Bishops protecting the Almighty from spam, abuse, and computer viruses
The Church of England has launched ‘a dedicated prayer website from the Church of England. You can post your own prayers during Lent which runs between March 8th and April 23rd this year and these will be prayed for by various Christian communities throughout the country’: http://sayoneforme.org/
According to their guidelines:
‘Prayers should be original material and must not be unlawful, defamatory, blasphemous, harassing, abusive, fraudulent, obscene, contain viruses, or be otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by the organisers.’
How exactly does one make a ‘fraudulent’ prayer? What is the penalty for ‘prayer plagiarism’? What if you hold ‘abusive’ views about female equality, homosexuality, or other faiths? And are viruses now so advanced that even God is vulnerable?
Users are encouraged to check out the associated ‘Facebook page where we would love to have your comments and any answers to prayer.’
I don’t really know what to make of this… I guess it is a good means of popularising a festival and creating a sense of group solidarity which is almost nonexistent in contemporary society. I shall watch the developments with interest…