MySpace.Com deletes world’s largest atheist group

In acts of blatent bigotry and pandering to religious intolerants, Rupert Murdoch-owned MySpace has deleted the world’s largest atheist and agnostic group, as well as the user accounts of a number of atheist users. See below for the official press release of the Secular Students Alliance.

Official Press Release:

Contact: Bryan J. Pesta, Ph.D., b.pesta@csuohio.edu

MySpace Deletes Largest Atheist Group in the World.

Cleveland, OH.— Social networking site, MySpace.com, panders to religious intolerants by deleting atheist users, groups and content.

Early this month, MySpace again deleted the Atheist and Agnostic Group (35,000 members). This deletion, due largely to complaints from people who find atheism offensive, marks the second time MySpace has cancelled the group since November 2007.

What’s unique in this case is that the Atheist and Agnostic Group was the largest collection of organized atheists in the world. The group had its own Wikipedia entry, and in April won the Excellence in Humanist Communication Award (2007) from the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University and the Secular Student Alliance.

“MySpace refuses to undelete the group, although it never violated any terms of service,” said Bryan Pesta, Ph.D., the group’s moderator. “When the largest Christian group was hacked, MySpace’s Founder, Tom Anderson, personally restored the group, and promised to protect it from future deletions.”

“It is an outrage if Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and the world’s largest social networking site tolerate discrimination against atheists and agnostics– and if this situation goes unresolved I’ll have little choice but to believe they do,” said Greg Epstein, humanist chaplain of Harvard University. News Corporation, Murdoch’s global media corporation which also includes Fox News, purchased MySpace in 2005. 

“My personal profile was deleted as well, and despite weeks of emails to customer service, plus a petition signed by 500 group members, MySpace won’t budge. I think these actions send a clear message to the 30 million godless people in America (and to businesses whose money was spent displaying ads on our group) that we are not welcome on MySpace,” said Pesta.

For a Wikipedia article on the now defunct atheist and agnostic group, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheist_and_Agnostic_Group.

For links to Pesta’s defunct group and profile, visit http://www.MySpace.com/aiffb.

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6 Responses to “MySpace.Com deletes world’s largest atheist group”
  1. DJ says:

    That’s nuts. WTF?

  2. Rachel says:

    Not sure if this is the best response but I am cancelling my MySpace account (I wasn’t using it anyways)… I think maybe a boycott is in order. Do we know if Facebook is any better?

    If you want to do the same with your account, here are the instructions (I couldn’t find them on their site, so I emailed them. I thought I’d share…):

    “You can cancel your account/profile by accessing go to “Home” and select “Account Settings”. Please keep in mind that once your account/profile is deleted we WILL NOT be able to restore it for you. Click on the red link marked ‘Cancel Account’. Your account/profile will be cancelled once this information is updated in our system. This may take some time to complete so please be patient. If you wish to use the same email address for a new account/profile this can only be done once the address is released.”

  3. ronbrown says:

    Facebook has done this sort of thing, too. As has YouTube.

  4. Mark says:

    Have Christians forgotten the Word of their Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?

    Luke 6:27-31
    27″But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

    …bunch of hypocrites…

  5. Josh says:

    What has the world come to? A battle for control of the ignorant masses?

    I also discovered that Youtube deleted a video about how christianity is basically a copy of other religions or beliefs of groups such as the ancient greeks and egyptians…i’m very dissapointed, it was a good, informative, true video 😦

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