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Comment by James Cox on June 11, 2012 at 2:26am

Dear SteveInCo and Folks:

I normally accept the 'I will pray for you' as a minor gift with an unconnecting dope slap included.

Another one of my all time favorites, 'if you believe in god, your brain will work better!' This from the same older woman previously mentioned. This statement seems to have the underlying assertion that the speeker's mind works better that yours, because of their belief! This dear woman never showed the mandatory higher functions to validate the assertion, all her friends tended to these demands. After my last bad experience, our common friends started to rethink their relationship, with her. Sadly this might generate bad results for her. I did not debate her position on the general policy I have to 'try not to make sense out of non-sense', which I think is an important logic fallacy that is under appreciated.

SteveInCo's letter is very good, I might consider offering this as entertainment at my next Occupy Salem GA or leaving copies of it around religious coffee shops, someone stop we on the latter..LOL  

Comment by Brian Stewart on June 11, 2012 at 5:57am

When someone says to me "I'll pray for you", I say in response: ""Thank you, and I'll slaughter a goat for you." They usually never repeat the offer.

Comment by Sean O' Byrne on June 11, 2012 at 10:25am

One of my friends is a big fan of lighting candles for people who are sick. It's gotten ridiculous, people are now coming into where she works asking her to light candles for them! 

Comment by Gary Mueller on June 11, 2012 at 12:25pm

And I will be logical for you

Comment by Obfuskation on June 11, 2012 at 12:34pm

@ Unseen & Mabel -  It's not a beer reference, and the best reactions to it come from red-neck, evangelical males.

Comment by Reg The Fronkey Farmer on June 11, 2012 at 1:43pm

Pray for me? Ok but if it does not get answered I think you should move to the next level and start sacrificing goats.

Comment by SteveInCO on June 11, 2012 at 2:58pm

SteveInCo's letter is very good, I might consider offering this as entertainment at my next Occupy Salem GA or leaving copies of it around religious coffee shops, someone stop we on the latter..LOL 

I just ask that you put the URL for the blog in.  Glad you like it.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 11, 2012 at 6:23pm

@Peggy Kemp - RE: "provided, of course, that you have both a gun and a cat."

The only cat to which Unseen has access belongs to his friend, Schrodinger, and since it was in a box when he shot it, its condition is unknown.

Comment by archaeopteryx on June 11, 2012 at 6:28pm

"Two hands working can do more than a thousand, clasped in prayer."

Comment by James Cox on June 11, 2012 at 10:26pm

Dear Folks:

I have read a few accounts of people trying to test the 'effect of prayer'. Sadly they never publish the experimental design for pier review. The asserted 'positive ' result of prayer, might be interesting if the pesky details could be ironed out..;p).

In high school, for extra credit, I ran an experiment to see if I could 'measure' the effect of psychokenesis. I worked with the physics teacher and we designed a device that could measure, 'if' there was anything going on at all. I was able to find volunteers from a Science Fiction class, and instructed them to 'think' a pendilem to go in only one direction, from this I could determine the angle from vertical and then the rough total force. I have to say that while the experiment was an honest one, the volunteers were clearly not top notch. What does one do when your experimental subjects have some remarkable similarity to a herd of cats? I would sort of like to do this experiment again, but with people that believe this stuff. Of course I should grow a nice beard!

Several years ago I went to a 'channeling' with friends. They knew people that had a spiritualist church that did readings for folks. I sat in on the 'reading' and felt this horrible pesky 'WTF, get me out of here' feeling. Afterwards, I asked a funny question of my friends, 'if this channeler is contacting an actual entity somewhere that is consistant and minimal knowledgeable, then if we found two channelers that did not know each other that could contact the same entity, could we ask the same question of both to make some determination of consistency?' Their responce was 'James try not to take this stuff too seriously!' At this point it was clear that what ever intelligence I had was going to be spitting into the WIND! Of what use is all this wonderful cognitive skill when all I have is cahcah to with.

I have to say it has been fun, but I can stay home and find a nice quiet sanity with my puppies, garden, books, and small lab to putter in.

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