Monday, June 13, 2005

Roman Catholic Spamming

A day ago, I added a brief statement to the "about me" section of the blog [look to your right] where I said I'm interested in Roman Catholicism.

It turns out that, upon checking my email, an unsolicited message from none other than Patrick Madrid was there. Has this nobody all of a sudden attracted the big-league RC's? What, pray tell, could Madrid want?

It turns out the mail was a spam-message plugging a set of debate videos and tapes by Patrick Madrid. "Equip yourself to share and defend the Catholic faith effectively!" I didn't know that I was diagnosed as a budding Roman apologist by Big RC Marketing.

We are now at the stage where certain apologists for Rome invade our electronic mailboxes with unsolicited clutter. And, like the notes for porn, viagra, refinancing, and mortgage companies that are found in the PP inbox, this too is going into the "deleted" file. Perhaps in an act of revenge, barring his flight to a Levitical city of refuge, I can send a PP catalogue to Mr Madrid, where he can peruse the entire PP merchandising line, encompassing not only tee-shirts and coffee mugs, but sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, and, yes, halter tops for those pedantic Protestanttes who wish to make apologetics inroads with repressed young male Catholics.

EDIT: removed some puckishness, added some questionable humor

3 Comments:

Blogger centuri0n said...

You said:
We are now at the stage where certain apologists for Rome invade our electronic mailboxes with unsolicited clutter. And, like the notes for porn, viagra, refinancing, and mortgage companies that are found in the PP inbox, this too is going into the "deleted" file. Perhaps in an act of revenge, barring his flight to a Levitical city of refuge, I can send a PP catalogue to Mr Madrid, where he can peruse the entire PP merchandising line, encompassing not only tee-shirts and coffee mugs, but sweatshirts, pullovers, sweaters, and, yes, halter tops for those pedantic Protestanttes who wish to make apologetics inroads with repressed young male Catholics.

As long as they don't start creating subject lines like "rock hard theology" and "she likes hers in Peter's Chair", it's a little harsh to compare Catholic apologetical spam with porn and viagra spam. However, it does give us an idea regarding what they think evangelism is all about.

To be fair we "started it". We're the ones who have been, for decades upon decades, -- perhaps as far back as Gutenberg -- handing out tracks, which is really no better than junk mail that gets delivered personally rather than via USPS.

As for the PP catalog, I'm jealous. Some people have said you are actually me in disguise (as if ...), but the fact that you have a catalog of fan merchandise already proves you are actually a better marketer than I am. It may not be decent evangelism, but it puts the pot roast on the table.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 6:50:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Yes, Frank, the catalogue is chock full of merchandise designed solely to pump money into the PP coffers. Coffee mugs and tee-shirts are "so last month," and we're moving on bigger and better things, such as leisure suits! =D

As for the Madrid spam, it isn't a big deal, but it makes fun thread material, so in a way I'm glad some program caught wind of my email.

I don't care RC email to porn or viagra. The only tertium in the comparison was that the RC email was also going in the e-can like the other stuff. I'll say though that it was an attractive email.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:48:00 AM  
Blogger Pedantic Protestant said...

Replace "care" with "compare" in the last paragraph. The first sentence in the last paragraph should read: "I don't mean to generally compare RC email to porn or viagra."

This is what happens when you try thinking before noon.

PP

Tuesday, June 14, 2005 9:49:00 AM  

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