A Load of Bright
An atheist's views on religion and the supernatural

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Following on from Atheist Revolution, many bloggers are keen to see how their blogs are rated in terms of their suitability for children, so I thought I’d see how A Load of Bright came out. As you can see, “some material may be inappropriate for children under 13”. Although that’s not bad, I was a little surprised because aside from allowing the odd profanity in the comments, I like to think I keep it all pretty clean here. Apparently, my

rating was determined based on the presence of the following words

kill (5x)

dangerous (3x)

drugs (1x)

What the ff, er, I mean, goodness me! I suppose context isn’t taken into account. Any parent wanting to see if their children can read my blog on their own will just have their suspicions confirmed: you see? I told you! All those damn atheists talk about is killing, danger and drugs!

Well, all I can say is that, to echo Daylight Atheism, I’d love to see how the Bible rated on these terms – I’m sure nobody would object to their children reading that on their own!

But no, we talk about how people kill in the name of religion every day, how dangerous it is to society and particularly children and how religion encroaches on the freedom of adults committing ‘victimless crimes’, and we’re the ones who shouldn’t be read without parental guidance. Oh, the irony.

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8 Responses to “Rate your blog”

  1. This really does seem to be catching on, doesn’t it. I’m seeing rating appearing at tons of blogs. Funny stuff.

  2. I put the skeptic’s annotated bible into the rating machine and it came up G. So there 🙂

  3. On tobe’s behalf, may I say: Welcome 13-year-olds.

    tobe, I’ve found a Web address that conforms to your thesis. If you put “http://www.catholic.org” in the Mingle-a-Tron, you’ll find that it’s R-rated.

    On the other hand, don’t bother inputting the Creation Museum’s URL, Pat Robertson’s Web site, or the Southern Baptist Convention’s home page: G, G, and G. The G, I assume, is for Gag me..

    By the way, you said of the bible: I’m sure nobody would object to their children reading that on their own! But I don’t believe there’s a Christian sect in the world that encourages kids to pick up their bibles and flip through the pages unsupervised.

  4. @ Lynet
    Good thinking! 🙂 For the benefit of other readers, the online version of the Bible was rated “General Audience, all ages admitted”. Keep that in mind when I tell you that I’ve just run Daylight Atheism through it and it came up “NC-17, No one 17 and under admitted”! If that doesn’t prove my point, nothing will.

  5. @ The Exterminator

    By the way, you said of the bible: I’m sure nobody would object to their children reading that on their own! But I don’t believe there’s a Christian sect in the world that encourages kids to pick up their bibles and flip through the pages unsupervised.

    Maybe not all Christians would encourage their children to read it unsupervised, but I don’t think any would object to it. The fundies would believe everything in it was the literal word of God and their children should know it anyway, and the liberals just wouldn’t realise how horrific some of the content is.

    Incidentally, I’ve just run Evanescent through it and it also came up “NC-17, No one 17 and under”. However, it apparently mentions the words “dead” 3 times, “kill” 6 times and “death” a staggering 19 times – so maybe they got that one right . . .

  6. I got a PG-13 too, as I apparently have:

    dead (5x)
    kill (2x)
    lesbian (1x)

    I have no idea where lesbian is; had no idea I had anything so saucy.

    Onto the bible:

    Old Testament

    Genesis: NC-17
    Exodus: NC-17
    Leviticus: NC-17
    Deuteronomy: NC-17
    Job: NC-17
    Psalms: NC-17

    New Testament

    Matthew: NC-17
    Mark: NC-17
    Luke: NC-17
    John: NC-17

    Really, is anyone suprised?

  7. Yeah, I suspect newer translations of the bible are less likely to come up G; the skeptic’s annotated uses the KJV, so presumably the nasty bits are in old fashioned language that the machine doesn’t recognise.

  8. XanderG:

    Wh4t the f|_|ck were those 455h0|es thinking giving you a g0d d4mned point off for “Lesbian”? Are kids not supposed to know there are lesbians, is it some kind of secret?
    6u||5h1t

    Aw Cr4p, I said said Lesbian…again! Sorry Tobe! Recheck your rating.
    P011y


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