[Grassroots-l] World scriptures

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Sat Oct 18 08:13:06 EDT 2008

On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 6:40 AM, Lisa Caroline Lewis <lcl at mit.edu> wrote:
> Are there any other sites we could use which would be less biased in how
> they define what religions?

We don't have to use their site at all if we don't like their attitude.

AFAIK the Sword software is under a Free license, and we can just put
our stuff where we like.

> I imagine some might be seriously offended
> by considering Buddhism a cult, and in general OLPC shouldn't find
> itself in the position of endorsing one religion over another.

I wouldn't list my work on that page. I would ask for a respectful
page for non-Christian religions.

> Choosing
> the immediate expediency of a convenient site over the mission of OLPC
> could very well cost OLPC all kinds of support.  Do we really want to
> open ourselves to charges of being underhanded Christian missionaries?

By posting non-Christian scriptures? Do you really think people will
be that confused?

> I imagine there might be some countries which are already challenging
> for OLPC to work in, and this could make it significantly harder in
> certain conditions.

Let us not borrow trouble, but inquire whether this is so.

> From the crosswire.org site:
> ---begin quote---
> About Us
> The CrossWire Bible Society is an organization with the purpose to
> sponsor and provide a place for engineers and others to come and
> collaborate on free, open-source projects aimed at furthering the
> Kingdom of our God. We are also a resource pool to other Bible societies
> and Christian organizations that can't afford --or don't feel it's their
> place-- to maintain a quality programming staff in house. We provide
> them with a number of tools that assist them with reaching their domain
> with Christ.
> ---end quote---
> My $0.02,
> Lisa

Good questions. Thank you, Lisa.

> On Thu, 16 Oct 2008, Jeffrey Kesselman wrote:
>> 2008/10/16 Sebastian Silva <sebastian at fuentelibre.org>:
>>> E
>>> The link http://www.crosswire.org/sword/publisher/index.jsp seems to suggest
>>> they would be open, for at least putting it on the "Cult / Unorthodox"
>>> module add-on section.
>> The irony being that this is a world-project and, buy the numbers,
>> when comapred with say, Buddhism, Christianity is the cult/unorthodox
>> religion.

Now, now. No need for snark.

>> JK
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