Some poor soul out there got out his digital crayon and scrawled this pathetic prayer chain email to spam all his friends with. It’s got all the usual “Yay USA! Screw France!” stuff, with some other nonsense about the ACLU. And, of course, people spammed others with it, unwilling to “break the chain.” Sigh. Too bad they didn’t realize that this one’s a hoax and nobody can prove its claims. Tee hee!
Hoax or not, I’ve seen dozens of others like it. I’m not as offended by the shmaltzy content as much as the chain letter aspect. The idea that “breaking the chain” will result in a bad outcome is one of the oldest and stupidest junk-mail hoaxes ever, and it’s even more moronic in email form. It’s like those things you were handed by some kid in high school: “Pass this around! Don’t break the chain or you’ll end up like Mrs. Pitlick of Dillhole, KY who ignored this letter and was killed in her own bed during a freak accident involving a blimp and some monkeys.”
Feh. This kind of patrio-religious dildonics reminds me of how Chuck Palahniuk referred to prayer chains in one of his books: “A spiritual pyramid scheme. As if you can gang up on God. Bully him around.”