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    From http://www.secweb.org/asset.asp?AssetID=120#memes

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    The slogan "Culture jamming theistic memes since 1995" is thanks to the
    genius of our wild and woolly ex-pres., James Still. Many people ask what
    "culture jamming theistic memes" refers to, and this is just it:

    Through the Secular Web, the Internet Infidels have defied the cultural
    assumptions of a predominately Judeo-Christian world and dared to say
    that the emperor has no clothes. Indeed, we are not just saying it, but
    making a thorough case for it and publishing it for all the world to see,
    where it is impossible to ignore. A "culture jammer" is someone who
    challenges cultural assumptions and opens people's eyes to an underlying
    truth that, through habit or denial, people have ignored or never noticed
    before--like spray painting "feed me" on a billboard with a naked model
    so skinny she's two pounds from dead. Memes, on the other hand, are the
    units, the genes of culture: the claims and beliefs and stories that
    together comprise a society's variegated ideology. These memes, through
    telling and retelling, through emulation and reinvention, pass from
    person to person like a virus. Though "being true" is often a strong
    trait that will keep a meme alive, memes all too often spread and stick
    around with a ferocious tenacity even when obviously false, like belief
    in Bigfoot, or faith in the inevitable victory of the Marxist state.
    Theistic memes are the beliefs that comprise "theism," or belief in God,
    in all its varieties. We culture jamming infidels believe these memes are
    of the Bigfoot variety. So we write "feed me" on the electric billboard
    of the Internet.

      2001 by Richard Carrier

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