23 October 2008

Water, Faith and War

I thought I'd seen it all, but then I got this:
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 21:39:10 -0700
From: "winston lorenzy"
To: dzetland@gmail.com
Subject: Orderring bottle of water

Hello , I'm Rev, Mark Smith from church of Christ. our Church is having an 50th anniversary and in a missing offering to to the poor,and the orphanage home i would like to order for 200 bottle of water from your company and i will like you to give me the size and cost price each bottles of water and email me with it and i will like to know is you have them in stock and i am will be able to get them...........

And i will like to know which sizes do you have in stock and also i am in Bronx , Ny, that where i am but i am ordering them to one of my brunch in (Accra )Ghana and i would like you to give me the total cost of the 200 bottle and let me know the total cost of that and the type of payment you take for the order and that i have contact a shipping company and they will be in to your end as soon the have been place and paid so let me know when it will be ready and i will need them this week , i hope hear from you soon......stay blessed ........

Thank you ,

Rev, Mark Smith
What's the angle on this? Is it a scam, or does the Reverend really want to buy water from me (in CA) to send to Ghana?

Addendum: Google delivers -- the Rev. Smith is apparently a REAL person and HAS blessed bottled water -- to make it holy. It's then sold online, and sinners beware:
If you are a sinner or evil in nature, this product may cause burning, intense heat, sweating, skin irritations, rashes, itchiness, vomiting, bloodshot and watery eyes, pale skin color and oral irritations.
(...and I thought it was just typical, contaminated bottled water.)

BTW, I just saw Religulous, Bill Maher's attack on people's certainty that their faith is right -- and even more of an attack on those who would take advantage of that faith: The comparison of preachers and pimps is awesome. It's VERY funny and VERY sad.

I am all for people having faith (I'm agnostic), but I am very much opposed to those who think their faith gives them the RIGHT to tell me that I am wrong and/or do violence to me. The montage of religious fanatics and violence at the end of the film -- including GW Bush's claims that he is right to invade countries because of his god and the 9/11 attacks -- is truly revolting. See it.

Bottom Line: There's some weird stuff going on in this world, and much of it is inflicted by men claiming to have divine support.

1 comment:

  1. You should get a bottle of that "blessed holy water" from Reverend Mark Smith and test it in the lab, and then if its safe to drink, do so. If it burns, causes vomiting, or whatever, let us know, and we can all convert ;) Otherwise,I'll stick to my opinion that:
    The fundamentalist Christian takeover of the Republican party tore this country apart. Teachers in public schools now have to teach "Creationism", or "Intelligient Design"--utter nonsense for the science curriculum. They have quashed lifesaving research, and sought to take control of our bodily functions, lifestyle choices, and foreign policy. Every election brings up abortion, flag burning, and gay marriage, but never homelessness, chilren in poverty, education (real education), the healthcare crisis, climate change and/or the environment. It is a deadly social sin to talk politics or religion. Mixing them together in governance is just as deadly.

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