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Re: [opensuse-project] Re: [opensuse-factory] Religious and political views in packages
  • From: Robert Schweikert <rjschwei@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 09 Sep 2011 10:05:08 -0400
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On 09/09/2011 10:00 AM, Kim Leyendecker wrote:
Am 09.09.2011 13:06, schrieb Sascha Peilicke:
On Friday 09 September 2011 12:54:23 Graham Anderson wrote:
> On Friday 09 Sep 2011 12:29:32 Lars Müller wrote:
> > Maybe best if one of our English native speakers commnets on this.
> I'm an atheist and native English speaker, so I'll chip in on this. Here is
> the full text of the %description from the Sword package, none of which
> offends me in the slightest. Why would it?;)
> The SWORD Project is an effort to create an ever expanding software
> package for research and study of God and His Word.
> The SWORD Bible Framework allows easy manipulation of Bible texts,
> commentaries, lexicons, dictionaries, etc. Many frontends are build
> using this framework. An installed module set may be shared between any
> frontend using the framework.
> This is really fairly innocuous text, there is no proselytising or
> preaching, it's simple an accurate (so far as I can tell) description of
> what the package is for/does. I find the name of the software project
> "Sword" mildly amusing but that's neither here nor there, and is just a
> personal frivolity.
As I said, I'm also atheist but not offended in the slighest way by the
description or the package name. However, I was just thinking that this may be
an issue for some, thus the question.

I, as an agnostic, would suggest the following:

A software to study the bible, the main collection of books in the Christian faith.

I see no problem in accepting it, *if* we make clear, that´s _only_ the Christian POV and that other religions are invented to submit their software as well (maybe a program to study the Tora or something else.)

So my plan for this:

- make clear it´s only Christian (maybe you should talk to the maintainer(s) first and explain them your concerns. I´m sure you´ll find a way.)
- move it to education

No way education.

Oh the rant I want to get off my chest now.... but I'll refrain.

I understand that religion is taught in school in some parts of the world and thus could be considered as "education". However, in other parts of the world this is not the case and there is a clear separation between church and the school.


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