The Church of Kopimism, whose principal tenent is the right to file-share, has been formally recognized as a religious organization in Sweden.
The Swedish government agency Kammarkollegiet registered the Church of Kopimism as a religious organization in late December, just before Christmas, the group said in a Wednesday statement. Members of the church applied three times in their more than year-long quest to have the religion formally recognized in Sweden.
Sweden is now the first and only country to recognize Kopimism as a religion, the group said.
“For the Church of Kopimism, information is holy and copying is a sacrament,” it said in a statement.
Christianity remains the leading contender. In the meantime, file under “The Culture that is Sweden.” I thank Eric H. for the pointer.
Addendum: And here is Matt Yglesias on Europe as Conservative. I agree with the points he makes, but that Europe is not very Christian, and that America tries to do more to raise the status of Christianity and Christians, deserves further discussion.