CNN says not everybody wants thoughts and prayers after a disaster, according to a study of hurricane survivors.
Since thoughts are not efficacious and atheists regard prayer as an exercise in futility, what could possibly be the objection?
Not everybody wants thoughts and prayers after a disaster, according to a study of hurricane survivors https://t.co/8K554cvT9q
— CNN Religion (@CNNbelief) September 17, 2019
Many atheists and agnostics have a negative reaction to prayers said for them, CNN reported Monday, so Christians should probably keep them to themselves to avoid offending others.
Citing a recent study, CNN said that “some atheists and agnostics would pay money” to avoid having prayers sent their way after suffering a natural disaster such as a hurricane.
Sending thoughts and prayers in the wake of disasters is “controversial,” said Linda Thunström, an economist at the University of Wyoming who co-authored the study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The study, based on interaction with some 400 residents in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence’s destruction in 2018, said that atheists and agnostics are “prayer averse” — willing to pay to avoid receiving prayers — and are especially against receiving thoughts and prayers “from Christians.”
Nonreligious people “were willing to pay about $1.66 to avoid a prayer from a priest and more than double that price at $3.54 to avoid one from a Christian stranger,” CNN stated.
“The last result is surprising because one might expect that atheists/agnostics would be indifferent to people praying for them — why care, if you don’t believe in the gesture?” said Thunström. More
How the heck did they arrive at the dollar amount?
— MontanaSkies🇺🇸⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@MarianDClough) September 17, 2019
It is unfortunate for atheists and others to be annoyed by a complement of being prayed for. If a nonbeliever in prayer to Almighty God takes offense, then the phrase, I pray for you, must have some underlying reality for them. Otherwise, wouldn’t they just slough it off as harmless and well-intentioned?
What a bunch of triggered cry babies. You can see how this mindset desires control over other people.
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Breitbart: CNN Proposes You Keep Your ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Yourself.
Our thoughts and prayers are just about the only thing keeping the Communists/Democrats from destroying America!
I say keep it up!
— Alexandra Eytchison (@AlexandraEytch1) September 17, 2019