Â I deleted my MySpace profile weeks ago due to my disdain for the way myspace is run, this recent news makes me even happier I did.
Cleveland, OH.â€” 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.
Whatâ€™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.
â€œMySpace refuses to undelete the group, although it never violated any terms of service,â€ said Bryan Pesta, Ph.D., the groupâ€™s moderator. â€œWhen the largest Christian group was hacked, MySpaceâ€™s Founder, Tom Anderson, personally restored the group, and promised to protect it from future deletions.â€
â€œIt is an outrage if Rupert Murdochâ€™s News Corporation and the worldâ€™s largest social networking site tolerate discrimination against atheists and agnostics– and if this situation goes unresolved Iâ€™ll have little choice but to believe they do,â€ said Greg Epstein, humanist chaplain of Harvard University. News Corporation, Murdochâ€™s global media corporation which also includes Fox News, purchased MySpace in 2005.
â€œMy personal profile was deleted as well, and despite weeks of emails to customer service, plus a petition signed by 500 group members, MySpace wonâ€™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,â€ 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 Pestaâ€™s defunct group and profile, visit http://www.MySpace.com/aiffb.