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(Fwd) Re: Curse puts fear of God into thieving clerics

This morning I sent a 'must read' message about 'Curse puts fear of
God into thieving clerics' to the list. Below is a reply I received
off list about that message. Apparently someone was offended by that
message. It goes without saying that I never intended to offend
anybody. I just considered the 'Curse puts fear of God into thieving
clerics' message a humorous one interesting enough for the book
community to read. Since the reply to me was send off list I erased
the name of the sender in the forwarded message below.
Ton Cremers

------- Forwarded Message Follows -------
Date:          Fri, 03 Oct 1997 07:51:00
To:            securma@xxxxxxxxx
Subject:       Re: Curse puts fear of God into thieving clerics

At 07:09 AM 10/3/97 +0000, you wrote:
>A 'must read' for the internet book community!
>Ton Cremers
>Curse puts fear of God into thieving clerics

What exactly is the point of this posting, Mr. Cremers? I see no grins or
other indications that it is not meant seriously so I assume you intend it
as a real warning.
None of us likes a book thief, but is it appropriate to brand the
entire clergy--all of whom at one time or many times are customers of
religious book stores and without whom the religious book business
would suffer?  Is it reasonable to assume (as the headline above)
that all book thefts from religious book stores are by clergy? I have
no doubt that there are clergy who steal or have stolen books and I
do not defend clergy as saints but the implication of your "must
read" posting that clerics are more prone to stealing than other
people is offensive.
As a Presbyterian minister, must I now conceal my identity when I
enter a book store so as to avoid coming under immediate suspicion
from some book seller who has seen your diatribe?
--------end of forwarded message------------

I sincerely hope nobody else was offended. If so, please do accept my

Ton Cremers

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