"The difference between praying and wishing is that prayer, by definition, is the desire for the intercession or some other help of a deity. That deity either doesn't exist, or if S/He does, can't or won't get involved, and,…"
"The only thing I would add, is learn the rules of logic and empirical observation. Then, as you read The Bible or any other "Holy" Book, apply the rules of logic, empiricism and good ethics and see if it passes the "smell" test."
"Yeah, that would happen to my daughter over my cold, lifeless body. Make-up, make overs, make yourself look pretty so you could pretend to be like mommy or some other princess or a queen or whatever? Go for it... botox?!? And that toddlers in tiaras…"
"Living in the U.S., it's no different for someone in the same position. While, I don't face the (government instituted) death penalty for apostasy, revealing yourself as an atheist, humanist, rationalist, etc. (or even agnostic), you…"