By Curwen Ares Rolinson –
Something I am finding rather amusing of late, is the ongoing string of evangelical Christian ads showing up in my Facebook side-pane. It started with the “gay conversion” one, and perhaps upon realizing that neither idea was applicable to me, has since moved on to an ever-escalating series of efforts to attempt to get me to ‘patch over’ to some kind of Christian denomination.
This is curious. I mean, let me put it bluntly. I am a religious fundamentalist zealot. A pretty … impressive array of my postings and messages here on Facebook are to do with the religious (and accompanying/corresponding) ethno-cultural matters to do with same. I post almost compulsively [for such it is – a ‘compulsion’, a divinely mandated Imperative] about the mythology, mythography, theology, and even occasionally the downright *hagiography* associated with all of this, in a surprisingly cromulent argot of English and at least two millennia-old ecclesiastical languages [plus #NASCant] day-in and day-out.
Although mostly at night time. “REAL PIOUS HOURS !! WHO TF UP ??”
To be sure, and as I may have mentioned a few times, I come from a line of Christian clergy. My father is the Rev. Rolinson, his father before him, so on and so forth … so it’s not as if I am in any way *opposed* to the religion in question.
In point of fact, I have long advocated for something relatively akin to Aleksandr Dugin’s ‘Alliance’ proposal [wherein, in the context of the post-Fall Soviet Union .. er ,Eurasia, he came to the realization that the Orthodox, the ‘Old Guard’ Communists, the Russian Islam, and others, all had far more in common *with each other* in terms of shared values and vision for society than any of them did with the advancing – and, more aptly stated, *encroaching* West ; and should start more actively working together as a ‘counterweight’ as a result] , and regularly find myself in discussions of theology, metaphysics, and history with people from the Abrahamic spectrum(s).
There is nothing wrong with this – although upon occasion, it does seem a little surprising to me how … questionably immersed some are in the ‘architecture’ [whether of belief or simple structuring of affairs and the ‘temporal matters’ side of things] of the religions they claim adherence to or were brought up in.
But I cannot quite work out what it is that has lead to this ‘targeting’ of ads by FB’s not-quite-omniscient algorithims.
Perhaps the persons and organizations funding these campaigns [and it appears , on the surface of it, that there may be a number of nominal ones in operation – I haven’t done the appropriate due diligence to see if it all links back to a much *smaller* circle of actual operators, so to speak] , have sought to set them so as to ‘target’ people of non-Christian religion [that is to say, those who *have* a religion, which is not Christianity] for proselytization.
And certainly, I suppose I can understand the intrinsic logic of utilzing not just the Newsfeed, but the sidebar alongside in pursuit of spreading “THE GOOD NEWS”.
Or maybe, somehow, Facebook has misread my settings and concluded that I am some sort of secular, agnostic, or even ‘atheistic’ person, and is going from there in presenting me as a “tabula rasa” to be projected upon and ‘drawn’ [out, on, and/or quartered] [er .. humours, eh? ] in pursuit of that ever-importent Advertorial Dollar.
Still, perhaps this is my fault.
I distinctly remember posting a status about being a little disappointed that the only religious door-knockers I’d had living here … was David Seymour. That was back in 2014. Since when, of course, we’ve had any number of … “interesting experiences” in that regard
I shall continue to ‘watch and wait’ with regard to these adverts.
Perhaps maybe one day we might get appropriately Indo-European [or, at least, ‘shared values’-based] ones.
Curwen Ares Rolinson has endured almost a decade’s worth of experience at the highest levels of New Zealand Politics; serving as a prominent public face of left-nationalism in his home country before making the transition to political journalism and work in the PR field. His writing has been published in a wide array of outlets – ranging from his award-winning “Sex, Drugs & Electoral Rolls” magazine column, as well as the Official Gazette of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and of course the radically dangerous Fort Russ News.