Jon Acuff explains what we all know to be true: Christians don’t use Snopes or Google when sending email.
He writes about how to tell when an email from a Christian is worth deleting:
2. Crazy subject line.
If you see the word, “Horrible” or the phrases, “If you’re a Christian, you must read this,” or “Fourth horseman spotted outside Cleveland,” go ahead and delete that email immediately.
6. The claim is gigantic.
The bigger the claim, the greater the chance is that it’s fake. A few months ago someone sent me an email from “James Dobson” that said all Sunday worship services on the radio or television were about to be removed from the air unless we signed a petition. Chances are, if thousands of gospel programs are going to be instantly removed from both radio and television, the first time you hear of this won’t be in an email from your friend “BillKingBeliever777.” Also, there are scams aimed at Christians that ask for your email address in order to keep prayer in our country. They just want your email. Avoid these like one of the plagues. The frogs for instance.
I’m amazed that Jon has to explain what Snopes is in his introduction. There’s something you’ll never have to see on an atheist blog. We’re the people who “Reply All” to the “Christian forwards” and explain in detail why it’s all bullshit 🙂 I know I’ve sent plenty of those with links directly to Snopes.