Now fighting for official recognition, Sweden’s new Missionary Church of Kopism “worships” the “sacred” act of copying and sharing information. The religious group of radical pirates demand an end to their persecution by influential “copyright believers.” Yes, it’s real.

Begat by a 19-year-old philosophy student Isaac Gers, the Kopists haven’t quite earned legal status. Here’s the conflicting clincher: privacy is as holy as “the circulation of knowledge:”

In our belief, communication is sacred. Communication needs to be respected. It is a direct sin to monitor and eavesdrop on people. Absolute secrecy is holy in the Church of Kopimism.

This element of self-contradiction definitely gives Kopism points towards qualifying as a religion.