SmartFilter stupidity - Christian sites as SEX

Anticensorware - SmartFilter damage

SmartFilter , the censorware program made by Secure Computing, is in the news again. Jonathan Zittrain and Ben Edelman , at Harvard's Berkman Center , just released a report on the use of censorware in Saudi Arabia:
It's long been known that SmartFilter has the censorware contract for Saudi Arabia's country-wide Internet censorship (see "Companies Compete to Provide Saudi Internet Veil" , NYT, Nov 19 2001)

Normally, I don't even bother sending out examples of specific ridiculous censorware blacklisting items. They tend not to get much notice, being regarded as old-news-been-there-done-that. But in reaction to the above report, a reporter asked me about SmartFilter, so I investigated some current, hot-off-the-presses, proofs, that censorware has not become very smart at all. With the right tools, this isn't hard to do. But unfortunately, I can't publish too much technical detail, because of the severe legal risks involved .

Anyway, since Saudi Arabia was the topic, I decided to look into Christian sites. Below are some Christian sites which SmartFilter has blacklisted as "Sex" . Note I don't think this is due to any currying of favor or slant to Saudi Arabia. Remember, never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

Some Christian sites banned as "Sex" by SmartFilter, July 17 2002: [My comments in brackets]
Christian Hangout Ministries
[Has a link to a Christian Personals site, maybe that got them blacklisted]
A foreign Christian site
[No idea why this is blacklisted, maybe the foreign language was confusing]
"Ministries of Mike Henry & Crazy For Christ."
["A dynamic,high energy,sincere, and genuinely spiritual team providing praise, worship, and contemporary Christian music, touching testimonies, ..." Hmm ... touching testimonies???]
Korean Central United Methodist Church
[aka KCUMC. The pages have "CUMC" all over them ... need I say more?]
"Joy in Jesus Ministry"
[Probably too much Joy on the pages ...]
"Faith Healing Ministries' Mission of Faith and Love"
[Maybe too much love ...]

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Update 1.1: They were finally all changed from "Sex" around September 2002
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