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The Bible Is Against Net Neutrality

The Bible Is Against Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is the idea that the Internet should remain a free and open space for the exchange of ideas free from corporate control.  But at least one social conservative has declared that such principles of equality violate fundamental principles of Christianity.

Evangelical David Barton made these comments during a radio show he co-hosts with Rick Green.  Barton went so far as to call net neutrality “wicked stuff” and a “redistribution of wealth through the internet” and “socialism on the internet.”

That’s right.  Apparently the far-right has reached the point where equality or any kind warrants the ubiquitous smear of “socialism.”

Barton went on to insist that free market principles reign supreme in the Bible and to equate the rule, which prohibits Internet companies from blocking access to certain web content providers, to the Fairness Doctrine, another FCC rule that required broadcasters to give equal time to opposing points of view.

Undoubtedly Barton made the comparison on purpose since the Fairness Doctrine has been a target of the social conservative movement for years.  According to Barton “fairness” is a principle antithetical to a Christian understanding of justice and accountability and one that “no Christian should ever use in their vocabulary.”

So by linking net neutrality, which has nothing to do with the Fairness Doctrine, and throwing in a “socialism” charge for good measure, Barton is able to rally social conservatives against a principle they should otherwise support.


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7:43PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Alexandra R. - my complements on the excellent points you raise. That's exactly what I recall reading myself which make this guy's statements seem like an instance of complete inversion.

Oh well, not really news, just another so-called Christian that does not appear to have actually read the text that is supposed to be the foundation of the religion.

9:08PM PST on Nov 11, 2011

What? Thanks for the information, though.

6:25AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

@ Ruth R, He never makes sense, he's a bigot.

11:57PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

The Bible is an awesome book of many books or chapters. This kind of nonsense: I do not want to know where it comes from. Greed? An excuse to not share? Keeping the rich, rich -- and the poor-- poor? Jesus and His followers shared so that no person had need of anything.

11:52PM PST on Nov 10, 2011

What this man is saying does not make any sense.

10:44AM PDT on Jun 8, 2011

Marie W.: You are SO correct!...And funny!

10:49AM PDT on May 4, 2011

Boggles the mind that man has any credibility left.
Who elects these jerks anyway?

Oh yeah - - - I forgot, LMHO!!

12:19AM PDT on May 2, 2011

Right, so because one slavering man (who can't even back up his claims biblically) ranted on the radio, this means... all those who are Christian and/or Conservative have the same views?

Wow, way to go, guys.

3:47PM PDT on May 1, 2011

if they all had squeeky clean websites the'll like it. but there are hateful, violent, icky, sites that go aginst all their moralsthen those sites go.

12:34AM PDT on May 1, 2011

Yes, but it's the followers of the Qur'an who block the internet from their countrymen, much like the Chinese.

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