Carbon offsets allow carbon-producing companies and countries to offset their carbon dioxide production in a variety of ways, such as planting trees or investing in alternative energy initiatives.
The Kyoto protocol that most countries have signed uses the concept of carbon credits to allow developed countries and large companies to offload some of their carbon dioxide production to lesser-developed countries for a fee. The idea is that these offset fees will then be used by those less developed countries to buy or develop clean energy technologies.
Offsetting is cool. But carbon dioxide is not the only evil in this world. Why not use the offset concept for the betterment of all mankind?
I propose the simple concept of sin offsetting.
The idea is that one can sin all one want, and then offset that sin on the pious and pure for some nominal fee. This fee could then be used to help the pious and now slightly-less-pure commit to some sort of penance schedule to erase this offset sin and once again guarantee their place at the right hand of the lord, in bed with 72 virgins, or whatever eternal reward they feel is coming to them.
The general level of sin on planet earth is reduced, the unrighteous continue to get laid, drink, go about the daily business of living, etc. and the nouveau-riche righteous, afraid of slaying their golden goose, stop pontificating.