Monday, May 19, 2008

rumors never die, they turn into spam

Removal of T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and others Pastors Removal of T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer and other Pastors from the ...An organization has been granted a Federal Hearing on the same subject by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington , D.C.

Their petition, Number 2493, would ultimately pave the way to stop the reading of the gospel of our Lord and Savior, on the airwaves of America . They got 287,000 signatures to back their stand! If this attempt is successful, all Sunday worship services being broadcast on the radio or by television will be stopped. This group is also campaigning to remove all Christmas programs and Christmas carols from public schools! You as a Christian can help!

We are praying for at least 1 million signatures. This would defeat their effort and show that there are many Christians alive, well and concerned about our country. As Christians, we must unite on this.
Please don't take this lightly. We ignored one lady once and lost prayer in our schools and in o ffices across the nation. Please stand up for your religious freedom and let your voice be heard. Together we can make a difference in our country while creating an opportunity for the lost to know the Lord.

Please, if you don't wish to participate, return this email to whoever sent it to you so they can at least keep this email going or forward it to some one you know who will wish to participate. Dr. Dobson is going on CNBC to urge every Christian to get involved. I hope you will sign and forward to all your family and friends.

Please press forward, CLEAN UP THE MESSAGE, and forward this to everyone youthink should read this. Now, please sign your name at the bottom (you can only add your name after you have pressed 'Forward' or you have cut and pasted the text).

Don't delete any other names, just go to the next number and type your name.Please do not sign jointly, such as Mr. & Mrs., each person should sign his/her own name. Please defeat this organization and keep the right of our freedom of religion.

Aah, this old rotten nugget got revived. Not only has this recent variation of spam gotten debunked by the FCC but also by Focus on the Family.

But guess what, folks? It gets better. The names like Jakes and Meyer come up but the bit of news you may not have heard lately is that if this spam hits you and includes names like Jakes, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer, Paula White, or Benny Hinn then the connection you may be sensing is not banning religious broadcasting from the airwaves. That sucking sound is more likely to be this:

Yep, that's right federal investigations of fraud and misappropriation of funds. I suppose some might say "how dare they?" So if you get something like the above, if you feel so inclined, direct the senders to some of the news of the day, like investigations into possible criminal behavior. It's not about stifling freedom of speech or religion, it's about allegations that crimes have been committed by mass-media-using churches. In the late 1980s the scandals were about sex like Baker and Swaggart. This the problems are money and how preachers may feel entitled to help themselves form the abundance they get from the flock. Even if a few of these preachers get shut down the Gospel will not be harmed. I mean, really, how could it be harmed?


Don in Texas said...

Sen. Chuch Grassley is leading the charge against these ministries. He does not like the "Prosperity Gospel" and has clearly said so... until of course he realized that it is unconstitutional for the government to outlaw a legitimate theology (which it is, even if you don't agree with it). So he now says it is not about their theology. (I guess if he had 6 Methodists in his sights, we'd be suspect of his claims). But, let's say you are Baptist, or Presbyterian, or any other mainline denomination and your church owns some extra land or perhaps a small strip shopping center adjacent to the church so that you have room to grow. Try this: call Sen. Chuck Grassley's office and ask his staff how they feel about that. Tell them you oppose Churches owning extra land or strip centers. I've done this, and you will quickly find out that he wants to tax these extra assets. In one respect Sen. Grassley is being honest -- he is only starting with the prosperity guys. But he will eventually change the law to include ALL CHURCHES.

Wenatchee the Hatchet said...

Shintoism is a legitimate theology before the law, too, obviously. Having battles of what amounts to separation of church and state and what the state(s) can do regarding religion is a long battle in the republic. The alternative in the West has been a state church, which overall seems worse.

But that still doesn't legitimize sending spam of the sort I'm getting lately that makes claims that have been refuted not only by the FCC but by Focus on the Family. If people were sending emails updating people on things like the investigation of Jakes and company that would at least be about something that is actually happening and accurate. That's what we need more of, so thanks for adding some context on the investigation stuff. I prefer to see stuff like that than wildly speculative emails saying Obama could be the antichrist because Revelations predicts the antichrist will be a man of Muslim descent in his 40s with a smooth tongue.