The Body of Christ, Now Germ-Free
Wired reports on the brewing intellectual property war over hygienic churchware:
“A Minnesota marketer of communion-wafer dispensers is accusing its former president of patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. (.pdf) … The handheld devices allow the dispensing of wafers without being touched by anybody but those receiving them. What’s more, the portable devices, according to the lawsuit, ‘easily deliver communion to military personnel in combat situations and to people who are hospitalized, infirm or otherwise immobile.’”
Fit for “combat situations”? Battlefield-ready—I’ll take two. But alas, Nu-Life Products of Minnesota, while offering the latest in communion wafer dispenser “quad-rotator technology,” doesn’t have a website. However, their competitor, Purity Solutions, offers lovely models in gold and silver (see front page for a product demonstration video with white-haired church ladies). The cost? (If you have to ask…) The “buy now” button leads to a screen saying to contact the sales department. Haven’t heard back yet on my pricing query email (subject line: “Purity costs”).
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