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Prayer in the Twenty First Century

Now I've seen everything. I'm sure this global recession that we've been having lately has driven a lot of people to prayer. But paying for prayer? (Isn't money what we are praying for in the first place?!!)

That's right. A new service called Information Age Prayer offers to do exactly that. Here is what they advertise on their website: "Information Age Prayer is a subscription service utilizing a computer with text-to-speech capability to incant your prayers each day. It gives you the satisfaction of knowing that your prayers will always be said even if you wake up late, or forget."

And continuing the grand tradition of 'something for everyone' on the Internet, the prayers are not only for those who walk  in the footsteps of Jesus. Jewish? No problem. Muslim? Come on up. Here is a screen shot:

Image 017 Of course, the service comes with a 'disclaimer':

"At Information Age Prayer we think our service should be used like a prayer supplement, to extend and strengthen a subscriber's connection with God. Traditional prayer is an integral part of this connection and should never be forgone, even after signing up."

Got that last bit? Good. Now that you have promised to say your prayers, like the good person that you are (you didn't really think you could get off that easy did you?), go ahead and sign up! They've got a special promotional discount for new users for a limited time only (what self respecting promotion isn't?!!).

The world is coming to an end people. And just as predicted, the Internet did it!

Wake me when it's over.

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