Article: Computerized synthethic prayers - for a price

LiveScience News notes Information Age Prayer - a site that charges you a monthly fee to say prayers for you. A typical charge is $4.95 per month to say three prayers specified by you each day.

"We use state of the art text to speech synthesizers to voice each prayer at a volume and speed equivalent to typical person praying," the company states. "Each prayer is voiced individually, with the name of the subscriber displayed on screen."

Prices, however, are dictated by the length of the prayer. As noted in the Information Age Prayer FAQ, "A discounted prayer will cost less than other prayers of similar length."

The Yahoo article also mentions other literary precedents: such as Robert Silverberg's Robot Pope, Roger Zelazny's prayer automat, and of course, Douglas Adam's Electric Monk from Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency:

"The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder... Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe."