Forwarding crap emails won't make you more Christian/Muslim/Pastafarian

9 Oct

hamgun I despise those email forwards that hint that by passing them around you’re doing the "Christian" or "insert religion here" thing.

One whiny email I got said that it was a shame that it was easy to forward silly pictures or jokes but people would hesitate to forward religious emails.

That’s because some people are smarter than you, bub, and don’t think it’s their legitimate duty to stuff their faith down the throats of other believers.

I was angry to get one particular email with the title "Fwd: Ben Stein’s Remarks from CBS Sunday Morning. Must Read."

Whad’ya mean must read? Does reading it improve my IQ? Will it cure cancer or AIDS? Will it make the readers less stupid?

Even worse, the email had been forwarded around the block so many times it had the added inanity of comments like "I can only hope we find God again before it is too late!!"

Dear God, please save us from stupid people. Amen.

Since said email was in my inbox anyway, I did a cursory read and when I got to the following part, I was ready to give the one who forwarded it a long lecture in good taste and compassion:

"In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.  I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK.  Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school.  The Bible says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.  And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr Spock’s son committed suicide).  We said an=2 0 expert should know what he’s talking about.  And we said OK.
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out.  I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’ "

OH THIS PART MADE ME WANT TO SCREAM AND RANT AND PILLAGE AND…SPANK SOMEONE REALLY HARD.

  1. Bringing up the Madeleine case as proof of your case for bringing God into public life is bad taste. Would you like your child’s murder be used in such a blatantly disrespectful way, to forward someone’s religious propaganda? Any parent should think properly before forwarding said email.
  2. Bringing up the suicide of another person’s child? Even worse. Most parents do the best they can; crucifying one parent for his child’s suicide is hateful.
  3. "I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’ " So I hope you get a hoe right in your teeth because right now you’re sowing the seeds of my fury.

You know what’s the best part? That the part of the email that I detested was a complete fabrication. Someone had added the part to Ben Stein’s piece and decided to forward it along. A friend of mine Snoped the forward and found that out:

 http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/benstein2.asp

So, Ben Stein, for the most part, your piece wasn’t too bad. The person who decided to change your piece into something galling by adding his own piece of religious propaganda is another story.

And, by the way, Dr.Spock’s kid didn’t commit suicide.

The moral of the story is to make sure that what you’re forwarding is legitimate instead of just sending it along and calling it a ‘must read’.

There are enough lies in the world already. Let’s not help them multiply.

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4 Responses to “Forwarding crap emails won't make you more Christian/Muslim/Pastafarian”

  1. Peter Tan October 9, 2008 at 1:00 pm #

    People like to forward such emails before verifying the fact because it makes them feel more learned, important and have a big group of friends when they see their names in the mailing list together with several hundred others. Then they get scam mails from people fishing email addresses from such emails and stupidly believe some sickly old woman from a God-forsaken part of Africa is dying and is willing to give them her entire estate and got conned of a large sum of money. I have no pity for these people. They deserve what the fate that befell them.

  2. beetrice October 9, 2008 at 2:37 pm #

    Hoo boy…yeah, I’ve got the mother of all unreasonable email forwarders for sure. Can claim to be sent with LOVE too, when everything that follows is anything BUT.
    Have a good laugh reading it – and leave a comment ya! 😀

  3. Sivin October 10, 2008 at 12:19 am #

    That’s why I don’t read forwarded emails unless really need to read.
    and I seldom forward them unless I know for sure.
    chill … there’s more to this life …
    and more stuff we need to be upset about as well.
    sabar … breath in, breath out.
    but then again, last week I read another email and was fuming mad when I felt people were blackmailing the church. Ok, they didn’t say that, but then it felt that way!

  4. Dabido October 10, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    ‘”I can only hope we find God again before it is too late!!”‘
    I think I saw him hiding behind the fridge. Some crazy religious fanatics were trying to mold him into a weird shape that just didn’t suit him. 🙂
    ‘Dear God, please save us from stupid people. Amen.’
    And may it start with me! Amen. 🙂
    ‘Would you like your child’s murder be used in such a blatantly disrespectful way, to forward someone’s religious propaganda?’
    This is NOT the Madeline McCann case, this is the American Athiest who got prayer banned from US public schools and got reading of the Bible removed from schools.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madalyn_Murray_O'Hair
    In fact, mentioning God in some US schools can be considered a type of assault.
    ‘Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped’
    He has actually been proven right on that part. His main problem was he encouraged people to SPOIL the child thinking if the child got all the things they wanted they’d grow up well balanced. He actually admitted he was wrong about that later on.
    I think it is a shame that they take one thing he said and make out that has been the cause of the problems. Every child I saw when I was looking after jeuveniles had actually been physically abused in some way. So why is this person blaming the children who were not spanked for what is being done by those who have been abused?
    I think it might be because they haven’t learned to control their own children with reason and as such resort to spanking their own kids when they lose control.
    ‘SPANK SOMEONE REALLY HARD.’
    *Dabido lines up for his spanking*
    Oh wait, you mean the spanking as some form of punishment! D’oh!
    ”WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
    This e-mail has born false witness (e-mail having nothing to do with Ben Stein said), it has spread misinformation (blaming something Dr Spock said in the 60’s for the behaviour of all children now a days + saying Dr Spocks kid died), deflected responsibility (blaming Dr Spock for childrens behaviour), and the Pharisee ‘Holier than Thou’ type attitude … didn’t Jesus constantly tell the Pharisee’s off?
    Anyway. I agree with Sivin. Deep breaths. Eventually stupid people remove themselves from the gene pool (and win a Darwin award). 🙂

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