I tried to send my wife a link to the American Atheists website today via gmail chat and she was blocked from opening the url. The error message reads:
“Category: Alternative Spirituality/Belief Access to this website has been blocked for one of the following reasons: The website’s category has been filtered because content on the site may be in conflict with what the Company considers acceptable Internet use.”
Now I understand how companies have the right to block stuff, but what boils my blood is that websites that are christian based are NOT blocked such as the discovery institute, christian.com. Other sites that ARE blocked are friendlyatheist and pharyngula.
It’s quite clear that they probably just block anything related to NON belief in a sky daddy. Is there anything I can do? I want to send a letter or an email but I’m not sure If I’d just be shoveling water up hill.
I’d love to be all, GRRRR RAWRR! Let’s get those religious bastards for blocking our atheist websites! Man the troops atheist foot soldiers! Attack!
But unfortunately, I clearly get the impression that you sent this information to your wife while she was at work. And yes, you hit the nail on the head when you stated that companies have a right to block whatever website they desire. If you try to make a stink about it your wife’s employer will have to ask, why are you gmail chatting with your husband and not working? And I would have to agree. If it was your internet provider that you were paying for and they blocked atheist websites and not religious based sites then we would have a freedom of speech issue and I would join you in your outrage and help you with a work-around but the workplace is an entirely different story. Companies have a right to set a precedence in the workplace and they can block anything from P.Z. Myers to Wikileaks.
So I’m terribly sorry, but it seems you have no real valid recourse. Your wife will have to eventually seek employment elsewhere or simply resign to getting her free-thought information fix after work. That, or you can just send her the links on her smartphone and she can read on her breaks. Not even the biggest of corporations can ever completely stop the flow of information. If Wikileaks has taught us anything, it’s that. ;)
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