Nineteen-year-old philosophy student Isaac Gerson believes that sharing files is important. He calls it "the most beautiful thing in the world," according to a TorrentFreak. Instead of "Thou shall not steal," Gerson's proposed religion, which has grown out of his Missionary Church of Kopimism, argues that we should steal -- and share -- more frequently.
"The congregation at Missionary Kopimistsamfundet" -- Gerson and his followers are based in Sweden -- "believe that copying is to be embraced by religion and they hope that very shortly this way of life will be officially accepted by the authorities," according to a story posted today on TorrentFreak. "To have your information copied is a token of appreciation, say the church, a sure sign that people think you have done something good."
Late last year, Gerson's church applied to authorities in Sweden to be accepted and recognized as an official religion. Two weeks ago, authorities denied Gerson's application, arguing that, while the church is a community, one of the listed requirements, "its meetings did not constitute 'worship,'" according to TorrentFreak. "Undeterred, the church founders have requested a meeting to find out what is required in order to gain official acceptance. They certainly aren't giving in."