Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Perils of Hubris in Advertising

The dating site Christian Mingle has a rather interesting and straight-forward claim as to how their dating site works.




"God's Match for You" -- ugh.  Think about the implications of that as a slogan even under the best of circumstances?

 Which makes this both horrific and awkward.
Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, Calif., was charged last week with two counts of sexual assault and one count of residential burglary. He has pleaded not guilty and posted $500,000 bail, KSWB-TV, San Diego, said Monday. Now police are trying to determine if Banks had targeted other women using the dating website ChristianMingle.com. The alleged sexual assault happened last November in the woman's La Mesa, Calif., home. The victim only knew Banks though his online avatar, "Rarity." It took detectives months to track down Banks and identify him as the suspect. "This individual traveled around a lot," said La Mesa police Lt. Matt Nicholass. "And we are concerned that there are people obviously outside of La Mesa or potentially outside of San Diego County that could be a victim."

7 comments:

Mr. 618 said...

May not be much of a problem, you know. According to most of the far-right Christian lunatic fringe, a woman -- and especially her body -- are the property of whatever male happens to be closest (see, for instance, all the proposed laws defining fetuses as organs, vaginal probes, etc).

Not to mention the fact that the REAL Christians like Dobson, et al, say "if a woman claims rape, she was asking for it."

If I were defense counsel, that would be my approach: this is what the Christianist community believes, therefore, accepting a date through a Christianist website implies agreement with those professed beliefs."

Of course it's all bull, but a Christianist jury would probably buy the argument.

DanF said...

If I've learned anything from the Christian right it's that The lord works in mysterious, and horrific, ways.

P J said...

As god said somewhere in the bible: caveat emptor.

Xian Mingle should quote that somewhere in the fine print.

pansypoo said...

or god works in mysterious ways according to the talibornagain.

Montag said...

Will "it was God's will" be a fundamental plank in the defense?

Horace Bond said...

"If a woman claims rape, she was asking for it". Is that right? Geezz..

Anonymous said...

...and when you go to hell, god lights the match....