I had this really perverse idea that it would be wickedly entertaining to visit this site and arrange a meeting with that compatible person that Gawd has been "keeping" just for you. You get to know them and then after a couple dates start asking those leading religious questions that ultimately makes them develop a sense of uneasiness and uncomfortable awareness. The different avenues of approach are limitless. Of course I realize this could be properly regarded as unethical as hell and something only a despicable atheist would dream of. I would venture that it has already happened. But why would Gawd not warn the unknowing victim of their impending dupe? Huh?

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Comment by Andrew on December 8, 2012 at 3:34am

yeah sounds evil.

Comment by onyango makagutu on December 8, 2012 at 3:41am

gawd could be busy placing a bet with satan as he did with Job you know. i think she has a bad gambling habit

Comment by Ed on December 8, 2012 at 8:33am

@ a spears

It would definitely constitute deceit but it is a stretch to include fraud. Fraud as defined involves dishonesty calculated for advantage (property, services, money). There would necessarily be no legal injury to the person duped. I'm sure someone is going to throw 'mental anguish' out there as a potential cause for a civil lawsuit but that to is a stretch. In our litigious society I suppose it is reasonable to expect legal retaliation. As a condition of membership the site probably requires acceptance of an agreement that the member is providing factual information and is genuine in their intentions. They could call that their guardian angel clause.  :^ )

I don't think I could ever engage in such a sham but it is an interesting hypothetical situation. The same way I could never make a good used car salesman.

Of course if you were very adept at handling the situation you could possibly over a period of time feign the loss of your spirituality and use that as your cover. The dupe would probably still walk away though.

Comment by Obfuskation on December 8, 2012 at 9:48am

I don’t see the upside.  While this wouldn’t be a con, since nothing is being defrauded from the mark, it is definitely a game.  Any good game is going to exploit and expose a socially toxic behavior of the mark, like racism, homophobia, etc.  This doesn’t do that.

The mark for this idea is simply a random person who is active on a Christian dating site.  Therefore, all we know about the mark is that he/she is looking for companionship, and that they were indoctrinated into the faith, or converted in a time of crisis.  We have no way of knowing if the mark is a toxic zealot, or simply under the delusion as many atheists/agnostics once were.

The con for this idea is a person who is going to have to spend a degree of time making initial contact, engaging with the mark socially, and then eliciting response with the ‘uncomfortable questions’.  All of that effort will be expended for the predictable result that either the mark quietly finishing the encounter and then breaking contact, or that the mark will call bullshit on the behavior and walk off.

I don’t see the lulz.  I also see the con being viewed in a far more unfavorable light than the mark when all is said and done.

Comment by Obfuskation on December 8, 2012 at 10:19am

I will submit for your approval, a different game….

Let’s say you hear about a church group picketing at a Planned Parenthood location.  Get a pal to carry a video camera, and go down to talk with them.  Don’t harass or argue, just ask them what they’re doing, who they are, what church they’re with, and the reasons why they’re there.  If they ask why you are there, simply say that you’re a fledgling journalist, and you’re curious.

After all is done, spend a couple of months collecting donations for that Planned Parenthood location.  Get your pals to help.  After you get a nice tidy sum together, call a local television station that likes to run the local ‘feel good’ pieces, and publicly donate the money to the location.  When you do it, make the donation on behalf of the church or organization of the picketers, and on behalf of the individuals that you were able to get names of.  Have your pal video this as well.

Lastly, edit all of your video and post it on Youtube.  Send the links to whoever you’ve made contact with at the Planned Parenthood location, the marks (if possible), your pals, and whoever else you think would enjoy it.

Lulz had by all, well worth the time and effort, and put the focus for toxic behavior where it belongs.

Comment by Ed on December 8, 2012 at 10:35am

@ Obfuskation

You're absolutely correct there would be no upside. In reality it would be a shitty thing to do to someone and any retribution would be your just desserts. I believe in real life many people are disingenuous when entering relationships. The world is full of Good Time Charlie's. 

Comment by Ed on December 8, 2012 at 10:43am

This scenario got me to thinking about the number of current preachers and ministers here in the U.S. that are closet atheists. They dare not come out for fear of reprisal by church members. But the betrayal the church congregation would feel would be immense having realized they sat there Sunday after Sunday listening to someone living a lie.

Comment by Lewal on December 8, 2012 at 11:52am

I joined it because I've suspected that I'm attracted to Christian girls lately and I wanted to know why. One possible answer may be that on some deep level I want to... well, do what you're describing. I could spin it and say there's some nobility in it (showing them the beauty of reality or something), but it'd be a stretch.

Comment by Mabel on December 8, 2012 at 1:12pm

I hate their arrogant presumptive TV commercials. As if God sponsors their product.

Comment by Amy L. Cook on December 8, 2012 at 3:21pm

I will admit that this same, devious thought has crossed my mind a time or two. That it would be greatly amusing, I have no doubt, but in the end I always decide that it would just confirm, in the mind of the victim, how "evil" and "decieving" atheists are. We really need to show people that we are not a tool of some imaginary demon, and acting in a deceiving way just for our own amusment would not really portray that image. Not to mention that I would actually feel bad for the person that I am decieving. It takes a lot of pride-swallowing for some people to seek companionship online (or through any dating service for that matter), and the ones who don't  have to swallow any pride (or other any other shallow, ego-related emotion) are probably just desparately lonely. How soul-crushing would it be to find out the person you thought you were getting to know with the goal of a more meaningful relationship was just playing with you? No, it's too cruel, and I don't want to be seen in that light. In the end, I always end up seeing them as human beings instead of just religinuts and the urge to mass with them goes away. But part of me still thinks it would be really funny. LOL


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