This is just wrong
April 4, 2003 6:45 PM   Subscribe

Yet another reason for me to be ashamed at times to identify with other "Christians." Apparently some Bible study website has purchased the domain blogpsot.com so that people misspelling the address of any blogspot blog will go to the site. That's just great. These people have stooped to the level of pornographers. Check it out for yourself, using these URL's of some blogspot blogs.

http://grandparoland.blogpsot.com
http://shleepybex.blogpsot.com
http://unit64.blogpsot.com
posted by brendoman (28 comments total)
 
Why do I have to be ashamed of Christians because of the action of a handful of people, if not just one, who "stoops to the level of pronographers." Christians = some Bible study website = These people? You have a pretty poor understanding of the scope of Christianity.
posted by rschram at 6:54 PM on April 4, 2003


You have a pretty poor understanding of the scope of Christianity.

Well said. It doesn't take much, it seems.

Besides, who actually types URLs? You cut. You paste. Life goes on.
posted by hama7 at 7:14 PM on April 4, 2003


it sure looks like a porn site.
posted by donkeyschlong at 7:38 PM on April 4, 2003


It crashed Mozilla, for me.
posted by litlnemo at 7:41 PM on April 4, 2003


even I'll admit this is a dumb post, and I go to college!
posted by mcsweetie at 7:47 PM on April 4, 2003


Nice. Two or three ad windows popped up and one of them was for "bigger erections!" Porn site indeed.

You have a pretty poor understanding of the scope of Christianity

I didn't take that as an attack on Christians, rather I thought he was suggesting people like this make real Christians look bad. What with putting Christian in quotation marks and all. *shrug*
posted by bargle at 7:49 PM on April 4, 2003


"THE SOON COMING CLIMAX"

Sounds like porn to me.
posted by homunculus at 7:54 PM on April 4, 2003


Yeah, its in quotation marks for a reason. Most likely criticizing those acting in an arguably unchristian manner (think deception) for the sake of Christianity and evangelism.

Relax, no one is taking your cross away.

Yes, the nutjobs make all religious people look bad. Afterall, they can be seen as what happens when you truly live by scripture and follow the morals and teachings of outdated ancient societies, their myths, buy their assumptions etc.

The modern religious person seems more to be a follower of scientific cosmology with a slight disclaimer about the morality/teachings of INSERT-CULT-LEADER-HERE (Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, etc) here or a disclaimer about creation myths.

Afterall, religion purports to be the unquestionale TRUTH. Seems to me the wacky fanatics take this much more seriously than the fair-weather religious. Personally, I don't know why the non-fanatics don't just finally embrace atheism or agnosticism. Perhaps theres much truth to the argument that religion exploits the lack of meaning in life and the fear of one's own death.
posted by skallas at 8:03 PM on April 4, 2003


The site is a lie. It claims to cover all bibles, but lacks the The Peacock's "1¾The New MAGNIFIED Version of the Scriptures".

Get your set here

Interesting stuff he's done with rocks however.
posted by rough ashlar at 8:13 PM on April 4, 2003


This is the internet equivalent of the guys who take Chick tracts and stick them inside library books. I never let them define Christianity for me, though. Overreact much, brendoman?
posted by dhartung at 8:31 PM on April 4, 2003


[this is bad]

Real users DO still type out URLs, and they often make typos. A common one is surely "blogspot/blogpsot"; I've done it myself. Used to, though, if I did it (or if someone else did it, looking for my or someone elses site) the result would be innocuous; now, I or they get the bible thumpers PLUS the pop-up hells.

Maybe the post could have been phrased or presented better, but it is a concern, I'd say.
posted by yhbc at 9:00 PM on April 4, 2003


sorry, it just bugged me. I am a Christian. I just think it's kind of bad to have to resort to taking a URL and changing it to trick people into coming to your site. It's things like this that make Christians look stupid. Blogspot is a very popular service and people mistype URL's all the time, and these guys are getting traffic to their site because of it.
posted by brendoman at 9:09 PM on April 4, 2003


Typo-squating. The latest flavor cybersquating.
posted by anathema at 9:09 PM on April 4, 2003


Or. Typosquatting. The latest flavor of cybersquatting. sheesh.
posted by anathema at 9:12 PM on April 4, 2003


Using deceit to introduce people to the word of god. How novel.
posted by moonbiter at 12:07 AM on April 5, 2003


Gawd, you're right! This is JUST as bad as tying bombs to followers and sendng them into kill innocents. Disney lied to us all!
posted by HTuttle at 12:25 AM on April 5, 2003


Metafilter- Relax, no one is taking your cross away.
posted by internook at 1:13 AM on April 5, 2003


But hey, never mind the content.
It's RollOver-Transition-SlideShow enhanced.
Yea baby... Or, in this case... Oh my God...
posted by psychomedia at 2:19 AM on April 5, 2003


I don't see this as deceit. If they have the money to pour into a really horrendous website, what's wrong with that? Sounds like good ol' opportunism to me.
posted by TheFarSeid at 3:05 AM on April 5, 2003


brendoman - I'm continually more and more ashamed to call myself a christian, because of things such as these. I agree with what appears to be your concern. Quite frustrating indeed.
posted by woil at 3:16 AM on April 5, 2003


Hey, I was trying to get to blogspot.com, but I accidentally typed blogpsot.com, and I got sent to this Christian site! I hate all Christians now, for deceiving me!

(BTW, were there popups? I use Mozilla, and I can't be arsed, as our English brethren say, to switch over to IE to see them.)
posted by RylandDotNet at 5:40 AM on April 5, 2003


I thought the popup saying "be sure to bookmark this site now!" was particularly sleezy; otherwise, after all, the visitor might type the URL right next time.

But this flavor of religous zealot probably thinks that as long as the end is spreading the Gospel, any and all means are justified. That's one of the things that makes them scary. (Even C.S.Lewis held something along the lines of "the stuff in the Bible doesn't have to be strictly speaking true, as long as it wins converts"; there's a good example in The Problem of Pain, as I vaguely recall.)
posted by davidchess at 8:00 AM on April 5, 2003


Thanks for the link. The guestbook is a laugh riot...

"It´s so interest your web page, only i put fulzero.com in the mail, but I never believed that your page appeared, so is was a milagro, because, I waned to sing a song in Karaoke and appears your page, it´s excellent."

"ur s interesting! kep 8 up... "

"I found it accidently, and Oh How Happy I am that I found you. ... I thank you for being a part of my Growing Relationship in Jesus Christ. Heaven Bound, Mercedes, p.s. see you in Heaven! "

"Jesus love us and he will come agains, we will prepare to Him, don't be affraid be cause He will save You, be strong and take courage, and GOD BLESS U "

"God Bless you! In my journey to finding and understanding GOD, this site came to me! "

Yep, definately porn.
posted by BlueWolf at 8:48 AM on April 5, 2003


"It's things like this that make Christians look stupid."

Believe me, this is the least of your worries.
posted by 2sheets at 9:04 AM on April 5, 2003


what to do about crooked christianity? hmm...the first person that finds the answer gets to be rich.
posted by mcsweetie at 9:26 AM on April 5, 2003


Neat link, anthema. Any sober-minded legal journal with articles like "Domains Reregistered for Distribution of Unrelated Content: A Case Study of Tina's Free Live Webcam" has GOTTA be my kind of law school.
posted by Vidiot at 10:59 AM on April 5, 2003


Speaking of porn-- would www.xxxchurch.com (the "#1 Christian Porn Site") also be a disingenuous website name and/or a "crooked" website? It's safe for work, as far as I can tell.
posted by tragedy_and_comedy at 9:30 PM on April 5, 2003


i don't think xxxchurch.com is crooked. They're not using deceitful techniques to get people there really. But yeah, the guestbook on blogpsot.com is hilarious. Sorry about the popups, I use Phoenix so I didn't know there were any.
posted by brendoman at 12:47 AM on April 7, 2003


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