Spam isn't spam when it's done in the name of the Lord

I got this e-mail this morning:

Dear blog author:

We recently came across your site,, while searching for fellow christian bloggers.

A small group of us have started a new site called Christian Bloggers. Our prayer and intent is to bring Christians closer together, and make a positive contribution to the Internet community. While many of us have different "theologies", we all share one true saviour.

Would you be interested in joining Christian Bloggers? Please take a few minutes to have a look at what we are trying to do, and if you are interested, there is a sign up page to get the ball rolling. We would greatly appreciate your support in this endeavour.

May God Bless you and your blogging efforts. We look forward to hearing from you.

Craig Cantin
Christian Bloggers

Please note: you will receive this email only once. You can join or visit Christian Bloggers at any time, but we do not believe in spam, and will not intentionally send this invite more than once. If you have any concerns regarding our anti-spam policy, please do not hesitate to contact us.

So, I sent the following reply:

This absolutely is spam. It's very clear from reading my site that I am not Christian. I'm having trouble believing that an actual person read my site and decided to send me this.

What would Jesus say about combing websites with bots and sending dishonest e-mails?


jason said...

It may not be a bot, but it's certainly someone who spends zero time reading blogs before contacting authors.

Although on the upside, when else would you possibly read the line, "May God Bless you and your blogging efforts."? That's so laughable.

eeka said...

Exactly. I mean, they could have easily found my blog through googling and skimming one of the posts I've made defending a Christian group or explaining a principle of Christianity that some fundie was bastardizing, or something. But still, a few minutes reading my blog would easily inform them that I'm not Christian. Therefore, it's spam. Why even bother to pretend you aren't spamming people when you're clearly spamming people?

Yeah, I find humor in the whole fundie-busting-out-God's-name thing too. I once went with a friend of mine, who's a Lutheran minister, to what we thought was going to be a theological/academic presentation, but ended up being a big fundy fest. Every other word out of their mouths was something about praising the Lord, like, we'll now be blessed by Our Lord And Savior with a 10-minute intermission, who has so graciously placed the restrooms down His hall and to the left.

As my reverend friend put it afterward, "Wow, enough with the obsessive God-name-dropping already. You don't need to praise him every two second. He KNOWS. You think God needs to be reminded?"

LaDivina said...

May God Bless you and your blogging efforts.

I, too, say, "Pfft."


David said...

I guess if you only get one email (ever) then maybe you should count yourself lucky.

Love the updated profile in the sidebar though :)

Bob (Highland St) said...

Two thoughts here:

1. There are varying levels of unsolicited email. This one was relatively benign. It properly identified its origin, it promised no repeats, and it had a real person to read replies. This is not the kind of spam that's clogging the Internet as of late. Contrast to the typical Viagra or stock pump-and-dump or virus spams, which are fueled by criminal activity, do not identify their sender, and use many other means to hide their true identity and intent.

2. Maybe I haven't read closely enough, but until today I have seen nothing on your blog that would convince me you are not a Christian. Contrary to what the fundies would have you think, straight people do NOT have a monopoly on Christian faith.

eeka said...

Whoa there Bob. I don't have anything against Christians whatsoever. And I'm quite well-versed in religion (my own and others), so no, I don't think all -- or even most -- Christians are fundies.

I mention fairly often that I'm of Jewish and Buddhist background on here. I've never said I'm Christian, since I'm not. Yes, the spam is relatively benign, but it's irritating that they're sending it to people who haven't identified as Christian, just assuming that they're Christian. You don't see Jewish blogger networks (and there are many) going around inviting people who don't specifically state that they're Jewish. The assumption crap bothers me, not the Christianity. Christians are fine.