Church of Scientology Banned from Editing Wikipedia

Religious freaks determined to twist truths to fit thier own version of reality has resulted in an unprecedented ban by Wikipedia restricting the entire Church of Scientology from submitting informational posts at the Wiki site.  Guys were posting ‘EVERY DAY, ALL DAY’ according to an article on Tech-Ex.  What IS IT about determined religious nutters using the internet to try and browbeat us into accepting their views?

 Tory Christman, a former member of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs who left the Church in 2000 told The Register:

“The guys I worked with posted every day all day. It was like a machine. I worked with someone who used five separate computers, five separate anonymous identities…to refute any facts from the internet about the Church of Scientology.”

Wikipedia has decided enough is enough. After too many self-serving edits by the Church of Scientology, Wikipedia has decided to ban edits from IP addresses owned or operated by the Church of Scientology and its associates.

Here’s a word for the church though: proxy server. At any rate, regardless of whether or not the Church manages to get around the ban, this is an unprecedented move.

Individuals have been banned for gaming the system before, but according to The Register, which first broke the story of the “court decision,” multiple Wikipedia admins indicated that the barring of Church of Scientology IP addresses marks the first time Wikipedia has officially barred such a high-profile organization.

Additionally, The Register adds:

According to evidence turned up by admins in this long-running Wikiland court case, multiple editors have been “openly editing from Church of Scientology equipment and apparently coordinating their activities.” Leaning on the famed WikiScanner, countless news stories have discussed the editing of Scientology articles from Scientology IPs, and some site admins are concerned this is “damaging Wikipedia’s reputation for neutrality.”

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