November 20, 2004

Spam Gets Religion

United States: If you've noticed a hike in the amount of religious spam in your inbox lately, there's a reason, the scum are exploiting a US loophole that exempts religious groups from bulk e-mail laws.

The growth area in unsolicited e-mail is now messages that contain religious themes. And the bad news is that unlike commercial spam, it's not illegal.

E-mail recipients are increasingly being offered religious salvation through the power of spam, according to security company MessageLabs.

The antispam company has intercepted a large number of spiritual e-mails in the last month. The company says the e-mails are legal because they don't plug products, just religious ideals.

That would be religious ideals like a Christian loan company or offers to get laid via a Chrstian dating service.

Spam gets religion - c|net, 19th November 2004.

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But as these churches ask for money from their members, that surely makes it commercial? Maybe we should campaign for a law which means that in exchange for exemption from anti-spamming laws, they do not receive the protection of the anti-cracking laws?

I've noticed that I get a lot of spam from Christian Mortgage Brokers, Christian Singles, etc. I want to email them back with "For Pagan Singles" in the subject.

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Evangelism, witnessing and similar activitites go by one name here—advertising, and is no different from spam for viagra, penis enlargement products and pornography. We do not take advertising. If you want to advertise your imaginary friend, please spend your own money on your own web space to do so. Any attempts to use the comments section for advertisements will be deleted, and the perpetrator barred, unless they are particularly stupid, in which case I reserve the right to pinch an idea from Teresa Nielsen Hayden and delete all the vowels.

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