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Bless 'em

Posted by Ben on Monday, September 19, 2005 | Permalink

Now then, lots of Christians are very nice people, and outright mockery is never a good way to bring people over to your way of thinking. But sod it, if you can't rip it out of the godbotherers on a website called 'Religion is Bullshit!' then where can you, eh?

My local newspaper printed an article recently about a new advertising campaign aimed at getting bums on seats in church on Sunday, which we can wish them good luck with because it frankly doesn't stand a chance. The fun begins when they speak to Carl Christon - a 'believer', apparently - of Christon Davies, a local advertising agency. Mr Christon reckons that they need to get down with teh kidz in ways they can dig, m'kay? His first couple of suggestions are pretty unremarkable:

"Party at God's place this and every Sunday. Huge Crowd. Live music. Free Wine. Admission Free"

"Crowds of people will be singing in your Church on Sunday. Get down and find out if God can give you the X Factor"

But then he brings out the big guns:

"MSN Messenger can help our truly worthy cause. Soon, God would almost accidentally become less boring and a little more 'cool'. If we are lucky, He may end up being 'well good'."

Man alive, is this guy so hip he has difficulty seeing over his pelvis, or what? I can just imagine him being chased out of a school assembly by a mob of chavs after trying to 'rap' with them, he's nothing less than a real life version of Tom Watson's excellent Teens section. Let's give the lad the final word:

"I would hope that 'The Message' would offer the opportunity for more that relates to life, rather than focusing on the Church. It is God who is 'cool', even 'well-good' - not necessarily always the institution."

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