Has anybody else seen the 'Christian Mingle' ads
? They're aimed at 'single Christians
' and their tagline is 'find God
's match for you
'.... I may be getting cynical here, but this seems like a multitude of disasters in the making. Drawing people into a dating website for the usual ends of profit is about as old as the internet itself, and naturally such sites have always promised superior matching-up formulae and touted high statistics for successful connections. But the enormous expectations that the Christian Mingle pitch makes for couples who connect through it, well those are simply troubling.
There is something I find subtly nefarious about such a site as its angle insinuates that it is the venue through which subscribers will encounter the bullet-proof relationship
, the one which cannot fail
because it is personally ordained by their deity
. And, at the same time, the message seems to undermine relationships entered into by means more conventional than internet dating, as though by having found a significant other
through channels other than Christian Mingle you must be bound to fail because you haven't employed the God-approved way to find the one whom God wants you to be with. It seems to me unfair to target Christians for such treatment, for they are already asked by the profiteers in the more formal religious institutions to accept so much that they may indeed be unable to see through the ad pitch, for will end up with not only broken homes, but with the angst
of believing that the failure of a relationship doomed by improperly elevated hopes is in actuality a condemnation
from their deity.
And finally I am concerned for all those non-Christian theists and deists out there, for if God's match for Christians is to be found through Christian Mingle, where are Jews
to find God's match for them? Are they out of luck
, not having a divinely established soulmate for lack of being Christian? Or is their deity working through a Muslim Mingle, a Hindu How-do-you-do, a, um, JDate
? (Not concerned especially for fellow Pandeists, naturally, since to be a Pandeist is by definition already to have found unnecessary the notion that the Creator of our Universe has set plans for Earth's hairless ape population.)
In auditing news:
So I'm completely going off the cuff now.... next up:
-- on page 4 of.... 20-something
I suppose since I'm node auditing borgo I ought to do the same for borgette
, as sort of a package deal. Okay, actually, I want to node audit Jet-Poop
but I just got through some damn big lists and I'm taking some time before I get into any more. Well, except borgo, whose full breadth of contributions I hadn't appreciated until I started digging into it. So if anybody out there has a small
number of write-ups, as in less than a hundred perhaps, message me and I'll put them next on the list!!