Who would Jesus spam?

EnvelopeOh, Lordy.

Unsolicited e-mails of a religious nature are on the rise, according to this article from E-Commerce Times. So far, MessageLabs, a company that provides email security, says messages which contain subject lines like "Only believe" are from legit organizations trying to sell Bibles. But since messages of this nature are not covered by the Can-Spam Act, it may only be a matter of time before some Viagra hawker gets on the bandwagon. (AdFreak’s favorite quote from the article: "It is mostly Christian in nature. We have not seen any Islamic spam yet," according to MessageLabs chief information security analyst Paul Wood.)

On a separate but related matter, we’re intrigued by this effort, encouraging people to boycott stores that opt to use "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" in their advertising. The so-called "Committee to Save Merry Christmas" says there’s a "covert and deceptive war" to remove any mention of Christmas by retailers (in particular, according to the Committee, Federated Department Stores) during the, um, holiday season. (Though they have a point about the dichotomy of having "Holiday" and "After Christmas" sales.) The group is encouraging a boycott of Federated stores through the Christmas season (a year-round boycott is optional).

Somebody’s going to wake up to a big lump of coal on Saturday morning.

—Posted by Aaron Baar