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THEIST_WATCH Msg : 63 Written : 08/05/94 06:19pm From : ROBIN MURRAY-O'HAIR Status : To : ALL Subj : Selling Blessings Capitalism and religion have some to Russia. For a fee, you can have anything blessed there by a priest of the Russian Orthodox Church. Casinos, bars, apartments, cars, businesses -- all of these can be blessed for a small fee. Though some priests stick to spinkling mineral water on the blessed item, others go whole hog with holy water *and* incense. The fee to have your car blessed? The going rate is 30,000-50,000 rubles. In American bucks, that's just $15-25 for the official blessing of one of god's representatives. *********************************************************************** * * * American Atheists website: http://www.atheists.org * * PO Box 140195 FTP: ftp://ftp.atheists.org * * Austin, TX 78714-0195 * * Voice: (512) 458-1244 Dial-THE-ATHEIST: * * FAX: (512) 467-9525 (512) 458-5731 * * * * Atheist Viewpoint TV: avtv@atheists.org * * Info on American Atheists: info@atheists.org, * * & American Atheist Press include your name and mailing address * * AANEWS -Free subscription: aanews-request@listserv.atheists.org * * and put "info aanews" in message body * * * * This text may be freely downloaded, reprinted, and/other * * otherwise redistributed, provided appropriate point of * * origin credit is given to American Atheists. * * * ***********************************************************************

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