It seems nobody is above opportunistic marketing to a germ-frightened population.
Clorox and Lysol clearly had a lot to gain from their products' germophobic appeal. From Google Adwords to cheesy commercials, they were right on it:
The biggest concern for consumers, though, is fake flu cures that promise miracles and yet often do more harm than good.
With that in mind, I was a little shocked to see the following ad on my bus yesterday:
(Sorry for the poor quality — I didn't want to use flash in a bus full of commuters. Click for larger versions.)
I understand that faith is a powerful thing, but is it really appropriate for a religious group to promise unscientific medical benefits from prayer? I don't want to sound bigoted, but I think a line has been crossed. IMHO, religious freedom shouldn't allow anyone to sucker the easily-influenced into giving up medical treatment in the name of faith, any more than a free market should allow snake oil salesmen to sell fake "cures" in mainstream ad venues.
I know I run a lot of ads on this blog that offend people. But now I've finally been offended. Good job, Christian Science!
What do you think?