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NewsForge: Christian Endorsement of Free Software Increases

Apr 18, 2006, 13:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to Marco Fioretti for this link. ]

"Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, is an atheist. We privately discussed possible affinities with Christian philosophy while preparing my interview on Scouting and Free Software. Back then, Stallman wrote to me that 'indeed, it seems to me that a sincere Christian must condemn non-free software as satanic in spirit. If you were Satan, and you wanted to corrode the bonds of society, what could be more effective than offering individuals something attractive, profitable or fun, on condition that they refuse to share it with anyone else?' For the same reasons, he added, 'Christians should reject proprietary software because it forbids people to express love for their neighbors...'"

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