Friday, February 15, 2008

Domain name piracy: Mega Bible studies be thy name

I sat down at the computer this afternoon to work on the blog and accidentally transposed the P and the S in "blogspot" when I typed in the URL. "" leads to a site that describes itself as

A mega-site of Bible, Christian and religious information and studies. By God's mercy, one of the largest Bible-centered sites on the web (app. 6000 pgs). If it's in the Bible, it should be on this site.

Unfortunately, this does not mean that some evangelical group thought enough of our blog to pirate the web address. Rather, it means (as I discovered with a little bit more playing around with the URL), that the online bible college hosting the site purchased just the domain "" and have somehow figured out a way to get all URLS that end in to link to their site. Kudos to them for creativity. Still, I don't think they're going to convert anybody by tricking folks onto their website.

Interestingly, and not surprisingly, "Mormonism" is found on the website's handy "cult list," After "Moonies," and before "Moslems" (their spelling, not mine). Also on this list: the KKK, OUIJA boards, and witchcraft. I've got to start paying more attention at Church, because I'm definitely missing something.

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