Internet Goosing the Antithesis

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Question of the Day #9: "You're In My Prayers"

Should we be bothered or offended by people who say that they'll pray for us?

Please discuss in comments.

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At 11/12/2005 1:54 AM, Blogger Martin Wagner declaimed...

No, because what they do on their own time doesn't bother me. But sometimes, if I'm in a playful mood, I'll say, "Hey, why not just give me $100?"

At 11/12/2005 3:04 AM, Blogger Francois Tremblay declaimed...

I would feel rather uncomfortable to be involved in someone else's fantasy life. It would be like someone telling me that I'm in their masturbation fantasies. On the one hand, cool, but on the other hand, ewwww.

The only difference between prayer and masturbation is that prayer is pretty useless.

At 11/12/2005 7:15 AM, Blogger Niels declaimed...

If they mean it symbolically, then that's fine. If they think it's actually going to make a difference, then it's weird; and dealing with these people would be bothersome in general. I don't think I'd feel offendend, and I'm not sure if theists can offend me besides disgust me.

At 11/12/2005 8:39 AM, Blogger Zachary Moore declaimed...

On the one hand, it really doesn't affect my life at all.

On the other hand, it's the equivalent of saying, "The only way I can be bothered to help you is by asking my imaginary friend."

Just a tad bit insulting, but not so much to really drive me nuts.

At 11/12/2005 8:50 AM, Blogger mathyoo declaimed...

i find it a tad insulting as well, especially since I know that they're not really going to pray for me-they're just paying lip service to their imaginary friend.

I do appreciate the kind thought behind it, but I wish people would realize just how empty those words sound.

At 11/12/2005 11:37 AM, Blogger hashishan prophet declaimed...

Fear not, o thou fool Tremblay: Thou wert never in my diving prayers.

And verily, verily, thou wert never in the masturbation fantasies of any created being.

(Rejoice, atheists! This hated prayer beast of "jesus christ" is overthrown at my command!")

At 11/12/2005 2:46 PM, Blogger Atheist Bill declaimed...

Having been unemployed for a while and being a fairly active member of a couple of internet forums, I get messages at least once every couple of weeks that someone is going to pray for me that things improve for me and I always find it weird and uncomfortable, especially when the person doesn't know me that well and doesn't know I'm an Atheist.

For one thing, although I do run these forums, it is after all a silly forum and these people don't actually know me. Don't they have something better to pray about than the employment of a guy of a guy they don't even know? I mean... like starving homeless children or something... If these people really wanted to help me out they'd give my name to any companies they know of that deal in desktop publishing. It'd take less time and be a whole lot more effective.

I guess I really just feel bad that these people are wasting their time over me.

At 11/14/2005 3:28 AM, Blogger UberKuh declaimed...

Yes, and it is only natural to feel insulted when someone tries to impose their metaphysical beliefs, whether religious or philosophical or whatever, onto you. It is especially insulting when that person presents this imposition as if it should not be a problem or as if s/he is unaware that a problem might arise.



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