Daily Archives: January 21, 2008

Official CBB Policy Regarding Spam Rumors

So today I received an email from a church member linking to a video about a new Hillary Clinton rumor which may or may not be true. I have somehow gotten on various church members’ email lists, and periodically receive urgent alerts regarding threats to our religious liberties in America or other things. Although I certainly believe in defending religious liberty, I am often annoyed since a visit to Truth or Fiction sometimes dispells these horrific claims. Unfortunately that specific rumor has yet to be addressed at the site. But here are a couple of other examples:

We’ve heard other urban legends such as:

  • Proctor and Gamble is a company filled with satan worshipping executives (mostly, if not entirely false)
  • The government printed “under God” on the edge of the new coins (wait, that one was true!)
  • Pepsi took the words “Under God” off the can.

Truth: Pepsi did not, however Dr. Pepper did. And despite this, I’m not sure  it is worth AN EMAIL WRITTEN IN CAPS TO ALERT ME TO THE SEVERITY OF THIS PROBLEM.

I also didn’t ask to be included in the email, and I certainly did NOT ask for my personal email address (not the secondary spam address either!) to be broadcast to dozens, scores, or hundreds of other people. Unlike myself, I suspect many of them may want to be informed of these rumors, and may lack the scruples necessary from refraining from pirating my email address onto their lists, thus exacerbating this problem.

Back to the poor church member:Unfortunately for them, I am starting to realize that my silence in the face of an overly unredemptive and politically charged email is tantamount to my approval of it. Articulating a rather blunt email in response (as tactfully as possible) might actually have the effect of liberating my email account from any future emails of this variety. Glory!

So here’s a notice for anyone who is planning to send me any such email, links, or commentary that is politically motivated, with the effect of tempting me to accuse any polititian or leader, rather than praying for them, thereby entering into an unholy partnership by my divisive attitude:

Don’t do it, since you’re forcing me to counterspam EVERYONE in your cc field with a more biblical perspective, and run the high risk of embarassing you. Please, don’t do it!