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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ebay Bans Prayers

ABC News reported on Aug. 16 that on August 30, 2012, Ebay will no longer allow the following to be offered for sale:
advice; spells; curses; hexing; conjuring; magic; prayers; blessing services; magic potions; healing sessions...

Their reason?
Transactions in these categories often result in issues between the buyer and seller that are difficult to resolve. To help build confidence in the marketplace for both buyers and sellers, eBay is discontinuing these categories and including the items on the list of prohibited items.
In other words, buyers were disappointed in the results of their purchases and wanted their money back. Sellers refused.

Albrecht Dürer
This reminds me of the study done on the effects of intercessory prayer on heart patients. The study's conclusion was that "intercessory prayer itself had no effect on complication-free recovery from [coronary artery bypass graft surgery], but certainty of receiving intercessory prayer was associated with a higher incidence of complications."

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