A couple of gems which have crossed my inbox and caught my eye this week:
Title: FW: Ministry TRAINING
You can become a legally ordained minister within 48 hours
As a minister, you will be authorized to perform the rites and ceremonies of the church!
Perform Weddings, Funerals, Perform Baptisms, Forgiveness of Sins
Visit Correctional Facilities
Want to start your own church?
Three things struck me.
- The title is “Ministry Training”, but then you can become a minister in 48 hours. Some might argue that slightly more qualifications are required than that.
- It implies that the job of a minister is to perform rites and ceremonies. I suggest the emphasis is better placed elsewhere.
- And of course, there’s the amusing assertion that this “course” somehow makes you qualified to Perform the Forgiveness of Sins. But who can forgive sins but God alone?
The second piece of semi-spam was actually a webmail footer. I’m sure you’ve all seen the ones for MSN or Yahoo personals which basically say “click here to get a date”. In India, they do things somewhat differently: