In the future, universities will talk about the rise of 21st century cargo cults whose believers were middle class people who looked for god in the form of technology.
High on the study list will be Apple, with its worship of founder Steve Jobs, and its swirling queues around sacred places of worship such as Apple stores.
However, a new religion is rising up to challenge Apple in its own latte belt.
The Swedish “online piracy religion” is seeking official recognition in the United States. Dubbed “Kopimists” the religion preaches that any act of copying information is sacred and cannot be limited by any human law.
The religion was revealed in 2010 to a 19-year-old philosophy student Isak Gerson. Instead of crucifixes the religion holds Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V as sacred symbols.
The word Kopimism is inspired from a mistranslation of 1 Corinthians 11:1, “Copy me, my brothers, just as I copy Christ himself.” The verse actually says “follow me” not “copy me” but it seems that Koptics have not actually read the rival religion’s texts.
Kopimism has branches in 18 counties but has recently been registered in Illinois, USA. The American branch of the church is currently trying to get federal recognition and tax status.
This might be a bit tricky given that the US is the home of the Great Satan of Kopism – Big Content. Big Content is the key persecutor of all pirates, and if it had its way, would have all pirates crucified in public places.
Christopher Carmean, a student at the University of Chicago, who heads the American branch, told Russia Today that more than 450 people have registered in his church and some 30 of them are actively participating in congregations. So far there have not appeared to be any martyrdoms, but it is early days yet.
Most religions need a founder, preferably one which dies while carrying his or her mission. Apple is still leading the pack on that one.
In the EU the biggest enemy of Kopism is the Pope who has claimed that the religion was a send up of religion, a send up of copyright and a send up of the government to register such a body as religious.