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Thursday, September 16, 2010

There's no Madison Avenue in Jerusalem

I get a handful of press releases via email every month, which I mostly ignore. (I can be bought, but I won't be borrowed.) Occasionally, though, one misses the mark enough to warrant comment.

The most recent example had the following as its subject line:
Does Prayer Really Work? Dr. [X] Reveals the Truth.
The question is ill-formed; prayer isn't an act that may or may not "work." The statement is staggering in its hubris; has the world been waiting in ignorance of the nature of prayer for Dr. X's revelation?

And hey, what do you know, there's an "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of the email. Handy, that.