What Has Been the World's Greatest Source of Spam?
If you take into account all of the propaganda created by religion in the forms of tracts and apologetics, not to mention requests for donations and fliers for the choir's bake sale, the Bible is history's greatest source of spam. When the great tsumani hit Indonesia and India, Jerry Falwell had 600,000 Christian tracts printed up to accompany the care packages - to Muslims and Hindus. Now THAT'S spamming - and, insulting. But come to think of it, isn't ALL spam insulting? Doesn't spamming assume that you're deficient in some way? That you're gullible? That you're too lazy to find out things by yourself? That the spammer knows something you don't? The Bible thumper on the street assumes that everyone who passes by is a sinner because, well, he's a sinner. He's spamming you without your consent. He's creating noise that does nothing but overload your senses.
The average cable television viewer sorts through channels and programs like so much junk mail. Only some of them are looking for Pat Robertson's 700 Club. Proselytizing has become a mind-numbing assault - an assault on the senses and (as Al Gore would put it) an assault on reason. Television "spam guards" would sell like hotcakes. Sure, your fingers on the remote
act as a kind of censorship but you can't actually erase that televangelist. Even while watching "The Discovery Channel, you KNOW he's there waiting for you to tell you how much you need God - and him. And just what he really thinks of you, well, you just don't want to know. These people are all filled with "The Holy Spirit" and to a televangelist you're just another one of them (with money to donate of course):
WARNING: watching this video may not make you lose faith in God, but it might make you lose faith in the sanity of mankind.