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Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is among the people listed on the website for prayer 'adoption.'
February 25th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

'Adopt a terrorist for prayer,' site urges

By Katie Glaeser, CNN

Could you pray for people who planned bombings, carried out shootings and terrorized civilians? A movement in the U.S. is asking Christians to do just that.

At atfp.org, Christians are asked to “adopt a terrorist for prayer.” A quote from the Bible on the site urges visitors to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

"Where is the Christian response to terrorism?" the site says. "If the struggle against violence done in the name of Islam is primarily spiritual, then defeating it requires a spiritual response."

Adopt a Terrorist For Prayer (ATFP) spokesman Thomas Bruce tells CNN the site's main goals are to teach people how to pray for their enemies and to spiritually reform the terrorists.

The site was launched in 2008, with the interactive adoption feature being added in 2009. Bruce says 603 people have registered to prayerfully adopt a terrorist.

While the idea of praying for your foes isn’t new, Bruce says his team created the site in hopes of transforming the war against terrorists.

“We’ve been fighting this for about 10 years with material means, and it hasn’t really changed the nature of it,” Bruce says. “By bringing spiritual perspective to it, and as the Lord answers some of those prayers, it could and should hopefully have a profound change on the viciousness of the conflict we’re in.”

The ATFP site lists 165 people available for “adoption,” most of whom are designated by the FBI and State Department as terrorists or sponsors of terrorism. Just sign up, scroll through the list and choose which individual you’d like to pledge to transform through prayer. CNN could not verify the authenticity of all the names listed on the ATFP site.

Some terrorists have more sponsors than others. Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been adopted by 13 people, while Detroit underwear bombing suspect Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab has just eight. All of the people listed have ties to Islam.

We ask Bruce why that’s the case. He says while he’s considered adding Christian or even eco terrorists to the list, they “aren’t a big threat to national security, our way of life, or our freedom. We should pray for them too, but the movement doesn’t threaten existentially our existence the same way the Islamic terrorists do.”

Bruce has been intimately involved in the conflicts of the past decade. While he was toying with the idea of the site a few years ago, he was called up as a U.S. military reservist. His passions collided when he was sent to northern Iraq to work for one year as a chaplain.

“It’s really important to service personnel to do their service for their country without dehumanizing the people who are trying to hurt their country,” Bruce says. The perspective Jesus brings, he says, can help soldiers deal with the enemy with dignity and treat them as fellow human beings.

And that’s the thought that carries over to his work with ATFP. “Even once someone is captured, they might not be a threat nationally any longer but they still have value to God, and we’d still like to see them changed,” he says.

But ATFP has its critics. Some people say terrorists don’t deserve their prayers, and others just mock the idea.

“I think the ridicule comes from people who don’t believe that spiritual things are valid, and prayer is a valid way to address problems,” Bruce says of critics.

The former military chaplain says he would like to see groups in other nations start similar initiatives, but that for now he just hopes this movement spreads throughout the United States.

“It’s not just the terrorists who are in bondage to an evil system. Christians can be in bondage to an evil system, too," he says. "Part of the struggle is to be liberated from that evil system, and that’s what we believe Jesus Christ helps us to do.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: 9/11 • Belief • Christianity • Terrorism • Violence

soundoff (688 Responses)
  1. Jill

    Argue back and forth, say and believe what you want, but the point of the article was about how those who do believe in a God are trying help in their own way.

    There is no need to attack another person's beliefs as long as it doesn't cause harm to themselves or others. Who cares if you pray or not, it's about doing what you feel can help contribute. Attacking someone because of their beliefs in religion or science only causes more frustration and fighting. Whatever happened to tolerance and respect? Again, as long as what you are doing isn't harmful to you or anyone else, you should be free to believe and do what you want.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:14 am |
    • james

      you seem to normal to be in here. the rest of these sarcasm mongers are kinda weird.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • Aaron

      Now that's a logical response. Thanks Jill.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  2. Matthew

    Anyone who says that 'terrorists don't deserve prayers' certainly doesn't embrace Christianity. Not saying they are wrong for harboring resentment against the evil of terrorism, but if you call yourself a Christian, and not everyone does, but if you call yourself a Christian you can't deny that Christ told you to do just that!

    February 25, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Aaron

      Amen Mathew. We need to do all we can. If you're not a soldier on the battle field, then do what you can. All of us can pray if they are Christians. For those who are not... hopefully they'll do whatever THEY can to help.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:44 am |
  3. LouAZ

    How about using this "prayer" energy to feed starving children, and let the rest of the world take care of Osama bin Laden. ?

    February 25, 2011 at 11:12 am |
    • Saulgood

      How many starving children do you feed?

      February 25, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Trish

      Indeed, how many starving children do YOU feed, LouAZ? For the record...my family helps 2 so far, and we want to do more.
      [
      I guess you've never heard of Christians feeding starving children and empowering their communities via:

      World Vision (www.worldvision.com)
      Compassion International (http://www.compassion.com/)
      And myriad other Christian organizations...and Christ followers doing it of their own volition.

      Your comments are thoughtless and reactionary...think before you post. And...if you think there are not enough people feeding starving children...check out these websites and start making a difference.

      In the meantime...I WILL continue praying...for ANY who wish to do harm (Christian abortion clinic bombers included).

      February 25, 2011 at 11:22 am |
    • CosmicC

      @Trish, sorry, but I won't give to a charity that is based on some religious belief. There are plenty that do feed the hungry with just the intent to save their lives. Adding in the goal of saving their souls is wrong. I donate plenty of money and time to help feed those in need without asking that they subscribe to my beliefs.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Pierre

      @Trish

      I've always thought those Christian organizations feeding starving children were selfish in a way. It's a good act, but the reasoning behind it is selfishness (credit to get into heaven). The same can be said for basically anything people do. It always comes down to selfishness. We really shouldn't try to change other's beliefs because there are no inherently right beliefs. For example, I am more okay with what Martin Luther King Jr. did than what Hitler did. However, that's only because MLK's actions are more in line with my personal moral code than Hitler's, not because MLK's actions were inherently right and Hitler's inherently wrong. Same goes for terrorists. This is why I wouldn't try to change them.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Mark

    Laugh at a christian for fun.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:09 am |
    • james

      do you feel superior to believers? judging by your post, I'd imagine so. in any case, it would be magnanimous of you to just leave believers alone. i find it kind of silly that you're laughing for no reason.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:15 am |
  5. Saulgood

    Why is it such a big deal to pray? It doesn't hurt anyone that is for sure. What are all of you doing that is so constructive in the war against terror, other than bashing people kind enough to take their time do do what they think works? Whether you believe in it or not, I see nothing wrong with it. If it offends you, than don't do it. But what is the point of attacking people that want to pray for someone?

    February 25, 2011 at 11:09 am |
  6. Manuel

    oh wow,,, this is pure comedy, enough of the religious lunatics expecting miracles.

    did making get to the moon by praying ?, have the advances in the medical field happened becuase of doctors praying ?

    I sure hope mankind evolves from this notion that believing in any religion is the way to solve our problems,,, I dont think it is, it just keeps deviving us more and more.

    I think this world could be better off with more atheist who actually do something instead of "praying for it".

    If there is a god i sure expect him to be smart enough and love me for the good im actually doing every day and not expect me to "pray" and do nothing to help people like most religious fanatics

    February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • james

      for a few years, I held the same belief you've expresses: that churches breed passivity in the name of prayer and outside these temples of inaction, misery went unaussaged.
      I've since evolved to a modified way of thinking. I believe that prayer is effective, just rarely in the short term. I also recognize the necessity of action over passivity. In short, don't pray instead of do, pray and do and keep praying and keep doing and don't quit.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  7. hehehe

    Why did we not think of this before. I am sure it will work. Ok now get rid of the HomeLand security and the airport scanners and get our troops back. We are safe now, these morons are praying and the non existent God will listen to them.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • armahnii

      may God forgive you.,

      February 26, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  8. Ruth

    Why not "pray" for them? They are poor brainwashed people. Pray that they get some sense.

    Is there a God? Who knows, but it can't hurt.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am |
  9. Jane Doe

    What is wrong with praying for someone?

    February 25, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Tyler Durden

      It's praying for someone to change. They want to pray for people just because they kill and destroy. Who is to say that we are right and they are wrong?

      In the Bible, it tells for you to take the enemies child and dash their heads into the rocks.

      Don't be ignorant.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • james

      i
      like

      February 25, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Saulgood

      Matthew 5:44
      "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you"

      Luke 6:27-28
      "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you."

      Luke 6:35
      "But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back"

      February 25, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • geauxLSUtigers

      @ Tyler – Where, please back it up with a verse! PLEASE!

      February 25, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • avdin

      Tyler is partially right. God told the Israelites to destroy ALL the inhabitants of the land and not to intermarry with them. Numbers 33:51-56 outlines this. However, the Israelites disobeyed in Joshua 9 and throughout the rest of scripture we see them intermarrying. King solomon's downfall was his froeign wives who did not believe in YHWH. what was the result of Israel's disobedience? Look back at the Numbers 33 passage and then compare it to Israel's history from then until now.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:21 pm |
    • Adam

      He's actually referring to Psalm 137. It was composed after the exile when the Israelites marched to Babylon. Their infants and children could not keep up so the Babylonian captors killed them. It is a psalm that expresses what they were feeling at the time. It does not call for anyone to kill children but simply expresses their desire for revenge. Expressing an emotion is fine, but the idea that God wants anyone to kill children does not match up with the entirety of the biblical message.

      I believe prayer works but I respect other views on the subject. We do ask God to work in our enemies hearts. I can see why anyone who does not believe in God would doubt such an idea. The world is a sad and messed up place. But it's clinging to the hope of change, for Christians that change comes from God's spirit working in the world and in the hearts of humans, that will not allow us to be swept away by that worldly corruption. I am just expressing what I and at least some other Christians believe. I know this is not everyone's belief and I respect what others think.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
    • Frogist

      @Adam: That psalm can be interpreted as an endorsement of child slaughter as well as just a reactive feeling not to be acted upon. I think we need to start recognizing the duality of the Bible and all our holy books precisely because they can be interpreted in violent ways. I would have much preferred an acknowledgment of both interpretations as possible, but in application, only one is acceptable.

      February 25, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  10. Jim

    Pray for adopted terrorists? Really? Maybe they should pray for us? What kind of assumption that your religion is right and theirs is wrong... Maybe we should stop passing judgement, and concentrate on our own sins. That's what Jesus taught. He didn't teach to slug others in the face, he taught to turn the other cheek. It's a lesson these so-called Christians should learn.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:06 am |
  11. Bubba

    Can I adopt a terrorist AND a pig at the same time? I could fatten them both up for slaughter.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  12. God

    Please just stop fighting or you go to the time-out chair.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  13. sadie

    This is a great idea. I will have to check this site out. All things are possible through prayer, faith and love.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am |
  14. Tyler Durden

    Oh wow... The amount of total and complete ignorance here is STAGGERING. I can't believe you people.

    Praying isn't going to do a thing. Sure, I am an Atheist, but i'm at least trying to approach this with common sense. Praying will only make the people praying feel better. God wont come down here and make them apologize. We're treating grown people like neglected dogs or children. They are grown men and women fighting for what they believe. They are making their own choices and decisions based on whatever logic they feel is correct.

    We have no place in trying to change people and how they are.

    We can do nothing for these people, it is up to THEM to change their ways. Not us. But even then, my statement is ignorant.

    Just leave them alone.

    February 25, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • CosmicC

      I'm right their with you on the Atheism, but I won't stand in a believers path of prayer. Clearly it won't directly affect the terrorists they are praying for, but if they are engaged in sincere introspective meditation, they may become enlightened and realize it is wrong to impose their beliefs on others. Stopping the attempts to convert everyone won't sway the terrorists, but might sway the moderates that back them in response to someone from the mid-west visiting the mid-east in an attempt to convert everyone who doesn't share their beliefs.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  15. Aaron

    This is a great addition to the war against terrorism. Prayer is powerful. People need to remember that "love your enemies" does not mean "like your enemies". That's two different things. And also, to love someone is to simply want what's best for someone. And who wouldn't you want these terrorists to change their ways and come to know the Truth of God's ways and live it out. That would stamp out terrorism! God bless and pray for peace! And work for peace!!

    February 25, 2011 at 11:01 am |
    • Tyler Durden

      Praying will not change their ways.

      It is up to them to change their ways.

      If "God" didn't want them to be that way, then he wouldn't have made them that way, and if he loved his children so much, then he would protect them from the "Devil's" evil ways.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:03 am |
    • Peggy Munro

      I agree with you totally.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:05 am |
    • CosmicC

      See, that's the problem with "truth". They already know the truth of God's way. At least their version of it. You can't impose your truth upon them.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • LEB

      And the terrorists have Allah on their side, so what is praying going to do?

      The solution to terrorism is ACTION, not sitting on your knees talking to your hands. Most of the young men and women who become terrorists are poor and have had trouble finding work, so they are lured in by desperation and brainwashed. When people are educated and have decent employment prospects with which to support their families, they are far less likely to want to die in stupid ways. Islamic societies need to be encouraged to evolve, and citizens of these countries need to stand up and demand their rights as human beings. Western countries can influence this change, but we can't do it for them.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Bob Howard

      You do realize that Muslims are praying every day for us to see the light and turn to God, right? Just as sincerely as you Christians? When will you all find Cthulhu?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  16. Steve-O

    I pray that they all get their 72 virgins............ and that the 72 virgins are all fat guys

    February 25, 2011 at 10:59 am |
  17. Steve the real one

    Sad to say but some of the stuff I am reading looks like a tryout for head writer at Comedy Central or SNL! Christians keep praying! It does work, no matter what those who do not even believe in our God say about prayer, keep praying! Without faith,it is IMPOSSIBLE to please Him, much less expect to get a prayer answered! Keep praying and yes even for those who oppose us! Jesus himself prayed as our example because He knows the power!

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 am |
    • gabethegreat

      This isn't the first source that suggested Christians to pray for terrorists: http://xtremeministries.com/2010/09/08/xtreme-blog-42-twin-towers-911/

      February 25, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • Chipp

      HA HA! Prayer doesn't work!
      Go ahead and pray for something, fool. After you die you'll be in the same boat as the rest of us.
      Why not pray for something easy? Because even that doesn't work.
      Don't you know the difference between what is real and what is not? Of course not. You're a delusional idiot who can't help being delusional thanks to the indoctrination you received growing up.
      If you had been raised by muslims, you would be muslim. You can't change the fact that you are only a christian because you were indoctrinated by christians.
      You had no choice. You are a victim of child abuse. I would pray for you, but there is no one to pray to. Sorry.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:25 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Amen Steve, Amen.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Steve the real one

      @Chipp

      HA HA! Prayer doesn't work! Go ahead and pray for something, fool. After you die you'll be in the same boat as the rest of us. Why not pray for something easy? Because even that doesn't work. Don't you know the difference between what is real and what is not? Of course not. You're a delusional idiot who can't help being delusional thanks to the indoctrination you received growing up. If you had been raised by muslims, you would be muslim. You can't change the fact that you are only a christian because you were indoctrinated by christians. You had no choice. You are a victim of child abuse. I would pray for you, but there is no one to pray to. Sorry.
      -----
      HA! HA! Prayer works! When you want to have a grown up conversation, let me know! Obviously with your name calling rants, you are proving not ready! Sorry!

      February 25, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • avdin

      dear chipp,
      if i toss a coin in the air it will either land heads or tails. If heads is "there is no God" and tails is "there is a God" which should you pick?
      If you choose heads then when you die, if you were right, there will be nothing. Not just not punishment and no rewards, but nothing. If you were wrong and there is a God tough luck.
      If you choose tails then when you die you have at least some chance in having a reward. If you were wrong there will again be nothing.
      According to logic, statistics and rationality the only choice you should make is tails? But I will leave that choice up to you.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:04 pm |
    • Bubba

      "HA! HA! Prayer works! " Are you kidding? You mean it makes you feel better inside, right? Get back to me when you change some water into wine, St Stephen. You must be stoned again.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Bubba
      "HA! HA! Prayer works! " Are you kidding? You mean it makes you feel better inside, right? Get back to me when you change some water into wine, St Stephen. You must be stoned again.
      ------
      Saint Stephen? I like that. In fact, all of God's people are His saints as He has declared! As for turning water into winel! Why would I ever pray for that?:
      1. Jesus did it to honor His mother and to prove He was not a mere man!
      2. How would me changing water into wine bring honor to God?
      3. I wasn't kidding about prayer working
      4. I meant what I wrote!

      February 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Bubba

      So when your prayer was answered, there were witnesses? Water turned to wine, dead people came back? The sea parted? Or was it just a tingly feeling inside? What exactly do you mean when you say "prayer works?" Jimmy Swaggart got Jesus to fix his car by praying. Pat Robertson can pick up a Volkswagen. What can you do? Turn food into ****?

      February 25, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Pierre

      @avdin

      That argument doesn't work. In Christianity one has to actually believe in God to go to heaven. If God exists and is all knowing, he would know you only believe in him because you thought it was the safer choice. Needless to say, you might die and find out one other other thousands of religions was actually the right one.

      February 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Steve the real one

      Bubba
      So when your prayer was answered, there were witnesses? Water turned to wine, dead people came back? The sea parted? Or was it just a tingly feeling inside? What exactly do you mean when you say "prayer works?" Jimmy Swaggart got Jesus to fix his car by praying. Pat Robertson can pick up a Volkswagen. What can you do? Turn food into ****?
      --------
      Bubba, It appears to me you are not looking for God but rather a cheap circus act. If that is the case, go to the circus!
      When my prayers are answered Me and the Holy Spirit are the witnesses! There are other times when yes God answers the prayers of His people very publically so that folks will turn to him and give HIM the honor, glory, and praise! What do I mean by prayer works? First you have to understand what pray is. There are more than one type of prayer. There is the prayer of thanksgiving. There is praise! Thanking him for who He is , what He has done and what He will do. There is the prayer of supplication. Which is praying for a need! Overall, prayer is just talking to God! The key to successful and answered prayer is asking according to His will and in faith! It is His will that those who do not know Him do! Thus the article we are responding to!

      February 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Wishin' andn Hopin'

      Steve the real one,

      Overall, prayer is just talking to oneself.

      If it helps you to focus, to be serene and to make better decisions, fine, but there is no-one else there.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
    • Steve (the real one)

      Wishin' andn Hopin'
      Steve the real one,
      Overall, prayer is just talking to oneself. If it helps you to focus, to be serene and to make better decisions, fine, but there is no-one else there.
      ---------
      In one word...WRONG!

      February 25, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • Greg

      @Advin,

      Your comment is a derivation of "Pascal's Wager". The only problem is, your coin would have to have 1000s of sides. Think about how many "gods" you would have to believe in "just in case". You are assuming the question is either "no god or your god?", when in fact it is "no god or which god?" If you really want to talk about the law of probabilities, it is MOST probable there is NO god. I suggest Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" or any Carl Sagan book if you want to get into the specifics of that conclusion...

      February 25, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  18. Amanda

    I just have to say: LOL.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:57 am |
  19. astuartgirl

    Has anyone spoken to God lately? Has he said who his enemies are? Did you get it writing?

    February 25, 2011 at 10:56 am |
    • Peggy Munro

      Yes!Yes! and I did not ask for it in writing but I think your name might be on the list.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:04 am |
    • astuartgirl

      Really? Cool ... so he knows my name? Oh, I have goose bumps ... oh wait no ... I am just cold ... :-/

      February 25, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Nonimus

      Wow, Peggy. You're saying God spoke to you directly and he identified astuartgirl as His enemy. That's a pretty big claim. You sure you aren't violating multiple commandments?
      False witness
      Using God's name in vain (vanity? but that's vane isn't it.)
      Coveting the ability to hear God.
      etc.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • HeavenSent

      astuartgirl, when Christians say that God spoke to them it means they read His letter He wrote to all of us (the Bible).

      So, the question isn't whether God speaks to those that follow Him (Christians), the question should be has He spoken to you yet?

      Amen.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Pat

      As I recall didn't Bush claim to get direct orders from god?

      February 25, 2011 at 11:26 am |
    • Bubba

      Last time I talked to God, He was drunk and went on and on about Charlie Sheen. I hung up first.

      February 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm |
    • Bob

      Persecuting God will get you no where. You are where you are in life because of him. You think nature produced you body. I beg to differ and before you belittle me just know that one day your time will come that you will be judged for what you have said and done. Every action you have taken every word you have spoken will be judged. As Christians we know that we cannot change your minds and make you believe in God, the one TRUE God that sent his son to die for our sins, but we can pray for you. So please let the insults fly, my God will take care of that. Your words do not affect me.

      February 25, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
    • LE

      yes, Bob. SHE'S the one belittling right now.

      oh wait....

      February 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  20. Sally

    Prayer does not work. It will not have the slightest effect on these evildoers. Do they believe Osama is going to come running out of his cave with his arms wide-open and apologize for 9/11?

    This will only serve the purpose of making those who are doing the praying feel self-superior. Oh, wait, they already do.

    The only way to "reform" these "people" is to kill them.

    February 25, 2011 at 10:48 am |
    • MATT

      so praying for someone = you feel superior to them, but saying that they need to be killed doesn't?

      February 25, 2011 at 10:54 am |
    • patrick

      I pray that I can stick my Benelli shotgun up their asses. Old Testament God works much more effectively btw.

      February 25, 2011 at 11:06 am |
    • Riiiiiiight

      Instead of praying for the enemy, perhaps you pray for the man and women fighting (litereally) to keep them in their terrorist supporting nations fighting our military...so they do not come to our country, profit off our education system, then turn around and commit terrorist acts on our soil. It is very easy to love your enemy when you have never seen them or felt their effects (primarily because they are busy fighting us on their soil). Maybe, you do a little more than just pray for our soldiers...perhaps send them a box of food or join a relief effort, or elect someone who won't slash military budget when the entire middle east is in turmoil. Pray for your enemy? What a cop out...

      February 25, 2011 at 11:16 am |
    • locdvegan

      ...adopting Sally who appears to need a LOT of prayer...it does work hun but i wont waste my breath trying to prove/show otherwise...

      February 25, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Something

      (sorry, comment flew to the end of the thread)

      locdvegan,

      "...adopting Sally who appears to need a LOT of prayer...it does work hun but i wont waste my breath trying to prove/show otherwise..."

      You only prove Sally's point here. Calling someone, "hun" is dismissive and belittling. Your self-righteous att.itude is quite offensive. Good that you decided to save your breath because you cannot "prove/show otherwise".

      I'll wish upon a star that you get a grip... and I'll bet that if we could gather enough people to partake in a study on that silly, superst.itious endeavor, the results would show identical effectiveness to prayer.

      February 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm |
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