would be what I would consider a crime of
opinion. I wouldn't censor anything, I would just leave as it is, as
the authors intend it to be. Respect for others believes is important,
make sure your policy does respect it.

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.

The holy texts from any religion aren't offensive, the interpretations
man give them might be offensive.

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.

Prejudice is based on malformed stereotype, you are supporting one.
Bad call in my humble opinion.

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?

You are placing more focus on the contents that you might want to
distribute, than on what you do best, distribute contents...
I don't see any harm on having such package, I don't see any harm on
the description, I don't see any policy breaching... all I see is a
topic that will trigger a potential flame war between several people
who will never install the package :)

This thread itself is more harmful for openSUSE and their users than
the availability of the packages as it is :)
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