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Who hears #PrayersForOklahoma?
May 21st, 2013
04:45 PM ET

Who hears #PrayersForOklahoma?

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - God may not notice the thousands of prayers tweeted for victims of Oklahoma’s devastating tornado - but Ricky Gervais sure has. And he is not pleased.

As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 75,000 people have used the hashtag #PrayForOklahoma, including pop starlets, pastors and politicians, according to Topsy.com, a trend-monitoring site.

For example, the White House tweeted,

But the hashtag and the sentiments it promotes prompted a fierce backlash on social media, led by Gervais, a British comedian, and other prominent nonbelievers.

And while one Oklahoma City pastor says he appreciates the Twitter prayers, some religious scholars say devout petitions require more than moving your hands across a keyboard.

"A prayer is supposed to have a consequence for you," said Elizabeth Drescher, a lecturer at Santa Clara University in California. "It's not an act of magic."

Gervais, an ardent foe of organized religion, was more caustic.

After MTV tweeted that pop stars Beyonce, Rihanna and Katy Perry are sending their prayers to Oklahoma, Gervais responded, “I feel like an idiot now … I only sent money.”

Gervais and other atheists also kick-started a counter-trend, using the hashtag #ActuallyDoSomethingForOklahoma.

“If all people are doing is praying, it is worthless,” Hemant Mehta, an Illinois math teacher who writes the blog “Friendly Atheist,” told CNN. “If they are praying and donating to the Red Cross, that’s more like it.”

Mehta is promoting a group called Foundation Beyond Belief that aims to provide a humanist response to crises like the Oklahoma tornado.

The prayer debate spilled into other social media sites as well, with commenters on CNN’s Facebook page sparring over God’s role in Monday’s destructive whirlwind.

According to Oklahoma officials, 24 people have died, many more are injured, and once-orderly streets look likes foretastes of the apocalypse.

In response to a woman who said she was praying for the victims, Facebook commenter Peter Tongue replied, “If prayer works, there wouldn’t be a disaster like this in the first place .... so please keep your religion to yourself.”

But believers had their say as well.

“God is still in control!” said Wilbur Dugger, a commenter on CNN’s Facebook page. “Everything (God) does is to get our attention. … My sympathy and prayers go out to those who get caught up in his demonstrations of (God) ruling the world.”

The social-media sparring over prayer and God’s will reflect a culture in which traditional notions of religion - and the places where people talk about faith - are changing faster than a Twitter feed, said Drescher, the Santa Clara lecturer.

“We’re watching people re-articulate what it means to be spiritual and religious,” she said.

Just a few years ago, for example, no one knew what a hashtag was. Now the “#PrayFor...” meme appears after almost every national and international tragedy.

But what exactly does it mean? Is the tweeting multitude really folding its hands in prayer, or is it a fleeting expression of existential angst? Or maybe just a trendy thing to say?

“It seems to express hope and anxiety, and maybe even helplessness,” Drescher said.

“At the same time, it evokes this strong response from people who see it as a cop-out, a way of claiming some kind of spiritual space that doesn’t actually have any meaning to the people who are posting the meme or the community they are addressing.”

Traditionally, prayer has required something of the pray-er: an orientation toward reverence, a readiness to act, Drescher continued. “You are meant to do something - and that something may not be an easy thing.”

Slapping a hashtag at the end of a tweet doesn’t meet that standard, the scholar said.

The Rev. David Johnson of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City said the prayerful tweets mean something to him - even if he’s been too busy to read them.

Since Monday, St. Andrew’s has become a Red Cross command post and reunion site for families to find loved ones caught in the tornado’s path. The tragedy has also touched the congregation itself, with homes, and some lives, lost on Tuesday, Johnson said.

Told of the Twitter prayers, Johnson said, “that’s awesome.”

“People feel helpless - like God called them to do something but they don’t know what. That’s where prayer comes in.”

Johnson said his church appreciates the many material donations coming its way: the generator sent by a lady from Arkansas, the food and water sent from neighboring towns. But they also solicit, and are happy to receive, the many prayers recited - or tweeted - on their behalf, he said.

“We’ve seen quite a lot of trauma in the last day,” Johnson said. “Obviously, people are going to ask why God allows tornadoes to happen. That’s just part of this world. God doesn’t promise us that bad things won’t happen, he promises to help us get through it. That’s what prayer helps us do.”

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  1. Nicole

    The complaint isn't that people are praying (although it is useless,) it's that all they're doing is praying.
    We (atheists) believe that actions are better than words, and that a better way to help is to actually do something productive rather then just pray.
    Also, why is it horrible for us to tell you to stop praying but it's okay for you to tell us to pray? We are horrible people for wanting to donate and actually help the people effected but somehow you're a wonderful person because you pray for them and then turn around and bash us because we don't believe the same thing as you do.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Leslie

      I don't have a problem with theists praying. But it does weird me out that they are praying to the exact same Dude that just bashed in their state. It seems like a pretty abusive relationship, and not a good model to be teaching children at all.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:25 am |
  2. moon monkey7

    its funny atheists say Christians don't do anything but for the last few centuries we have owned and run the most charities, missionary operations and global relief agencies(non governmental) around the world and continue to do so not only that but we have renown fame for it of course as humans we do bad things and God knows this he loves us anyway this was not an act of God if any of these atheist have read the Bible they would know this Jesus Christ preached love and forgiveness a known fact no one can disputed that look at the words in red in the New Testament and learn something "Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our afflictions distress by your faith" 1 Thessalonians 3:7

    May 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Christopher

      Relgion does actually participate in many things good for society. Religion also is connected to most wars and many many acts of general violence. It often also supports bigotry and hate.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Athy

      Holy shit, monkey. Have you ever heard of punctuation? You know, those funny little marks on the lower right-hand part of you keyboard.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Muh charity

      All you retards did such a shltty job at helping people that most of you agreed to provide government assistance when it was rubbed in your face back in the old days.
      Stupid much?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      it's easy to do when you are exempt from paying over 71 billion dollars + a year in taxes.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:56 pm |
  3. DNA

    The prayers are for YOU to help YOU feel better about having to live on a planet where bad stuff happens. If YOU want to help the people in Oklahoma, send money to the Red Cross.

    Message REDCROSS to 90999, thanks!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Athy

      Most sensible comment yet.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
  4. Tully

    2012 WIN-Gallup International poll showed that 5% of Americans considered themselves "convinced" atheists, Thank God, you puny Athiests are so low in numbers. So pipe down and climb back under the rock where you belong!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Christopher

      99% of the world used to think the world was flat and the sun revolved around the earth. Majority opinion is quite often wrong. Also I notice most of you believers get real aggresive when talking to or about Athiests. What are you so afraid of?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • Athy

      Tully, you could at least spell atheist right, and not capitalize it. Where did you go to school? Or did you?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • I am not alone

      300 million x .05 = 15 million people who think you suck.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • I am not alone

      15 million people who think you suck, think you suck.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • ..and for the good news;there is no Satan either !

      Do you believe Islam is the path to god?Why not?Do you consider this belief system to be untrue?See where I'm going with this...?Follow the crumbs...

      May 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • curbstomp

      I think you may be reading that poll wrong.

      And you're DEFINITELY using the information wrong.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      where's your proof of this 5% you talk about?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
  5. Walter

    Johnson said his church appreciates the many material donations coming its way: the generator sent by a lady from Arkansas, the food and water sent from neighboring towns. But they also solicit, and are happy to receive, the many prayers recited – or tweeted – on their behalf, he said.

    –We hear you and that is exactly what we will be doing in this hour of need.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • ..and for the good news;there is no Satan either !

      Pretty hard to run your fridge on a prayer.NO?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
  6. Science

    #https://www.facebook.com/RichardDawkinsFoundation/posts/10151583537145155

    From google

    May 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
  7. Christopher

    Why is it that whenver there is a brutal tragedy with massive destruction and painful horrifying loss of life the religous types ask us to pray for the victims? Where was this God you are praying to when all this was going on?

    Maybe there is no magic man in the sky and we are on this planet and nature is what it is.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Spoken

      The same place he was when his son died for you. God set natural laws in motion. this is nature. he didnt send a tornado through to kill people.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • are122

      Maybe some want to be robots, have everything perfectly controlled for them while they do everything they are told. They don't like freedom. Try North Korea for awhile. Everything in your life will be controlled and you might enjoy it.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
  8. JM

    People like Gervais are so unbelievably self-absorbed.

    Huge tragedy; they make it all about them.

    You don't care about God? Thy will be done. You're choice.

    The rest of us understand what it is to lose a loved one. We can't imagine losing everything but our hearts break for them and we pray that God will help them, that God will help all of us. In this world we will have trouble but God has overcome the world's sorrow.

    'One bright morning when this life is over, we'll all fly away.'

    May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Christopher

      You live in Fairy Tale land and you know it.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
    • JM

      We pray AND we give. The Bible teaches us that it is better to give than to receive; that we are to help those in need; that we are to love one another (and to show that love by our deeds).

      May 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • JM

      Why don't you tell that to the people who just lost a child, a loved one? I'm sure that will really comfort them.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • crossbreed

      Psalms 14-1 The Fool has said in his heart that there is no God..

      May 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • Chris

      It's so much easier to just pray isn't it? Instead of doing something that actually makes a difference. Religion in the US is such a cop out.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • JM

      It's simple.

      We give (money, time, etc.).

      And people like you assume that we don't.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      "People like Gervais are so unbelievably self-absorbed"

      ???? what do you think praying is? a very selfish act since it only makes you feel better. Go donate something like money or time.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  9. AtheistsMorons

    Here we go again. This place will be loaded with atheists morons in no time. All they can is go at those disaster areas and brag their proud atheist flag instead of going at those places and bringing help and supports to those who has been hit by a tornado.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • sybaris

      and you are here posting instead of there helping because?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Christopher

      I am an Atheist and I have donated a lot of money to relief funds in my life. I think you are being very judgmental without any real evidence. I know many Atheists that devote a large part of their life to help make this world a better place. Most Religous people I encounter seem to just want to judge others and tell them what they should be doing and thinking.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Aestro

      If you'd read the post, Gervais (while pompous) WAS telling people to actually HELP, not just pretend to care via social media.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Azzhole AM has a proven record of making anti-atheist claims that he can never back up with facts. Never! Best he can do is go off on some other tangent, hoping that we will forget his previous bullsh!t claims.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • Muh hatin

      Atheists vs Morons, and the atheists are winning every time. Clueless much?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Bull crap, you atheists don't give anything to anyone. I've seen you too many time bragging your stupid atheist flag at some disaster areas and you're doing just that. You even scream and call people names at those who are going there to help like i did many times. Not you, you do nothing and you have no proof to provide you claims. Name me one place you've been and you actually help. Make sure you have it right because every place you went people has seen you doing nothing else than just bragging your stupid flag.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Atheist flag? What atheist flag? I've never seen one. . .

      May 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Sure you don't HotAirAzz moron.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      You got me! I have never been to a natural disaster site. My bad.

      But I'm sure you can point us to independent reports of poor atheist behavior at the sites you have been to. Well, as sure as one can be given that you have never substantiated any of your claims. You're shaping up to be just a garden variety, mentally ill, delusional believer – not unexpectedly.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
  10. Walter

    Since the atheists don't believe in prayer , we'll "pray and pay" , you "prey on twitter & pay"!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Christopher

      We beliee in reality. You keep on with your silly fairy tales of a magic being in the sky.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Spoken

      you believe in reality? ha, you believe in the Beginning there was nothing, and nothing happened to nothing and because nothing happened to nothing Nothing exploded and Billions of Galaxy and stars and planets came from you got it nothing. Riiight, because that is scientific.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Walter

      We hear that praying is much more powerful than preying. The wiser ones choose to pray!

      May 21, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Chris

      So much easier to throw up your hands and say "then God said shazam" than to actually bother to work out what really happened isn't it. When a woman in Texas killed her seven kids my Christian friend said "demonic possession" and I said "postpartum depression". So do you really believe an evil daemon did it? Same question on the tornado, if God is running everything then this is his doing, or an evil spirit. Pray as much as you like, I hope it makes you happy, but it never does anything positive.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • ..and for the good news;there is no Satan either !

      Science does NOT claim to know the origin of life.Science tries to explain it the best it can.The bible,as written by ancient fools,claims to explain it all.It takes a special kind of gullibility to accept this little book of stories as fact.Special indeed.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:04 pm |
  11. Bill

    Like many, when I said my prayers for the tornado victims last night before going to bed the reported death toll was 51 with more than 20 children. When I awoke this morning it was downgraded to 24 and 9 children. I will keep praying for those who have suffered such terrible loss

    May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Athy

      Well, there's proof that prayer works! You saved a bunch of people in just one night.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Euan

      But it would have been downgraded whether you prayed or not.. your prayer had no effect on the facts. If 24 people died, 24 people died. It may have been misreported.. your prayer didn't save people, you moron.

      Ricky was advocating doing something worthwhile that can actually help someone.. such as sending money, as apposed to tweeting a "prayer" to make you feel good about yourself without actually doing anything.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
  12. Divdar

    People upset because religious people are acting the way THEY think they should. Trying to judge others on personal morals. Hasn't that that been a complaint from the atheists? And just giving money is a cope out. That's what people do when they really don't want to help, but don't want to feel guilty about it.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • Divdar

      Yes, I need to proof read better. Should be:
      People upset because religious people aren't acting the way THEY think they should.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheists are the cause of sorrows.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
  13. Brett

    As an Oklahoman, I pray. A lot of Oklahomans do. And it means a lot to think that others are praying for us. I don't know why it bothers you so much. For a group that preaches tolerance, you sure aren't. Please, listen to yourselves.

    I'm still praying. Always will. No witty comment will change that.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • Athy

      Once you become a biblebabbler, you'll be one forever.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Speck in ur eye

      And no matter how many times your God shows his displeasure at you using tornadoes, you continue to make him angry.
      So I guess it is your fault those children died. Good going, dumb-ass.
      Why do you refuse to understand that you are making your god angry?
      More will die because of your stupidity.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Spoken

      Athy why do you care about the "evolved primates" of Oklahoma according to your belief? ever heard of a primate in the zoon wondering if he should send help to the other primates in the wild? No. you going on a Free the primates from the zoo march? No. why? because you even recognize the difference

      May 21, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Spoken

      Spek in your eye, Im sorry you don't have an understanding of God, God did not cause a tornado to blow through and kill people in Oklahoma.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:38 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Atheists bring sorrow upon all and we all have to pay for their unbelief.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm |
    • Jason

      It's not about praying that bothers people. It's the people who do it that think they are making a difference, so it makes them feel better. Religion is a complicated thing, even to the most religious people. I am not a religious person myself, but the pastor I happen to know openly admits that he is continuously learning about Christianity and changes his opinions on individual matters on almost a daily basis.

      I'll quote a bible verse for you "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. – James 2:26"

      If praying makes the victims feel better, then so be it. But sending prayers via social media to people who will never read it and doing so without giving to them or working to help them is frivolous. In fact, many, like Gervais, view it as downright selfish and I can totally understand that.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Muh hatin

      So SATAN has the POWER to make a TORNADO KILL ANYONE. Okay....then why aren't you praying to SATAN to stop the tornadoes?
      Oh, your god ALLOWS EVIL because he is "good".
      Just like Catholic priests RA'PE CHILDREN because that's what "holy" people do with "grace" and "honor".
      You think your god is USING the TORNADO, yet did not make it happen?
      HOW RETARDED CAN YOU BE?
      Pretty damn retarded.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      pray that you will build more storm shelters will ya. they work more then praying.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm |
  14. bjrose57

    You know I find it interesting that people are objecting to prayer. True prayer is a part of a relationship with God. It's connecting with Him and I can tell you that even one person praying can move mountains.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Athy

      Give one example. I'd settle for just a little hill moved just a little bit.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • sybaris

      "I have a deep, personal relationship with Jesus Christ/God."

      Do you gag as much as I do at hearing this pious crap?
      I've known my sister for over 6 decades. Although I live in Tampa and she lives in Boise, so we only see each other every couple of years, I can tell you:
      • how tall she is
      • what color her eyes are
      • what color and how curly her hair is
      • the different kinds of prescription drugs she takes, and what for
      • which parts of her have been operated on
      • which colleges she attended
      • what jobs she's held
      • what cities she's lived in
      • what her hobbies are
      • the names and breeds of the various dogs and cats she's had thru the years
      • her favorite sports teams, and which one she has season tickets for
      • the TV programs she watches regularly
      • that it's her on the phone just from the sound of her voice
      • her att¡tude toward eating meat
      • whom she voted for in the last presidential election
      • what kind of medical care she wants in case of a terminal illness
      • her favorite color
      • and about 50 other things
      Now that's a personal relationship. Could any of you Bible-thumpers manage even half a dozen comparable answers about your "deep, personal friend" Jesus? And, even assuming your overwrought imagination could in fact gin up a few stabs at them, what are chances that they'd agree with any other equally deluded True Believer? OTOH, you could ask any of my sister's other good friends about the above characteristics, and they'd give you the exact same answers I would. That's because my sister, unlike your Jesus, is real — a 3-dimensional, flesh-and-blood, living, breathing, real-world human being, with a life, preferences, substance, and history.
      So, Mr. or Ms. True Believer, let's say you're walking across library mall one day, you see your good buddy Jesus in a crowd of folks ahead of you, and you holler "Hey, J, dude, wait up!". Would he?
      Let's not kid ourselves. This would never even happen because there's no way you'd be able to pick Jesus out of a crowd. Heck, you couldn't pick him out of a 1-person lineup. You wouldn't know him if he walked up to you on the street and handed you his business card. (In fact, it would tickle me pink to see your reaction if somebody actually did exactly that.)

      May 21, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • thefitfatty

      why is it, then, that not one single solitary mountain has EVER moved? No actual "miracle" has been proven. This is also the reason religious types don't pray for someone with a missing arm to spontaniously grow a limb. Deep down, you all know its just a bunch of baloney, but still like the idea that you have some magical pipeline to a supreme being that quite obviously doesn't exist.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Athy, a 2 mile wide tornado wasn't created by scientists.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm |
    • sybaris

      and the default answer isn't "goddidit".

      Actually it was cause by two air masses meeting that had a significant differential in ambient temperature.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Brooklyn Boy

      If you have a "relationship" with somebody who's been dead for 2,000 years, I don't think I want to know anything else about your social life!

      May 22, 2013 at 12:16 pm |
  15. sybaris

    Instead of praying to their god for a recovery they might ought to expend their energy praying that it doesn't send another tornado their way again.......oh wait.......if it was real or cared it wouldn't have done it the first time.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      That would mean nonbelievers would have to repent for their sinful ways and become believers and of course, sin no more.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
  16. EvinAR

    Isn't it obvious? @God does!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  17. Spoken

    Thank you, It's

    May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
  18. sybaris

    1 pair of hands actually doing something physical to help will do more than 1000 pairs clasped in prayer

    May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Spoken

      I guess my question is why do atheists even care? If these people are just evolved primates? I don't remember them in a fanatic uproar over the mass slaughter and body parts trade of the African gorillas, what about Primates in zoos, are you boycotting for their freedom? No because even you recognize there is a vast difference.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • sybaris

      Your ignorance about human evolution and the character of Atheists is disturbing.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Spoken

      Oh I have studied a lot about the "human evolution." I can tell you it holds about as much water as a strainer.
      It violates so many laws of science

      Law of Biogeneiss
      1st and 2nd law of thermodynamics

      you have to believe in Spontaneous Generation which if you took even high school biology one you know is impossible.

      now do you know what you are talking about or repeating what a man on a website told you?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Inga

      So true.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • sybaris

      Regurgitating junk science from CARM and The Creation Museum does not help your case.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
  19. Spoken

    I really enjoy how the "friendly atheist" can do nothing but bash other people thoughts and ideas.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      What can we expect from those who believe the lies of evolution.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • Spoken

      So opened minded, and friendly, its ironic almost.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Dippy

      It's, not its.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      They are all BAITERS. They don't understand the untrue truths of their LIES.

      Romans 12:14

      Amen.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • Dippy

      What's an "untrue truth"?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • sam

      Thoughts and ideas? Or judgments and self righteous scorn?

      May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • sybaris

      Yeah, we're kinda late to the party. We don't take 'em when they're 5 and send them through Vacation Brainwashing School.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • .

      HeavenSent, I've been watching your posts and you need to get right with GOD.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Tommy stalks, stalks, stalks. Then bullies.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Dippy, you posted "What's an "untrue truth"?"

      Question: if you don't know then why did you write it stealing my handle to post your babble. Tommie needs to come out of her closet.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      sybaris, you posted "Yeah, we're kinda late to the party. We don't take 'em when they're 5 and send them through Vacation Brainwashing School."

      Answer: compared to polluting your mind with tradition of men lies.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Brooklyn Boy

      Don't dumb ideas and delusions about imaginary friends deserve to be bashed?

      May 22, 2013 at 12:18 pm |
  20. Dan

    You can pray all you want but it is not going to change anything. Do something useful for these people instead.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:20 pm |
    • BIgD

      Amen, bro.

      May 21, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
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