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

For all interested parties.  I have a version of the same *curse* posted
in my medical history library.  The fact that the poster discovered it in
a religious book store does have significance, because the owner indicated
he had had problems with this issue with his patrons.  The issue is not
exclusive to the clergy, however and I have received very favorable
comments by many of our visitors as well as our patrons.
I regret that a member of the clergy took offense.  I enjoyed the post.

Jane Brown

On Fri, 3 Oct 1997, MSN wrote:

> 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
> apologies!
> Ton Cremers
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