Social Issues – It’s absurd, but it’s also great. Sweden, wonderful, beautiful, gentle Sweden has finally, after two years, accepted the Missionary Church of Kopimism as an official religion. Within these trying two years, the true believers did not give up, and for that they have been rewarded with legitimacy. If you are Swedish and a Kopimist, you may now feel free to practice openly. And if you don’t know what it is, Kopimism is the religious belief in copying, particularly in the form of electronic file sharing.
The church has something of a social agenda (which church doesn’t?), and rather than stopping abortions, keeping marriage straight, or keeping homosexuals out of fill-in-the-blank, the Church of Kopimism seeks to end the stigma against “file sharing and remixing.”
While I’ve not yet read enough literature to convert, I have to say that I enjoy the prospect of openness that the faith promises. Redefining our ideas of ownership isn’t new ground for a religion, and this faith may be in a position to best benefit from the increasingly electronic aspects of our identity. Who can really say, ya know?
Of course, it will be ridiculed with terrible jokes. Kopimist heaven? Freeleech jokes go here. Kopimist hell? The answer is the cost/speed ratio for American high speed internet. Will there be an extremist sect like the Westboro Baptists who protest funerals because of the immoral acceptance of snatching? Something about a series of tubes? Something about the irony in digital files being more “tangible” proof than most, if not all, of the established religions can give of their divinities? I don’t know, but terrible, terrible jokes, I’m sure.
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