Church Leaders Draw Up Ten Blogging Commandments


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By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

Church leaders are apparently so alarmed at the hate and vitriol coming from religious blogs that they have drawn up a list of ten “Blogging Commandments” to save their bloggers from damnation, sin and everlasting hellfire.

Obviously, when Moses was busy writing out his commandments, he didn’t factor in things like the internet, website trolls, IT people, spammers, right-wing Christian conservatives and George W Bush.  So being the modern technological 21st century, a re-write seems to be in order – “The 10 Comms – The Bloggers Edition”.   Hey, if George Lucas can go back and re-do Star Wars, why can’t we go back and fiddle around with the Ten Commandments?

You might think that being religious, “God Bloggers” are nice quiet calm peaceful folk.   But it seems to be the opposite.   American right-wing bloggers are supposed to be the most extreme in their postings and Christian blogs seem to attract a lot of hateful comments.

So the Evangelical Alliance has put forward the following Blogging Commandments to religious bloggers to get them to change their tune :

  1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity (oh yay)
  2. You shall not make an idol of your blog (amen)
  3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin (I’m talking to you Judas!)
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog (all that preaching is tiring!)
  5. Honor your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes (just make sure instead that their mistakes reach number one in the search results)
  6. You shall not murder someone else’s honor, reputation or feelings (you can just kick it around a bit..)
  7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind (how can you have sex in your head?  Is that a Catholic thing?)
  8. You shall not steal another person’s content (you shall instead use a blog scraper to steal it for you on your behalf)
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger (that’s what the police is for! dimwit!)
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content (is it a sin to worship Google PageRank?)

Can you think of any more commandments that should be added for bloggers?

Thou shalt not upload – Times Online





39 Responses to Church Leaders Draw Up Ten Blogging Commandments

  1. Well if the 10 commandments are going to be re written, I figure we could look at the Lords prayer as well. I took the liberty of proclaiming myself a messiah and going about the task. So with no further ado, here is the Lords prayer. Version 2.0. Enjoy!!

    Our IANA, who art in teh cloud,
    IP’s assigned by thy name.
    Thy DNS query come,
    thy Reversed lookup be done,
    on the network as it is in teh cloud.
    Give us this day our daily HTML.
    And forgive us our code 18’s,
    as we forgive those who code 18 against us.
    And lead us not into Pwnage,
    but deliver us from spammers.
    For thine is teh script, teh code and teh communication. for ever… or until v.3.0. Amen;

  2. Well if the 10 commandments are going to be re written, I figure we could look at the Lords prayer as well. I took the liberty of proclaiming myself a messiah and going about the task. So with no further ado, here is the Lords prayer. Version 2.0. Enjoy!!

    Our IANA, who art in teh cloud,

    IP’s assigned by thy name.

    Thy DNS query come,

    thy Reversed lookup be done,

    on the network as it is in teh cloud.

    Give us this day our daily HTML.

    And forgive us our code 18’s,

    as we forgive those who code 18 against us.

    And lead us not into Pwnage,

    but deliver us from spammers.

    For thine is teh script, teh code and teh communication. for ever… or until v.3.0. Amen;

  3. Is there any reason that post was so intentionally offensive to Christians? I was quite surprised to read one of my favourite tech blogs had a post so intentionally mocking of my faith. I am not referring to your introductory paragraphs, but to some of your very snarky and unnecessary comments at the end of each item.

    • Dizzle, I’m a christian as well, and as the owner of GAS, I’m not really offended by what Mark wrote. I was definitely not meant to offend people, but to make fun at something that is a bit ridiculous.

    • It was not my intention to offend, merely to show how ludicrous it is to have commandments for religious bloggers.

      Anyway, lighten up! Can’t you see the funny side and smile? I showed this post to a friend in the US who is the most religious man I know – he quotes scripture in every second sentence, goes to church each Sunday, tells me I am going to Hell…I showed him this post and he laughed his guts out. So if he can laugh at it, I don’t think it’s offensive to everyone.

      Apparently he’s printed the post out and he’s going to pass it around church tomorrow!

  4. Is there any reason that post was so intentionally offensive to Christians? I was quite surprised to read one of my favourite tech blogs had a post so intentionally mocking of my faith. I am not referring to your introductory paragraphs, but to some of your very snarky and unnecessary comments at the end of each item.

    • Dizzle, I'm a christian as well, and as the owner of GAS, I'm not really offended by what Mark wrote. I was definitely not meant to offend people, but to make fun at something that is a bit ridiculous.

    • It was not my intention to offend, merely to show how ludicrous it is to have commandments for religious bloggers.

      Anyway, lighten up! Can't you see the funny side and smile? I showed this post to a friend in the US who is the most religious man I know – he quotes scripture in every second sentence, goes to church each Sunday, tells me I am going to Hell…I showed him this post and he laughed his guts out. So if he can laugh at it, I don't think it's offensive to everyone.

      Apparently he's printed the post out and he's going to pass it around church tomorrow!

  5. Please show me what was ridiculous about that? I fail to see that, and I am not one of those strict uptight types. I usually can find something ridiculous in what most of what evangelicalism does nowadays, but there was nothing in those ten points but solid Christian advice. Please, honestly, what was ridiculous about it. Let me be specific about what was offensive:

    # You shall not put your blog before your integrity (oh yay)

    Why the oh yay? Don’t you think that is good advice?

    # You shall not make an idol of your blog (amen)

    This amen appears to be sarcastic given the tone of the piece as if mocking the idea that idolatry can take many forms.

    # You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin (I’m talking to you Judas!)

    Again more unwarranted sarcasm, isn’t this just good Christian advice?

    # Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog (all that preaching is tiring!)

    Now this one I do think is a bit silly, I would agree there, but the snarky comment about preaching is unwarranted. Yes I run many blogs and Christians sites, and yes it is tiring. I don’t appreciate being mocked in that fashion.

    # Honor your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes (just make sure instead that their mistakes reach number one in the search results)

    Again, why the sarcasm? And the insinuation that you should just appear holy but still do the wrong thing but on the sly.

    # You shall not murder someone else’s honor, reputation or feelings (you can just kick it around a bit..)

    See above.

    # You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind (how can you have sex in your head? Is that a Catholic thing?)

    Again mockery of a basic Christian belief. Jesus says that if you look at a woman with lust in your heart you have already committed adultery. Now I understand Mark may not be a Christian, but there is no reason to mock what is standard Christian belief, and if it is, wouldn’t that be good advice to Christian bloggers?

    # You shall not steal another person’s content (you shall instead use a blog scraper to steal it for you on your behalf)

    I can only say ditto to what I said above.

    # You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger (that’s what the police is for! dimwit!)

    Dimwit? How in the world was that called for?

    # You shall not covet your neighbor’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content (is it a sin to worship Google PageRank?)

    That is one that I thought was humour in good satirical taste.

    ******************************

    So for those reasons, I think that post was pretty offensive,and while I expect such things when visiting some atheist blogs I read, I did not expect it here.

    • well obviously we’re not going to convince you that we didn’t mean to offend so I’d best just give up here and move onto more worthwhile pursuits.

    • Come one man this is just good fun. I don’t see any real reason to be so offended. I mean, I’m Christian also and I can understand a joke when I see one.

      • But it wasn’t entirely a joke. I am failing to see how it is ludicrous to have a list of rules that Christian bloggers should adhere to.

        If you don’t see a reason, then perhaps interact with the detailed reasons I gave. I mean I didn’t just go “I’m offended” and flounce off. I gave specific examples of why.

        The fact is that this wasn’t entirely a joke but based on the real premise that it is ludicrous to have some rules for Christian bloggers. Why?

  6. Please show me what was ridiculous about that? I fail to see that, and I am not one of those strict uptight types. I usually can find something ridiculous in what most of what evangelicalism does nowadays, but there was nothing in those ten points but solid Christian advice. Please, honestly, what was ridiculous about it. Let me be specific about what was offensive:

    # You shall not put your blog before your integrity (oh yay)

    Why the oh yay? Don't you think that is good advice?

    # You shall not make an idol of your blog (amen)

    This amen appears to be sarcastic given the tone of the piece as if mocking the idea that idolatry can take many forms.

    # You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin (I'm talking to you Judas!)

    Again more unwarranted sarcasm, isn't this just good Christian advice?

    # Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog (all that preaching is tiring!)

    Now this one I do think is a bit silly, I would agree there, but the snarky comment about preaching is unwarranted. Yes I run many blogs and Christians sites, and yes it is tiring. I don't appreciate being mocked in that fashion.

    # Honor your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes (just make sure instead that their mistakes reach number one in the search results)

    Again, why the sarcasm? And the insinuation that you should just appear holy but still do the wrong thing but on the sly.

    # You shall not murder someone else's honor, reputation or feelings (you can just kick it around a bit..)

    See above.

    # You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind (how can you have sex in your head? Is that a Catholic thing?)

    Again mockery of a basic Christian belief. Jesus says that if you look at a woman with lust in your heart you have already committed adultery. Now I understand Mark may not be a Christian, but there is no reason to mock what is standard Christian belief, and if it is, wouldn't that be good advice to Christian bloggers?

    # You shall not steal another person's content (you shall instead use a blog scraper to steal it for you on your behalf)

    I can only say ditto to what I said above.

    # You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger (that's what the police is for! dimwit!)

    Dimwit? How in the world was that called for?

    # You shall not covet your neighbor's blog ranking. Be content with your own content (is it a sin to worship Google PageRank?)

    That is one that I thought was humour in good satirical taste.

    ******************************

    So for those reasons, I think that post was pretty offensive,and while I expect such things when visiting some atheist blogs I read, I did not expect it here.

    • Come one man this is just good fun. I don't see any real reason to be so offended. I mean, I'm Christian also and I can understand a joke when I see one.

      • But it wasn't entirely a joke. I am failing to see how it is ludicrous to have a list of rules that Christian bloggers should adhere to.

        If you don't see a reason, then perhaps interact with the detailed reasons I gave. I mean I didn't just go "I'm offended" and flounce off. I gave specific examples of why.

        The fact is that this wasn't entirely a joke but based on the real premise that it is ludicrous to have some rules for Christian bloggers. Why?

  7. Well Mark how is that obvious? Because I gave a defense for why I thought it offensive? You don’t know me at all. I am always willing to be persuaded that I am wrong. I am once again offended by you:

    1. You assume that if you put forth a cogent case on why you really didn’t think it offensive, that you wouldn’t convince me

    2. That speaking to me is unworthwhile

    I certainly can accept your word that you didn’t mean it to be offensive. I wouldn’t presume to call you a liar. But I would like you to explain how in the world you could think it not offensive by interacting with what I said rather than brushing me off like garbage.

    If you didn’t think your post would be somewhat controversial, I suggest that you need to learn some judgment. I know when I put up controversial posts, and that I should be ready to deal with them.

  8. Well Mark how is that obvious? Because I gave a defense for why I thought it offensive? You don't know me at all. I am always willing to be persuaded that I am wrong. I am once again offended by you:

    1. You assume that if you put forth a cogent case on why you really didn't think it offensive, that you wouldn't convince me

    2. That speaking to me is unworthwhile

    I certainly can accept your word that you didn't mean it to be offensive. I wouldn't presume to call you a liar. But I would like you to explain how in the world you could think it not offensive by interacting with what I said rather than brushing me off like garbage.

    If you didn't think your post would be somewhat controversial, I suggest that you need to learn some judgment. I know when I put up controversial posts, and that I should be ready to deal with them.

  9. I didn’t see your earlier post, we were posting at the same time, yet you assumed I saw it.

    It was not my intention to offend, merely to show how ludicrous it is to have commandments for religious bloggers.

    Why is it ludicrous? Christians are supposed to emulate Christ in what they do, and we often fail miserably. It is good to be reminded that we are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ with the ministry of reconciliation, and to love our brothers.

    I showed this post to a friend in the US who is the most religious man I know – he quotes scripture in every second sentence, goes to church each Sunday, tells me I am going to Hell…

    Another subject altogether, but such things do not make someone a “religious” person. The devil quotes Scripture.

    I showed him this post and he laughed his guts out. So if he can laugh at it, I don’t think it’s offensive to everyone.

    I don’t think my post can be reasonably interpreted as literally every Christian, but I think it is reasonably seen as disrespectful to many Christians. I have explained why. Perhaps the whole purpose of this conversation may be to have you see things from another perspective. I totally accept you didn’t mean to be offensive. I am trying to get you to see how perhaps you were. Is there any chance I am going to convince you?

  10. I didn't see your earlier post, we were posting at the same time, yet you assumed I saw it.

    It was not my intention to offend, merely to show how ludicrous it is to have commandments for religious bloggers.

    Why is it ludicrous? Christians are supposed to emulate Christ in what they do, and we often fail miserably. It is good to be reminded that we are supposed to be ambassadors of Christ with the ministry of reconciliation, and to love our brothers.

    I showed this post to a friend in the US who is the most religious man I know – he quotes scripture in every second sentence, goes to church each Sunday, tells me I am going to Hell…

    Another subject altogether, but such things do not make someone a "religious" person. The devil quotes Scripture.

    I showed him this post and he laughed his guts out. So if he can laugh at it, I don't think it's offensive to everyone.

    I don't think my post can be reasonably interpreted as literally every Christian, but I think it is reasonably seen as disrespectful to many Christians. I have explained why. Perhaps the whole purpose of this conversation may be to have you see things from another perspective. I totally accept you didn't mean to be offensive. I am trying to get you to see how perhaps you were. Is there any chance I am going to convince you?

  11. And for the record, yes, I fully expect that I will be dog-piled. That is fine. But I did two legitimate things.

    1. I asked why the concept was ludicrous.

    2. I gave examples of why I found it offensive.

    This site is very slow to load for me, always has been. I don’t know whether it is the ads or what, but I am not going to respond further to simple expressions of “take it easy chickadee” if they don’t interact with the substance. I get too frustrated waiting for the page to load.

    Yes, this Christian needs to learn patience. It is not one of my strong points.

    • Don’t worry dizzle, things will be MUCH better in a week.. We’re on a shared hosting account, and moving to a new server VERY soon :)

        • Dizzle.. Well, It seems that the server was moved a few minutes ago.. I’m not sure how long the change will take to propagate to all DNS servers around the web… but things seems to be faster here :)

  12. And for the record, yes, I fully expect that I will be dog-piled. That is fine. But I did two legitimate things.

    1. I asked why the concept was ludicrous.

    2. I gave examples of why I found it offensive.

    This site is very slow to load for me, always has been. I don't know whether it is the ads or what, but I am not going to respond further to simple expressions of "take it easy chickadee" if they don't interact with the substance. I get too frustrated waiting for the page to load.

    Yes, this Christian needs to learn patience. It is not one of my strong points.

    • Don't worry dizzle, things will be MUCH better in a week.. We're on a shared hosting account, and moving to a new server VERY soon :)

        • Dizzle.. Well, It seems that the server was moved a few minutes ago.. I'm not sure how long the change will take to propagate to all DNS servers around the web… but things seems to be faster here :)

  13. it is faster, I think it propagated here… I will let you know (I got your email, thanx) if I encounter any issues, I will try it at work as well

  14. it is faster, I think it propagated here… I will let you know (I got your email, thanx) if I encounter any issues, I will try it at work as well

  15. it is faster, I think it propagated here… I will let you know (I got your email, thanx) if I encounter any issues, I will try it at work as well