Sunday, May 23, 2010

Go Away God

Sorry…

I meant to have a more upbeat post next, but this just really infuriated me and this blog is a safe place to vent.

 

We are not rich people and are living frugally while renting out our former home.  There are lots of people stuck with homes turned into rentals in this market.  In hopes to avoid a house payment, I logged onto Craigslist today to post an ad after our renters moved out.

I tried in vain to post an ad several times.  It kept returning a message of "posting blocked”.  Underneath showed several potential reasons for being blocked.  I assumed it was because the ad was too similar to other homes available for rent in the neighborhood.

I changed the wording and tried again and again.

BLOCKED.

 

And finally, after a sudden thought, I removed the last line of my ad and held my breath.

 

YOUR AD HAS BEEN POSTED.

 

And instead of celebrating, I felt like being sick.

 

The last line of my ad?

 

GOD BLESS

34 comments:

Allenspark Lodge said...

Umm...wow. Probably would have taken it if you has said "god d@mn".
Interesting times we live in. Troubling and sometimes sad, but interesting.
Bill

Melissa said...

I too...my heart sank when I read your last line. So sad...I wish you luck in this adventure of yours...and PRAY that your new renters will know God!

Mama Gayle said...

I almost didn't read the post because of the title....it scared me.
After reading, I totally understand your point, and I am saddened/upset by this as well. I never knew this happened on craigslist. It is appalling!!

By the way, I have been following for a while (1st comment), and I love your posts. It is nice how you include your hubs in your blog. And Itty Bitty is adorable:)

Shana said...

That makes me so sad. After all the stuff you can see for sale on there and they block God Bless. So not good. That just goes to show how awful this world has become.

singedwingangel said...

Ohh see I would have been filing a formal complaint with Craig's list. That right there is interfering with Freedsom of Speech which they have to abide by as an American based company.

Buckeroomama said...

That is sad. I'm with singedwingangel. It's just not right.

I hope you find renters soon.

Pam D said...

Hmmm. Off to poke around about freedom of speech on a site like that. It really baffles me... if they do that in order to "not offend someone", don't they realize that they just... well... offended someone? Why are Christians less than a "someone"? And yet, we're nowhere close to the kind of persecution that Paul faced. Girl, you're making my head spin...

Pam D said...

OK, so after poking around, it would appear that the Nigerian scammers have struck again. There has been a big rash of scam rental ads over the past year, both as the landlord and as the potential tenant (we have listed some rentals on Craigslist and have received some of the scam replies). Apparently a lot of the ads have included "God bless you", "Be blessed", etc. and that is now being listed as a key item to look for in scams. So I don't think it's so much that the Craigslist folks are devil-worshippers as it is that the stupid scammers are trying to hide behind religion as they try to rip you off. pffffft. They may find themselves a little "extra crispy" for that... just sayin'.

City girl turned Country Girl said...

WOW really?! And people wonder why our country is going to crap!! Well I will say it LOUD & Proud! GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY RACH!!

Foursons said...

I'm glad Pam D looked into the problem. I hope you find some good renters and all of this mess is behind you.

Tina said...

Are you kidding me?!? I cannot believe this, kind of makes me want to block Craigslist. . .

Kmama said...

Wow. That is just crazy. What has this world come to?

Kelly said...

Several years ago my mom's mini yorkie was killed. When I started looking for a new puppy for them I ran into scammers - they were "preachers" from over seas or they were missionaries headed over seas and needed new homes for the dogs. They use the God Bless, Praying for you, and all to make them more appealing. Who would bless you then rip you off right?

It makes me sick - but it is true, the scammers use that to make you trust them! I agree with Pam, extra crispy!

Dana-from chaos to Grace said...

That BITES!! Yes, I hope they get the "extra crispy" side of hell....

Is that mean?

LOL

Michelle Pixie said...

What have the done with our freedom of speech?

I do hope you get some good renters out of the whole thing.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That makes me so sad-and feel like my hands are tied...Why can't you say that?
I just don't get it!

Following HIM said...

Would have infuriated me too! Seriously...we need a little MORE God in this word today!
~Elyse

robin said...

That's incredible....ugh! I am upset about this as well!

S Club Mama said...

that's ridiculous! and so sad but on craigslist, I'm not surprised.

Trish said...

I guess giving out blessings on Craigslist would put a cramp on their prostitution/escort postings!

All I can say to that is WOW!

Big Mama Cass said...

Being someone who doesn't believe in God, or not believing in the kind of God you believe in, I think I have a good outside perspective on this.

THAT IS CRAP! This is AMERICA! You should able to say "God Bless" or "All Hail Buddha" or "Praise Ala" (no idea how to spell that sorry) but SERIOUSLY! This country was founded on religious freedom! And it baffles the crap outta me that everyone is spending so much time and energy trying to squash that! Like the whole not being able to say "Merry Christmas" or whatever. Makes me crazy!! If I was in another country and everywhere there celebrated another holiday like (brain isn't working right now) like, lets just say Buddha day. And everyone hung banners and said to me "Have a Merry Buddha Day!" I would say "oh thanks" or "oh thanks but I celebrate Christmas" or whatever. I wouldn't say "YOU JERK YOU ARE TRYING TO RUIN MY RELIGION AND SHOVE YOURS DOWN MY THROAT!!"

Sorry I babble... but you see what I'm saying. I just really don't get it. If someone says to me, God Bless in an email, I think "aww how sweet" not anything bad. I SOOOO don't get people!

He & Me + 3 said...

Are you kidding me? That is absurd. Now I am a little sick too. What is this world coming too?
If we are sick and upset I can only imagine how He feels.
Not much longer.

Tiffany said...

grr...

Beth said...

Oh wow .... that saddens and sickens me even if it doesn't quite surprise me.

Father forgive them. They don't know what they are doing!

and

Even so ... COME, Lord Jesus!

TheRixonFive said...

Oh my. This is a sad time for all of us, for sure. Thank you for posting that. I will be boycotting Craigslist from now on.

K- floortime lite mama said...

oh man
How frustrating
God bless you though

Kameron said...

That is terrible. I have seen horrible things posted on there and that's what they block???

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

I am shaking my head. I can't believe that. That is SO not right. I'm going to look at the site and see if an email can be sent to the administrator or something. That's ridiculous.

Good luck with finding new renters. Fingers crossed for you!

Killlashandra said...

Oh that's sad. Sad your renters moved out and you have to find new ones and sad that an organization is censoring like that when it shouldn't matter. I agree with others here that's just ridiculous.

Life With the Crazies said...

Wow... I never would have guessed those were the "banned" words! America is a strange place sometimes.

So glad you found my blog! Yes a small world, sometimes! I hope you win too ;)

BK said...

Ok that is sick... When I read your title I was thinking ok this may be a time I have to stand up for what I believe in... But nope, I agree with you 100%!!!

GOD BLESS!!!

BK said...

@Big Mama Cass:

FINALLY! I completely agree with you. I am a Christian and I am so glad to see someone with an "outside perspective" agreeing that it's NOT a religious problem but a freedom problem. Thank you so much and... God bless :)

Crystal @ Semi-Crunchy Mama said...

Wow...that's just...sad.

With all the twisted things that can --and are -- posted on Craiglist, they block "God Bless"?!?

I don't even know what to say.

HeatherOz said...

Good grief! That is too bad!

I am so sorry I haven't been around this week! I am trying to catch up tonight!