Thursday, February 02, 2006

Forward this to 1000 of your closest friends

A friend of mine sends me a lot of religious spam. She's not a close friend and doesn't know I'm an atheist and a left-winger, so I usually delete it and forget it. This time I returned it to her with a link where she could find out the truth about it. Here is the text of the email:
This is a personal issue. I have been burned doing this sort of thing before so I am not prone to do this sort or thing for just ANY reason, but I am compelled to act on THIS one!! I do realize the signifigance of the quiet protest that these types of emails are now starting to represent. I have sent this to a cherished you few friends who may realize the gravity of this situation. If used for the correct reason this type of emails have an overwhelming impact, points are driven home and the victory can be won. Send it if you'd care to help.

Please Sign this, if you don't wish to participate, return this to the person who sent it to you so they can at least keep this going or forward it to some one you think will wish to participate. Dr. Dobson is going on CNBC to urge every Christian to get involved. I hope you will think about signing this and forwarding to all your family and friends. Dr. James Dobson, with Focus on the Family, pleads for our action. An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, DC. Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America. They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You as a Christian can help! We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians, we must unite on this. Please don't take this lightly. We ignored one lady once and lost prayer in our schools and in offices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.. Please press "forward," CLEAN UP THE MESSAGE, and forward this to everyone you think should read this.
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Please defeat this organization and keep the right of our freedom of religion.
When you get to 1000 please e-mail back to: Lisa Norman at

It was sent to me with 759 signatures in it.

I usually check out this kind of stuff just to see what it’s about, who is doing it, etc. Here’s the real scoop on it. Dobson’s website (Focus on the Family) denounces this as a hoax, and encourages everyone to stay far away from it, and to by no means forward this stuff around. There is even an audio file where he says the same kind of thing with even stronger emphasis. Dodson is just suffering a backlash from one of the things that elevates him to where he is: his followers are sheeple, people who are likely to believe whatever they hear or read if they think it came from a "godly" source, and of course they do what they’re told because God'll get 'em if they don't.
Petition 2493: Still a Fake
The furor about a fictional petition to stop all religious broadcasting is still going strong — and now Dr. James Dobson is being pulled into the fray.

The Religious Right seems to have guerilla factions that start these hoaxes that are eventually sent to millions of people. They want to whip up the fear and paranoia factors in sheeple who already think the end times are here. All I can say is, even if you are a "believer", it's a good idea to understand why you believe something.

It's ironic that some of their fears are the same as mine but for the opposite reason. It's the fear that freedom of religion is being taken away by the government or by certain organizations. They are worried about the FCC and ACLU while I'm worried about the President and Congress. They think there's a war on Christmas and Christianity. I'm worried about a Fascist State forcing a State Religion down my throat.

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