(540) Sat 14 Dec 96 22:21
By: David Worrell
Re: giggle snot
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Jews want action on computer racism,
By JON CASIMIR
A Sydney man who runs a computer bulletin board which disseminates anti-Jewish
and anti-Catholic material says that it is not racist.
Mr Anthony Grigor-Scott, the system operator of the Bible Believers Bulletin
Board, which can be accessed through a West Ryde phone number, said "the only
people who could possibly find [the available material] objectionable would be
racist and anti-Semitic".
"Any who would be offended by such material are no more than scoundrels and
manipulators of truth and men." The Bible Believers Bulletin Board, advertised
on the Internet in a discussion group on religion in Australia, contains more
than 200 files which can be downloaded by anyone with a computer and a modem.
It includes sermons, books, articles and copies of a number of versions of the
While many of the articles are concerned with interpretation of the Bible,
others downloaded by the Herald over the past fortnight were clearly anti-
Semitic and anti-Catholic and included accusations of conspiracies by both
religions to create an anti-Christian New World Order.
The articles claimed, among other things, that the Jewish Talmud says killing
Christians is not a sin. One calls "their masquerade as "Israel' the greatest
hoax of the last century!" Published in full is The Nameless War, a 1952 book
which suggests that every Western conflict from the English Civil War to World
War II was engineered by shadowy Jewish groups attempting to gain power. "The
only correct term for the mis-called "anti-Semitic' is "Jew-wise'," it says.
Copies of articles contributed to the right-wing newspaper The Strategy are
also available. One uses Biblical imagery to claim that the power behind the
Roman Catholic Church is Satan. A bulletin board, like the Internet, allows
people to access information via a computer and a modem. Unlike the Internet,
which is enormous, sprawling and open, a bulletin board is a private entity. It
is like a club where users meet to discuss ideas and share resources. By
calling a phone number, using a program like Terminal, which is available with
Windows, a computer is connected to the bulletin board's computer. Users then
usually register and are granted access to the library and chat spaces within.
The executive vice-president of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Mr
Jeremy Jones, said the distribution of racial hate material by computers
through bulletin boards and the Internet presented a challenge for MPs.
"It would seem to me to be tragic if, just as the Parliament gets around to
putting anti-racist legislation in place, the whole principle is undermined
because it hasn't covered the new technology," he said. The spokesman for the
Sydney diocese of the Catholic Church, Father Brian Lucas, said the existence
of the bulletin board and the promulgation of such views was not
serious enough for the Church to react. "These views are so far- fetched that
they pander only to a small minority and these are usually the type of people
that can't be talked to in any sense because they're so locked into their
prejudice," he said.
"The claims of conspiracy, that the Church is trying to take over the world,
fly in the face of the publication by Catholic churches of many documents
relating to human rights, religious freedoms and tolerance."
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