The other day I asked people on my Facebook page for advice on whether or not I should tell people when I include them in the Saint Laika prayers. Most people ignored my question and answered a question that I did not ask, "Should I ask people for permission before I pray for them?" One friend got particularly uptight about the fact that I prayed for people without asking their permission first that, even though I explained how I only ever used first names, never gave geographical locations and avoided going into details about the prayed for person's situation, she still unfriended me on the basis that I could not be trusted. I copied her unfriending message to the bottom of the thread and forgot about it. I now find that my unfriend has been badmouthing me across the internet ever since. This post is particularly creepy:
However, I can't really complain too much as it is the deliberate policy of both the Saint Laika website and Saint Laika Facebook page to be completely open access, which is a rule that also applies to my own Facebook page where all my posts are public. As in real parish work an internet priest is going to come across spiteful people who need to control everything (see my unfriend's list of rules for internet Christian communities). In the real world a minister may end up being knifed to death, it happens far too often. In the internet world the knife in the back is not physical or fatal, but it still hurts and, again, it happens far too often.