“Imagine a World Without Free Knowledge” – Wikipedia
For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.
That was Wikipedia’s site message last 18 January 2012.
Keep in mind the First Thirteen Principles of Cockfighting From All Over The World.
“Dear LIBERTY ACTIVISTS: Legalize Liberty. Stop Oppression. Vote Choice. Be Secular. Download All Photos For The Next Generations.” – Gameness til the End / freethinker
Now, let us read more below about these men who were credited with founding a recognized religion:
- Ancient (before AD 500)
- Medieval to Early Modern (500–1800 AD)
- New religious movements (post-1800)
Last 5 January 2012, Kopimism was accepted by Sweden as a legitimate religion. The religion’s association with illegal file sharing has been said not to be a sign that illegal file-sharing will be excused from Sweden’s zero-tolerance approach to the matter.
Tenets of Kopimism
The followers of the religion are called Kopimists from copy me. A “Kopimist” or “Kopimist intellectual” is a person who has the philosophical belief that all information should be freely distributed and unrestricted. This philosophy opposes the monopolization of knowledge in all its forms, such as copyright, and encourages piracy of all types of media including music, movies, TV shows, and software.
According to the church, “In our belief, communication is sacred.” No belief in gods or supernatural phenomena is mentioned on their web site. CTRL+C and CTRL+V, the computer shortcut keys for “Copy” and “Paste,” are considered sacred symbols.
- All knowledge to all;
- The search for knowledge is sacred;
- The circulation of knowledge is sacred;
- The act of copying is sacred.
- Copying of information is ethically right;
- Dissemination of information is ethically right;
- Copymixing is a sacred kind of copying, moreso than the perfect, digital copying, because it expands and enhances the existing wealth of information;
- Copying or remixing information communicated by another person is seen as an act of respect and a strong expression of acceptance and Kopimistic faith;
- The Internet is holy;
- Code is law.
First wedding of Kopimism
On April 28th, 2012, the Missionary Church of Kopimism held their first wedding. The wedding took place in Belgrade, Serbia, between a Romanian woman and an Italian man. The holy ceremony was conducted by a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask whose voice was distorted by a voice modulator.
The church said, “We are very happy today. Love is all about sharing. A married couple share everything with each other. Hopefully, they will copy and remix some DNA-cells and create a new human being. That is the spirit of Kopimism. Feel the love and share that information. Copy all of its holiness.”
The missionary leader of the Church of Kopimism, Isak Gerson, attended as a witness during the wedding.
LIST OF FOUNDERS OF RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
This article lists historical figures credited with founding religions or religious philosophies or people who first codified older known religious traditions. It also lists those who have founded a specific major denomination within a larger religion.
In many cases, one can regard a religion as a continuous tradition extending to prehistoric times without a specific founder (Vedic Religion precursor of Hinduism, folk religion, animism), or with legendary founding-figures whose historicity cannot be established (such as Abraham, Lord Rishabha). This notwithstanding, the various historical denominations of such religions will still have founders, such as St. Peter and St. Paul (who formed what is now known as Pauline Christianity), Nestorius (who codified Nestorianism), or Martin Luther (who taught Lutheranism) – all exemplifying denominations of Christianity. Religion often develops by means of schism and reform (motivated by theological speculation), and it becomes a matter of subjective judgement at what point such a schism or reform assumes the quality of a “foundation” of a new religion.
Chronologically, foundations of religious traditions may sub-divide into:
- the Axial Age, with the earliest known major founding figures such as Zoroaster, Confucius, and Buddha.
- Hellenism to Late Antiquity, with foundations of classical religious traditions and schools such as various sects of Early Christianity, Stoicism, Gnosticism.
- the medieval to early modern period, with the rise of Islam, classical (Puranic) Hinduism, the Bhakti movement, Zen Buddhism, and the Protestant Reformation.
- new religious movements, since ca. 1800.
Ancient (before AD 500)
|Name||Religious tradition founded||Life of founder|
|Naram-Sin of Akkad||first known ruler to impose an imperial cult||22nd century BC (short chronology)|
|Ur-Nammu||built the Ziggurat of Ur to Nanna||21st century BC (short chronology)|
|Abraham||Blood-right of inheritance for Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and more recently Baha’i||approx. 2000 – 1800 BC|
|Akhenaten||Atenism||14th century BC (conventional Egyptian chronology)|
|Moses||Judaism, Samaritanism||approx. 12 century BC|
|Various Rishis||composed the hymns of the Rigveda foundational to historical Vedic religion||second half of 2nd millennium BC|
|Solomon||Israelite king who built the first Temple in Jerusalem.||10th century BC (For Solomon’s historicity, see Solomon#Historical figure)|
|Parshva||The penultimate (23rd) Tirthankara in Jainism||877–777 BCE
|Zoroaster||composed the gathas foundational to Zoroastrianism||c. 11th to 9th c. BC
|Numa Pompilius||Roman king who codified and organized the Roman religion||717 BC – 673 BC|
|Laozi||Taoism||6th c. BC|
|Nebuchadnezzar II||built the Etemenanki, established Marduk as the patron deity of Babylon||6th c. BC|
|Mahavira||The final Tirthankara in Jainism||599–527 BCE
|Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha||Buddhism||ca. 5th c. BC|
|Confucius||Confucianism||551 BC – 479 BC|
|Pythagoras||Pythagoreanism||fl. 520 BC|
|Mozi||Mohism||470 BC – 390 BC|
|Ezra HaSofer||established Second Temple Judaism
||fl. 459 BC
|Epicurus||Epicureanism||fl. 307 BC|
|Zeno of Citium||Stoicism||333 BC – 264 BC|
|Patanjali||Raja Yoga (part of Hinduism)||2nd century BC|
|Jesus||Christianity||ca. 5 – 4BC – ca. 33 AD|
|Paul the Apostle and Saint Peter||Pauline Christianity||1st century|
|James the Just||Jewish Christianity||1st century|
|Judah haNasi||Talmudic Rabbinical Judaism||2nd century AD|
|Marcion of Sinope||Marcionism||110–160|