Religion in ads for products that have nothing to do with religion

I was driving in my car this morning, listening to the radio, when an ad came on for The Original Matress Factory (I think this is a local company, although it may be a national brand). In this ad, the owner and some woman (not sure who she is) recite a poem called "Take Time" (author is unknown). The poem goes as follows:


Take time to think...it is the source of power.
Take time to play...it is the secret of perpetual youth.
Take time to be friendly...it is the road to happiness.
Take time to pray...it is the greatest power on earth.
Take time to love and be loved...it is a God-given privilege.
Take time to laugh...it is the music of the soul.
Take time to work...it is the price of success.
Take time to do charity...it is the key to heaven.

Okay, first of all, he has just alienated 15-20% of his potential customers. Secondly, what does this have to do with mattresses? Granted, he has every right to do this, just as I have the right not to buy from him. I just find it annoying that he would invoke religion into something as mundane as selling mattresses.

By the way, whoever wrote that poem is a moron if they think prayer is the greatest power on earth.

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Like sex, religion sells. Think of a beer commercial for something awful like Coors Light. The guys drinking it are surrounded by hot girls. The lesson is: if you drink Coors Light (blechk!), hot chicks will love you and invite you for sex.

So I'm guessing it's the same with the mattress folks...If you buy their mattresses, god will love you and invite you to heaven....for sex.

Also, everyone knows the greatest power on Earth is money. The people who tell you it's prayer, just want your money.
I think it's more of that the mattress is supposed to be divine in nature, because you sleep so well in it :P You are completely right with alcohol commercials in general though, and I find it stupid people must use such cheap tactics to sell. In addition, they just alienate 50% of the potential customers since obviously women can drink and do drink beer as well.

Maybe it's just me and my extreme stance on equalism, but I do find these commercials rather sexist and upholding the quite sad stereotypical view of both man and woman.
Well, the matresses are so soft, you'll feel like you're sleeping next to god...oh wait, that's not necessarily a good thing...
I recently saw a television commercial about promoting renewable energy, and it featured some man with a southern drawl saying that fossil fuels are killing "God's green earth". I guess they're trying to get the "Joe Six-packs" to get with the green movement.
Was it T. Boone Pickens, who is pushing for the use of natural gas in cars (could it be because he owns natural gas production facilities)?
Haha, yeah I think it was him.
Yes to both.
In Niceville, FL. where I live, nearly a full 70% of the local businesses proudly sport that frikkin jesus fish in one way or another. To the more illiterate and downright uneducated areas, it's like moths to a flame. "Oh, look, you share my delusion, I'll go to you."

The amusing thing is that none of them reveal exactly what flavour of delusion they have, and the customers don't question it. Imagine a pentecostal buying from a baptist! The horror!
I agree. The problem with faith based business persons is one of insite into the motivations of their customers who are not high on god.
It shows how damaging the god consept is!
Cla
Barf. It makes me ill when people feel the need to cram religion into everything for no apparent reason. If they're hawking a Christian bookstore it's one thing but, as you said, when it's mattresses WTH is with that crappy poem?

They're not just potentially alienating non-believers with that garbage. Hardcore fundamentalists don't believe in "works" or charity as a means to heaven. To them faith alone is the key. Some might be turned off by that last line to the point that they avoid shopping for mattresses at that store. Of course the first verse, which advocates thinking, is another one they'd probably not like. Thinking leads to all sorts of dangerous things.... ;-)
At least u can turn the knob on the radio. Here all the gas stations and restaurants play christian music over the intercom. Not only does the music flat out suck. You have to listen to those lyrics "Oh i Love You, Love You Jesus! Your the best thing in the world!" makes me want to vomit.

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