[Sugar-devel] Religious/Spiritual Text

Jim Simmons nicestep at gmail.com
Thu Dec 17 18:18:52 EST 2009


I don't think your revised version is necessarily an improvement over
the original.  It sounds "new-agey" to me and would probably offend
more people than the original.

While I am against *governments* endorsing specific religions
*individuals* certainly ought to be able to do that.  If the
description of your Activity on ASLO suggests the nature of the music
you're providing I don't see why anyone should be offended.  Nobody is
being forced to take it.  It's your personal expression.  I could see
issues with shipping Activities like that with SoaS, but nobody is
doing that.

I am not a religious person in the usual sense of the word, but I
don't have any problem with people using my software to study their
own religion or anyone else's.  If Creationists use SoaS to help home
school their kids I could live with that too.

James Simmons

> Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2009 12:45:54 -0500
> From: "Art Hunkins" <abhunkin at uncg.edu>
> Subject: [Sugar-devel] Religious/Spiritual Text
> It has recently been suggested to me that the religious/spiritual text in my
> OurMusic and OurMusicMC activities may not be well received by some, and
> that the text may hinder chances for deployment and even potentially cause
> individuals (or Sugar Labs) trouble. Needless to say, I'd like to avoid
> these eventualities if at all possible. (For perspective on the relevence of
> this text to me, please see my list of "Recent Compositions" at
> www.arthunkins.com. These activities are the final manifestations of a
> long-term project.)

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