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“If my audience was ten thousand strong, and represented a cross section of our global community, only thirty-three hundred of you would be Christian. Twenty- two hundred of you would be Islamic, fifteen hundred would be Hindu, six hundred would be Buddhist and four hundred would be Chinese Traditional. Six hundred more of you would be followers of Sikhism, Juche, Spiritism, Judaism, Baha’i, Jainism, Shinto, Cao Dai, Tenrikyo, Paganism, Unitarianism, Rastafarianism, Scientology, Zoroastrianism or another religion, while the remaining fourteen hundred would either be atheistic or would have no religion at all (atheistic being those that would say there is no supreme being, and the others, secular and agnostic, don’t ask the question in the first place and remain neutral, belief-wise.)”

WHO? Vince Barnes, writer of the “Goodies to Go” email newsletter about HTML tricks.
AND? He also said this: “Now this little list of interesting facts didn’t just pop into my head. I wish my head worked like that! Einstein once said that the greatest knowledge a person can possess is the address of the local library—he didn’t have the internet available, obviously! Doing some research on the Web enabled me to discover these statistics, and a whole lot more about the religions I mentioned - some of which I hadn’t even heard of before. In fact, everything worth knowing (and a bunch of facts and information that might not be

) can be found somewhere on the Web. As the Web grows, so does the pool of human knowledge, and vice-versa.

Wars are fought all too frequently in the name of religion. It is my belief that understanding leads to tolerance and peace. Tolerance, by the way, seems to be an important tenet of all these religions. Knowledge leads to understanding, and knowledge can be obtained from the World Wide Web.

The World Wide Web comes from you.

So to all you Web Developers, whatever your religion, background or origin, I wish you wonderful things at this time of the highest holy day of the Christian religion, and thank you for all the work you do to enlighten me via the unprecedented, most magnificent, global communications medium of the World Wide Web. May your creative skills continue to grow, and your knowledge and wisdom continue to flow.”

posted at 2:01 pm
on Dec. 27, 2004





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