I was Youtubing the other day and came across a recording of one of George Carlin's HBO specials in the 90's. Can't tell you which one, but here's a piece
"I say fine, fine, pray all you want...BUT, what about the divine plan? Remember that? Long time ago, God made a divine plan! Gave it a lot of good thought, thought it was a good plan, and then put it into practice. For billions and billions of years...the divine plan was doing just fine. Until YOU come along, and pray for something. Well suppose the thing you want ISN'T in God's divine plan!...What do you want him to do? Change his plan? Just for you?! Doesn't that sound a little arrogant? It's a divine plan! What's the use of being God, if every schmuck with a 2 dollar prayer came along and fucks up your plan?"
"Another thing, suppose your prayers aren't answered! What are you gonna say: Well, it's God's will....I say fine! If it's God's will then he's gonna do what he wants to do anyway, so why bother prayin' in the first place!!! "
I had a good laugh with that. But when I think about it, I it makes no sense. But I also know that it does have sense for a lot of people around me. So I asked myself, how often do these people actually pray? And I actually found some stats about it, from Statistics Canada and 1990:General Canadian Social Survey 2000: Survey of Giving, Volunteering, and participating ANALYSIS COURTESY OF FRANK JONES
. These statistics are public, and sorted by religion group.
As per this survey, Conservative protestants include orthodox and baptist...
Main churches include such as Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, Mormons....
->7% of Canada's atheists actually pray each day!
-->We could easily say that at least 1 out of 5 religious people, NEver pray