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E-indulgences: Pay and pray

by Brad A. Greenberg

March 26, 2009 | 7:39 pm

“We live in an amazing, amazing world, and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots.“

Remember when the comedian Louis CK said that to Conan? Well, he wasn’t think of the pay-and-pray computer service, but I think we can lump it in:

Information Age Prayer is a site that charges you a monthly fee to say prayers for you. A typical charge is $4.95 per month to say three prayers specified by you each day.

“We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying,” the company states. “Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen.”

Prices, however, are dictated by the length of the prayer. As noted in the Information Age Prayer FAQ, “A discounted prayer will cost less than other prayers of similar length.”

I’ll admit that I don’t pray as regularly as I should. Most of the time I just forget to stop and talk to God. But somehow I think pay and pray misses the point.

Thanks for the link, Dennis.

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