Sunday, October 17, 2004

Churches Installing Cell Phone Jammers

Churches Installing Cell Phone Jammers...

"Those who bring cell phones to church are not committed to God," Escobedo said. "It's very distracting to be praying and suddenly hear birds chirping or techno music."

"There are still many people who don't understand that being at Mass is sharing a moment with God," said the Rev. Juan Jose Martinez, a spokesman for archdiocese. "Sadly, we had no other choice but to use these little gadgets."

Also installing jammers are universities, India's parliament, Tokyo theaters and commuter trains."

"In Italy, universities started using the blockers after discovering that cell phone-savvy teenagers were cheating on exams by sending text messages or taking pictures of tests."

"France's industry minister approved a decision to let cinemas, concert halls and theaters install them."

"Industry Canada, which regulates the country's telecommunications, decided against it, saying the devices could infringe on personal freedom and affect public safety."


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