As you might remember from a porch posting last week, I needed a new dishwasher. Well, it was installed last week, and it works great. Also, I filled out and mailed the warranty card.
However, there are several things/questions on the warranty card that I refused to answer. I consider those items as "none-of-their-business" since that information has absolutely nothing to do with registration of the equipment.
Some typical unanswered questions would include: marital status; number and age of persons in the household; education level; family income; occupation; home ownership; square footage of home; automobiles owned; and more.
Other unanswered interest/activity questions would include: specific credit cards held; catalog shopping; internet surfing; email address; vcr ownership; vacations; hobbies; BIBLE READING/STUDY; and more.
Answers to those types of questions are added to our growing personal data base so that marketers can target the individual with specific products and services. However, in this day and age there might be much more to it.
Note the "BIBLE READING/STUDY" question. To me it is a red flag, and likely more than a simple marketing question. Today as never before, Bible believing Christians are being identified and marginalized. Our Homeland Security Department has already labeled Bible believing Christians as terrorists and a threat to society. The world hates us for what we believe. Its relentless effort to stamp out the Name of Jesus from society is gaining momentum every day.
Is the "BIBLE READING/STUDY" question one more subtle way to identify and locate Bible believing Christians so they can be dealt with when the rubber meets the road? I believe that day is coming sooner rather than later.
By the way, I answered "yes" to that question. I am not ashamed or afraid to admit it.