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lunaXsilvermoon
08 May 2019, 08:33
My school just blocked one of the Paganism sites I use as a resource to learn things, and I'm super angry. I don't think the site had anything bad on it, but it had a huge calendar on it that I use to help track holidays and such! I'm surprised they haven't blocked this one yet, but dang I use that site a lot. I wish my school was more open minded, but it's also a Catholic Private school so I don't know what I was expecting. :=(:

Bartmanhomer
08 May 2019, 08:41
My school just blocked one of the Paganism sites I use as a resource to learn things, and I'm super angry. I don't think the site had anything bad on it, but it had a huge calendar on it that I use to help track holidays and such! I'm surprised they haven't blocked this one yet, but dang I use that site a lot. I wish my school was more open-minded, but it's also a Catholic Private school so I don't know what I was expecting. :=(:

Some Catholics aren't very open-minded when it comes to pagan or any other belief system. I'm sorry that you have to go through with that. :(

volcaniclastic
08 May 2019, 09:44
On another note though, religion doesn't really belong in school or the workforce.

I can't access any religious websites at work, and I'm convinced that's a fairly normal thing.

monsno_leedra
08 May 2019, 11:55
I worked for a school system in Virginia for a few years and things were blocked based on keywords. So it might be because it was religious or it could be because the site in question simply had certain keywords on it. I recall one site I had to access that was blocked because "Ponce" was phonetically similar to another word. Keywords are constantly being modified as well as phonetic listings.

anubisa
08 May 2019, 16:48
I can't go anywhere but google at work and we can only look up things like customer service number for like ups and things like that.

MaskedOne
08 May 2019, 17:57
On another note though, religion doesn't really belong in school or the workforce.

I can't access any religious websites at work, and I'm convinced that's a fairly normal thing.

I'm used to schools having relatively lax restrictions on web browsing and I tend to think that they should allow decent freedom there to allow for a wide range of possible researxh. Well that and a competent school is gonna track everything anyway so I prefer that a student exploring truly stupid stuff do so where they might (for a variety of reasons, many of which are valid, this is only a limited chance) be noticed.

By contrast, work...

A number of businesses are best served by not allowing any web browsing except to specifically designated corporate resources or sites with a business purpose to access. If you can't go anywhere risky then you can't accidentally download ransonware that will shut down your organization till either
A. IT purges the network and loads backups on all affected machines or
B. Your employer coughs up a couple tens of thousands of dollars to get the key (which may or may not exist and if it doesn't then see plan A)

For a variety of reasons (some better than others), least privilege is frequently not applied to web browsing. When it isn't, I'm sort of meh on whether religious sites should be blocked. I don't normally see a need to block them over other sites* but I also don't really care.

*Technically, I'm fibbing. There was a period of time where religious sites were a major vector for malware. I found thia moderately amusing at the time because I expected porn sites to be the major malware vector and they had apparentl been steadily improving their security on that front. Anyway, depending on if religious sites are still a dominant malware vector then blocking them on the grounds of network security makes sense. I challenge anyone to find me a company that specifically said, "religious sites are major carriers of malware, we are blocking them to protect our network" and then actually proceeded to filter all (or almost all) religious sites as a legit means to protect their network. That would be deeply amusing.

B. de Corbin
09 May 2019, 17:06
Generaly, the test is "do they bock ALL religeous sites?"

If yes, then OK.

If no, then it is a violation of the first amendment.

Unfortunately, you are in a private school, so you have no rights at all