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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.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • United States

soundoff (3,515 Responses)
  1. lol??

    The courts will tell you what the gubmint lets God do.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • Science

      Red Rover............something NEW............lol??.............pound sand OK !

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEowVBEQl88

      https://www.zotero.org/colleengreene/items/XW3H99PB

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/05/when-christians-become-a-hated-minority/

      May 22, 2013 at 3:42 am |
    • Science

      Please donate $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ to the storm victims !......thanks lol??

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

      May 22, 2013 at 3:47 am |
  2. God Thoughts

    It must be fun to be a bunny!
    Lookin’ wide awake when you’re really fast asleep;
    Lookin’ fast asleep when you’re hearing every peep!
    It must be fun to be a bunny!
    Floppin’ on yer side or sleepin’ on your tummy;
    Waiting for a berry or carrot or a leaf;
    Rushing to the yummy and showing yer sharp teeth!
    Purring and relaxed now, washed and dried;
    Wanna try to find me? Bunny sure can hide!
    Pet me here and pet me there and I will lick your face!
    It must be fun to be a bunny in a world that is safe.

    May 22, 2013 at 12:57 am |
    • .

      Hello Apple. I like your bunny poetry.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:08 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Everybody loves bunnies!

      May 22, 2013 at 1:10 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      Not my wife

      May 22, 2013 at 1:13 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Really Cheese? Hasn't she ever read Watership Down?

      May 22, 2013 at 1:17 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      I don't know but "bunny" was her nick name for my ex-girlfriend....lol

      May 22, 2013 at 1:21 am |
    • Apple Bush

      I see....lol

      May 22, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • Blessed are the Cheesemakers

      AppIe, is that poem from the book?

      May 22, 2013 at 1:28 am |
    • lol??

      No wonder Hugh Huffffner is a dirty ol' man.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:31 am |
    • Apple Bush

      No Cheese, I wrote that poem about our bunny Daisy. She is really cute.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:39 am |
  3. tornado in the womb

    How many prayed or sent money for the others that died today? How about tomorrow?

    May 22, 2013 at 12:54 am |
    • .

      Tornadoes in the hoo-hoo = ouch

      May 22, 2013 at 1:09 am |
    • Helpful Dude

      Isn't Oklahoma one of those states that think all states should be separate and not help each other? I can help them with that.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:49 am |
    • Master Po

      Why not require everyone to pay a tax and have the government take that money and use it with the resources of a government behind it?
      Hey, am I good or what? I already paid taxes. I already sent money to help all Americans and not just a bunch of bigots in OK.

      May 22, 2013 at 2:10 am |
  4. pickle

    Being able to pray to God, is a wonderful gift from him. It all is for that matter.

    May 22, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Or not.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • AntiChris

      As an atheist, I do agree that sitting silently every day, and thinking about what you are happy about, the things you wish were different, and what you are regretful about, is a very healthy thing.

      Where we would differ though is I know I am just talking to myself.

      Cheers

      May 22, 2013 at 12:43 am |
    • GOD

      Yes, pickle, it was a gift from me! People pray to me, and I hear them. And then, I laugh! A great big Godly laugh. I find human prayers hilarious! Please help my football team win. Are you frikkin' serious????? Praying to me about football?

      And praying to me AFTER my tornado? Hellooo???? Try praying to me before I send tornados. Better yet, build better storm cellars.

      Maybe I should send another flood. You people have really turned into idiots.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:11 am |
  5. AntiChris

    Ask Hawking what science can tell us about what happened before the big bang. He says nothing. That is only one instance of science not claiming to have all the answers. I'll give you though, science has explained most things, including religion (the god gene)

    May 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Perhaps each generation of "God" gives way to it's children who take over dominion.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm |
    • AntiChris

      I've also heard that god is everyone and everything. This was in an attempt to force me to believe in god. I would counter with, why not just call it everyone and everything? Isn't that easier?

      May 21, 2013 at 11:59 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Call it what you wish. Just words for that which cannot be defined by a human being.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:01 am |
    • Colin

      God is in m y wallet if you define him as a credit card.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:05 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Hello Colin, perhaps I can borrow God?

      May 22, 2013 at 12:07 am |
    • Colin

      AB – its more like the antichrist. 666

      May 22, 2013 at 12:11 am |
    • Master Po

      The wages of delusion are crazy.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:15 am |
    • AntiChris

      Interestingly enough for any atheist intellectuals out there, some folks point to the god gene as proof that there IS a god. The old chestnut "he gave us the gene to believe" rather than we developed this gene over generations as a unity builder and fear safety strategy.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:25 am |
    • Master Po

      There is no "god gene", just a lack of cognitive ability. This is why you can't fix stupid.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • AntiChris

      Once again

      No valid points = name calling = I win

      May 22, 2013 at 12:37 am |
    • Master Po

      Did you think I was calling you stupid? Paranoid much?
      Try reading my posts again.
      I'm saying there's no need for a specific genetic expression when simple lack of a healthy cognitive function is enough to do the trick.
      Erratic function is not always going to be due to genetics.
      Having a loop of causality that is self-reinforcing / circular is not a "gene" but hyperbole.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:55 am |
    • AntiChris

      http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_gene

      Oh I see, apparently I'm a bit too ready for argument. VMAT2 is the gene, although those darn scientists are very skeptical as to whether it is actually the "god gene"

      But as for me I just gotta have faith that it is. Nah just messin.....

      May 22, 2013 at 1:10 am |
    • Master Po

      Oh you! 😀

      May 22, 2013 at 2:28 am |
  6. Apple Bush

    Praying was never meant to be an external manifestation of God's intervention. It is simply a mantra to help one find their center. Mindfulness. The Bible, like the I Ching, teaches us about life's ambiguity. It is less of an oracle and more of a guru.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
    • Austin

      Jesus is risen

      His name is the word of God.

      New International Version (©2011)
      He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.

      John 1
      King James Version (KJV)
      1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

      2 The same was in the beginning with God.

      3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

      4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

      The bible stands alone as Gods
      Word supernaturally.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Austin, you are quite incorrect. First (and last perhaps) is your logic. If something exists, it is natural. Therefore, nothing real is "super" natural. Not possible.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • Austin

      No apple, although I see your point and agree, God is indeed able to non human natural realm, spiritual realm, distribute and show power in spiritual ways, which is not a physical realm. Supernatural revelation or spiritual ways of communicating, like prophetic abilities, or sovereign abilities, such as Joseph and Moses being in charge of
      Egypt, that is a non natural ability that only God displays and controls.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:00 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Austin, you are claiming that these things happened in this real world. If that is the case, then they are natural and can be replicated. If not, then they did not happen in this real world. Your argument is childish.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • Austin

      Can you replicate God? God is supernaturally superior to everything.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:06 am |
    • Colin

      Austin. Your god is replicated all the time. Every culture makes up a god or gods who are superhamnly strong, loving, knowing powerful etc. A non-exhaustive list of gods that various human societies have believed in at one time or another includes Azura Mazda, Angus, Belenos, Brigid, Dana, Lugh, Dagda, Epona, Allah Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Atehna, Demeter, Dionysus, Eris, Eos, Gaia, God, Hades, Hekate, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes, Hestia, Pan, Poseidon, Selene, Uranus, Zeus, Mathilde, Elves, Eostre, Frigg, Ganesh, Hretha, Saxnot, Shef, Shiva Thuno, Tir, Vishnu, Weyland, Woden, Yahweh, Alfar, Balder, Beyla, Bil, Bragi, Byggvir, Dagr, Disir, Eir, Forseti, Freya, Freyr, Frigga, Heimdall, Hel, Hoenir, Idunn, Jord, Lofn, Loki, Mon, Njord, Norns, Nott, Odin, Ran, Saga, Sif, Siofn, Skadi, Snotra, Sol, Syn, Ull, Thor, Tyr, Var, Vali, Vidar, Vor, Herne, Holda, Nehalennia, Nerthus, Endovelicus, Ataegina, Runesocesius, Apollo, Bacchus, Ceres, Cupid, Diana, Janus, Juno, Jupiter, Maia, Mars, Mercury, Minerva, Neptune, Pluto, Plutus, Proserpina, Venus, Vesta, Vulcan, Attis, Cybele, El-Gabal, Isis, Mithras, Sol Invictus, Endovelicus, Anubis, Aten, Atum, Bast, Bes, Geb, Hapi, Hathor, Heget, Horus, Imhotep, Isis, Khepry, Khnum, Maahes, Ma’at, Menhit, Mont, Naunet, Neith, Nephthys, Nut, Osiris, Ptah, Ra, Sekhmnet, Sobek, Set, Tefnut, Thoth, An, Anshar, Anu, Apsu, Ashur, Damkina, Ea, Enki, Enlil, Ereshkigal, Nunurta, Hadad, Inanna, Ishtar, Kingu, Kishar, Marduk, Mummu, Nabu, Nammu, Nanna, Nergal, Ninhursag, Ninlil, Nintu, Shamash, Sin, Tiamat, Utu, Mitra, Amaterasu, Susanoo, Tsukiyomi, Inari, Tengu, Izanami, Izanagi, Daikoku, Ebisu, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Fukurokuju, Jurojin, Hotei, Quetzalcoatl, Tlaloc, Inti, Kon, Mama Cocha, Mama Quilla, Manco Capac, Pachacamac and Zaramama

      Your god has been replicated hundreds of tiems and is, hiself a replication of earlier gods.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:09 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Austin, I do not know if you can replicate God because I do not know what God is. It may be possible. God had to come from somewhere. If there is one God (or two or a million trillion) perhaps they are born into existence similar to us.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:11 am |
    • Austin

      Mimicry

      May 22, 2013 at 12:24 am |
    • .

      Austin tell us about the dead cat again

      May 22, 2013 at 1:11 am |
    • Austin

      Revelation 19:13 – And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:04 am |
    • sam stone

      gee, austin, another quote....how fresh and original

      May 22, 2013 at 8:05 am |
    • fintastic

      @Austin.... "Can you replicate God? God is supernaturally superior to everything."

      How can you replicate something that's imaginary?
      Can you provide evidence that god is real?............... we're waiting.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      sam: At least it's not one of his dreams again...this boy should have his computer privileges removed and be locked up in some asylum.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:09 am |
    • sam stone

      more blah, blah, fvcking blah from austin.....nothing but claims without a scintilla of evidence. like topher/gopher, or chard, he is not here to discuss a damn thing. he is here to preach. well, austin, the words of the book you hold as holy only resonate with others who hold that book as holy. so....spare us your silly a$$ed comic book quotes. have another drink of jeebus, pen-day-ho

      May 22, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • sam stone

      "How can you replicate something that's imaginary?"

      by coming up with something else that is imaginary

      May 22, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Austin can't replicate intelligence. I think the brain damage received during his DUI is evident with his every post.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:25 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      Austin, is supernatural superiority well-ordered? or is it like a family gredunza?

      Mr. Krinklebein the Fish: By the way, Cat, just what is a family gredunza?

      Cat in the Hat: Oh, they come in all styles from triple-G to minus-aught.

      Boy: Is it bigger than a...?

      Cat in the Hat: Occasionally, but on most occasions, not.

      Sally: Is it smaller than a...?

      Cat in the Hat: They no longer make that kind, but one family gredunza is always smaller than another.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:31 am |
  7. Apple Bush

    Skipping knee bloodied and throbbing and perfect. Just enough for candy, lemonheads and redhots and bubble gum
    Trophies drip bike spills over and teases the bumper then bells and smells
    Coke first, the cooler
    Slide it, open it slam down your change
    Fill your pockets
    ride and laugh with perfection

    May 21, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
    • Master Po

      I bet your keyboard is all sticky now. Feel better?

      May 22, 2013 at 12:33 am |
    • Apple Bush

      Clever
      Clever
      Clever

      Clever

      Clever

      Clever

      Clever


      Clever

      Clever

      Clever


      Clever

      Clever

      Clever

      Clever

      May 22, 2013 at 12:40 am |
    • Master Po

      Ah. Clever. Ha. Ha.
      I might have missed it if you hadn't repeated it so many times. Thanks.

      May 22, 2013 at 2:35 am |
  8. Mark

    Prayer: people talking to themselves and then thinking that they're helping. I would just send money... Talk to yourself if you like, but its not helping.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  9. Reality

    Free Will and Future are inherent to all the thinking beings in the Universe. This being the case, it is not possible to alter life with prayers. Statistically, your request might come true but it is simply the result of the variability/randomness of Nature..

    That being the case, send a donation to the Red Cross or some other reputable group who help those in need.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • AntiChris

      I have often posed the question to theists, "can good things ever happen by chance?" Because when something bad happens they call it chance or free will. When something good happens, they call it god's work.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:58 am |
    • lol??

      The moolah is where it's at, antichris.

      "Courts have recognized various events as acts of God—tornadoes, earthquakes, death, extraordinarily high tides, violent winds, and floods. Many insurance policies for property damage exclude from their protection damage caused by acts of God."
      http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/act+of+God

      Kinda sets your idea on its head. Blame God.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:16 am |
    • AntiChris

      Would you say well god wanted that tree to fall on my car? No you would say that bad things happen sometimes. But if you went out and saw the tree missed your car by inches, you would tell everyone that god was looking out for you today.

      As for insurance companies, they are just plain evil.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:30 am |
    • lol??

      Well AC, have you ever had something you thought was gud, and then it turns out bad?? Things have a way of winding down. Fer instance, some lottery winners ending up broke and in court all the time.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:36 am |
    • fintastic

      @AntiChris... "I have often posed the question to theists, "can good things ever happen by chance?" Because when something bad happens they call it chance or free will. When something good happens, they call it god's work."

      No no no.... when bad things happen is the debil dude... the guy with the red suit, pointy horns and the pitchfork... sometimes seen on a paint can.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:12 am |
    • fintastic

      It's

      May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am |
  10. Chris

    I Just to let everyone know,

    I just took a huge dump all over the koran and a picture of mohammad I drew with my left hand after cleaning my filthy boots.

    .....come on now.......make with the blowing yourself up

    May 21, 2013 at 11:25 pm |
    • Master Po

      Why do you think they would be here reading your words? Did you think they are worried about Oklahoma? Really?

      May 22, 2013 at 12:18 am |
    • Chris

      Scroll down for the islam extremist comments. Though what was said was mainly for laughs.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:30 am |
    • Master Po

      You must be new here. Welcome to the internet!

      May 22, 2013 at 12:40 am |
  11. Rational Believer

    AtheistsMorons, you have been ranting for 3 hours. You have claimed to be gay, straight, working and unemployed. You think Jesus wrote the bible and you think he spoke English. When you make a fool of yourself, you claim you have been drinking or that somebody stole your handle. It may be true for some posts, but even those that are left are offensive and stupid.

    Please go away.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
    • The real Tom

      AM is just a troll. Some of his posts are too literate to be the work of a genuine dunce. He's just a player.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • Christian Lawyer

      Either way, he is giving Christians a bad name. I think he's a 15 year-old kid.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      AtheistsMorons just got into his parents liqueur cabinet. I'm just glad he will get his in the morning with the hangover.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • Virgo

      I read where he thought Jesus wrote the Bible – in English lol

      May 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      That's good old trollism. One of the best isms there ism! Ism that true?

      May 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      I never said that. Isaid it was POSSIBLE he wrote the Bible in English because he could do whatever he wanted. I know he spoke Arabic and that English wasn't invented until much later in Virginia.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      The AtheistsMorons post above mine was not made by me but by an atheist loser. What can you expect from an atheists anyway.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      The post immediately above was not made by me. The other one was. I know history better than any atheist loser.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:17 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      None of these posts was by me. It's just some atheist losers, or Sam. You all should get lives and jobs.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      All of the fake AtheistsMorons are just jealous of my expertise and intelligence. Sad really.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      This is getting ridiculous. I am a God-fearing Christian who loves all people. I love them a lot. Too much really. I mean I love people.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      The first and third posts were by me. The other two were by Sam, my imaginary enemy who took my fleshlight.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:22 pm |
    • AtheistsCult

      One of the AtheistsMorons is the real one and the other one is an atheist loser that only proves that this is what atheists is all about, hiding behind religion to do their dirty things and hiding in politicians to do their dirty works again. If you don't believe me then just stick around for the next 6 months and you will see what these idiots are doing. They love hiding and using other people names to created confusion be cause this is really what atheism is all about, a sick evil cult we can't even trust.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      I had to change my name to AtheistCult so Sam, my make believe enemy, would be thrown off my scent. But I smell too much like donkey cu.m. Filth hindu secular ism

      May 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
    • AtheistsCult

      The post above was not by me. It was by AtheistsMorons posing as me. He does this all the time, because he is a coward and will not use his real name.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:31 pm |
    • Sam

      It wasn't me, I don't have your gonnoreah-covered fleshlight

      May 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
    • sam stone

      atheistsarelosers.....jesus spoke aramaic, not arabic

      now, go fvck yourself

      May 22, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • You’re just pi-ssed off

      Because Christians can’t burn people at the stake who disagree with them any more

      May 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm |
  12. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF ATHEISTSMORONS FLESHLIGHT

    hindu atheist, ignorant self centered Atheistsmorons ism loves his fleshlight. humps it all the time slef centered hindu ignorant asre pilot.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Word Moran means, a hindu secular, ignorant self centered and so does word pig.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      Self centered bullshit ism. This is worse than ismism. Hindus are great people. So is Hinduism. And truth absolutism so stick it up your ism.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:00 pm |
    • IslamaSent

      Jesus said he would send us teachers secular, self centered, denier of my camel-toe itchy ear ignorant filth of secularism amen.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
  13. AtheistsMorons

    Half of the idiot atheists on this sight can't even hold a job. They live in there mothers basements and put garbage on this sight.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      IN LOOKING AT OLDER POSTS, YOU'VE BEEN HERE FOR THREE HOURS

      THREE HOURS

      WHAT'S THE MATTER, BITCH? WHOSE BASEMENT ARE YOU IN?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      Spell it without the space in BULLSHlT.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      You're wrong, its not me who posted that,it's one of your atheists losers who is doing this using my own Alias. That only proves that being an atheist is really being a moron, otherwise he wouldn't be doing this.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      If one did not know, word idiot means, nothing else, but a secular, self centered, driven from word idea.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      Their, not there, moron.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:53 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      PARANOIA IS COMMON FOR ALCOHOLICS WHO ARE ALSO IN THE CLOSET

      GET THAT FLESHLIGHT AND GET TO AA, BOY.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      Ignorant moronism. The worst ism there ism.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:04 pm |
    • Atheist Loser

      When you find your balls, be sure and take a picture, because you'll never see them again after I tear them off.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Settle down Atheist Loser, I already apologised.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      You really scares me idiot.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • AntiChris

      $100k full benefits awesome pension plan.

      Who would have thought critical thinking(aka atheism) would actually serve a purpose.

      May 22, 2013 at 1:19 am |
  14. Leslie

    Atheists do put our money where our mouth is. And we don't ask you to listen to a sermon or ask you to turn your life over to somebody else, before giving you a bowl of soup. We also, don't help so that our Sky Daddy will be proud of us and give us extra stuff in heaven. We help because we love people. We believe in people and we are willing to selflessly give.

    Also, remember that Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, and Mark Zuckerberg are all atheists and have made huge philanthropic donations, again, not seeking rewards from a Sky Daddy.

    http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/node/1780 is just one of the many atheist foundations.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
    • SDCinNS

      An article on Richard Dawkins' website you might find interesting:

      http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/3502-matthew-parris-as-an-atheist-i-truly-believe-africa-needs-god

      May 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Interesting. Kind of like giving a heroin addict methadone on the way to getting them completely clean.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • lol??

      Gates is covering his bets by buying options. Get yer facts straight.

      "Bill Gates interview: I have no use for money. This is God’s work"

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/bill-gates/9812672/Bill-Gates-interview-I-have-no-use-for-money.-This-is-Gods-work.html

      May 21, 2013 at 10:48 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Oh i agree they really did gave money, but with one exception, they gave all that money to atheists foundations only. Not for anything else. What a great donation that is.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:07 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      ATHEISTSMORONS – YOU'RE A LYING SACK. IF YOU TUCK YOUR NUTS IN A LITTLE FURTHER, MAYBE YOUR BF 'SAM' CAN PRETEND YOU'RE EVEN MORE OF A PUSSY THAN YOU REALLY ARE.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      I'm really scared, get lost idiot.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      LOST WHERE – UP THAT GAPING GOATSE ASSHOLE YOU KEEP OPEN FOR BUSINESS? NO THANKS

      May 21, 2013 at 11:21 pm |
  15. lol??

    Wow, a race between the A&A's and God over who does the most good!?!?!?

    The ultimate dialectic from the Frankfurter School. Hot dogs!

    May 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • Alpa Chino

      Made zero sense, man. Got a translator?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • SDCinNS

      Reads like a post from a random word generator.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
    • lol??

      Sorry, you must be new here. A&A's are atheists and agnostics.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
    • Alpa Chino

      Ok, great, but now what is this about hot dogs?

      May 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      I like Hot Dogs

      May 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  16. SDCinNS

    I have to believe "AtheistMorons" is an atheist himself – trying to make theists look bad? It's the only explanation that makes sense.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • Alpa Chino

      Yeah, agreed. He's trollin' a little too hard.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
    • Athy

      Either way, he's a great ally for the atheist cause. Let him rant.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:49 pm |
  17. GAW

    Gervais and Mehta have a point. If all one does is pray then you have a problem or to quote the New Testament text of James "Faith without works is dead" Sometime people use the prayer routine as a cop out for not acting, helping giving, listening.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
    • SDCinNS

      I certainly agree with the "Jamesian" point of view – but I don't think James would call praying, "doing nothing", as Gervais does. He's only right – if atheism is right – a view James would certainly disagree with. But, yes, prayer + some practical action is the ideal.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      imagine if no one did anything and just prayed for them. How fast do you think a theist will start yelling "do something!"?

      May 21, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  18. IslamaSent

    Hindu self centered hind believing themselves to be mini-gods secular filthy denier. Keep standing on the wrong side of hindu secular truth absolute tracks and see what happens illegality s ignorant amen.

    May 21, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Leslie

      I liked your piggy video post better.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm |
    • IslamaSent

      @Leslie

      I did not post a video prideful atheist hind absolute GAWD self centered believing the lies of your father satan stupid hindu amen.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  19. Vic

    !!!Our Hearts and Prayers Go Out To Oklahoma!!!

    May 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Well said Vic, and i hope there won't be any stupid atheists posting ignorant comments on your kind thread.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      did your money also follow your heart and prayers?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • Dragon Slayer Lights Your Fire

      look how they run back to the playground when you tell them their flying spaghetti monster in the sky is a fable.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      @ATHEISTSMORONS

      SELF RIGHTEOUS ASSHOLE, NO BETTER THAN THAT IDIOT MOHAMMAD

      STOP BEATING OFF TO THOUGHTS OF ATHEISTS SUCKING YOUR TINY DICK

      May 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • Scalplels

      Well, we could cut out your hearts and send them to Oklahoma, then you would actually be sending them something REAL.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      The part of this that i really enjoy is the fact that you atheists are doing a good job at showing the world what an atheist world is like. No compassion whatsoever, and that is the most important part of all that you all missed. As far as myself, o'm not worrying what the readers of the world will read on these blogs, Even when your atheist morons are posting using my Alias is not important. If you atheists are so logical about everything, you should have known that whatever one of your losers is posting using my Alias is just a faint pixels in the picture compares to the large numbers of you morons who are posting idiotic comments and also showing the real side of who you really are. That's the part i really enjoy lol...The readers worldwide who are reading these blogs will have a very negative view about you atheists. Again good job at putting yourselves as low as this, and you didn't even needed me to do it to yourselves lol.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:01 pm |
    • Atheist Loser

      tl:dr
      Who cares what you think about it, moron? Did we ask you what you thought? No, because we know you are too stupid.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      I'M NOT ATHEIST ANY MORE THAN YOU'RE CHRISTIAN, PIPSQUEAK

      SORRY ABOUT YOUR DADDY ISSUES. I GUESS THAT'S WHY YOU'VE BEEN ON HERE FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT ALL DAY. YOU ARE ONE STELLAR CITIZEN. GOLD STAR.

      ARE YOU DONE WRITING YOUR 'LIFE OF FAITH' MANIFESTO YET? HAVE YOU BOUGHT ANY PRESSURE COOKERS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

      May 21, 2013 at 11:09 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      It has nothing to do with what i might be thinking, you obviously can't read or you just don't understand whatever you're reading. It's all about the low image you losers are giving to Atheism.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      Atheist Loser – leave me alone. You keep saying stuff about me. I said I'm sorry so stuff off.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSHlT

      Turn off your fucking caps lock.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "i hope there won't be any stupid atheists posting ignorant comments on your kind thread"

      You mean his thread that shows how truly uncaring and lazy he is???

      May 22, 2013 at 8:27 am |
    • Vic

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-9/#comment-2357472

      May 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm |
    • Vic

      http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/21/who-hears-prayersforoklahoma/comment-page-9/#comment-2357472.

      May 22, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  20. ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

    hindu atheist, ignorant self centered are no different than pigs, secular, self centered by nature, always happy in hind, filth of mud, in human case, hind filth of hinduism, illegality.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMPd-11_2js

    May 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
    • Leslie

      That seems like a thoughtful and considered...WHAAAAAAAAAA?

      May 21, 2013 at 9:59 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      Translation of word pig is none other than , an atheist or a secular, self centered, a hindu, denier of truth absolute GOD. a living example for human , not to be hindu secular, ignorant self centered in life, not to be in hind, filth of hinduism, illegality..

      May 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      STOP POSTING VIDS OF YOUR MOM AND SISTERS, IT'S DISRESPECTFUL

      May 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      That's none of your business, if you don't like it then get lost atheist loser.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF BULLSH.IT

      ATHEISTSMORONS

      WHO ARE YOU TALKING TO? ANOTHER IMAGINARY FRIEND?

      May 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm |
    • Atheist Loser

      Come here and make me get lost, little sperm bag.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:10 pm |
    • Chris

      Sure, atheists are the self centered ones, ha!

      We aren't the ones claiming to be the "chosen ones". We are actually the giving more than just words, truly selflessly. I am not given the same bribery to initiate my actions as you have...... You know? The eternal life? The Virgins? Why would atheists give at all if not for some "innate empathetic trait" that all humans seem to share.

      As for the pig comment, it is those who have no argument left that resort to name calling.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:11 pm |
    • AtheistsMorons

      I agree you never claimed to be the chosen one, you'll never be in the first place anyway. But you are claiming to have an answer to everything without exceptions. That's pretty much stupid as far as i'm concerned.

      May 21, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
    • Chris

      An answer to everything without exceptions = religion

      May 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm |
    • Chris

      A theory based on evidence that only gets proven true once EVERYONE has had a chance to disprove it and fails = science

      May 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • AtheistsCult

      No you're wrong.

      An answer to everything without exception = Atheism = Stephen Hawking = Bill Maher

      May 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • AntiChris

      Haha @ Stephen Hawking = Bill Maher

      May 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm |
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