Another tragedy, more prayer shaming


A bothersome trend I have noticed lately is people, evangelical atheists mostly, railing incessantly against prayer.

Interesting during times of tragedy when people of all stripes, even the not particularly religious, tend to come together through prayer and offer prayers as a comfort to victims, families, and communities, that the godless consider heartfelt prayers either meaningless platitudes that should be done away with, outright offensive, or both.

In times like these it’s important to know that prayer unites, it doesn’t divide, and it’s far from meaningless.  Prayer also isn’t a partisan thing that is only offered by gun wielding conservatives, Christians, or Republicans. In fact, prayer has no denomination, no party agenda, and no political affiliation at all.

It’s also important to remind those who have turned their backs on God that American currency still has “In God We Trust” printed on it for a reason. Our nation’s history, after all, is deeply and undeniably rooted in a shared faith in a higher power and recognition of our human limitations. 

Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase instructed the Director of the Mint to prepare a motto for our currency back in 1861 that read:

“Dear Sir: No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.

You will cause a device to be prepared without unnecessary delay with a motto expressing in the fewest and tersest words possible this national recognition.”

Congress passed the Act in 1864 and it was then that the first coins were inscribed with the words “In God We Trust.” In fact, a law passed by the 84th Congress and approved by the President in 1956, declared “In God We Trust” as the national motto of the United States.

Clearly, our government has no issue putting its trust in a higher power so why should anyone shame those of us who only desire to offer comfort from a higher power through prayer following a tragedy? 

American values come from the idea that no nation can be strong except in the strength of God. So, isn’t it natural that we as humans turn to God, the one whom we trust, during times of distress and despair?

Isn’t it time we stopped the senseless prayer shaming once and for all?


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8 replies

  1. Nice James. True though. The backlash against prayer is amazing. I guess seeing people pray must add to the feeling of conviction, and thus the unreasonable lashing out and anger. Just my thought.

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    • It might add to the conviction I suppose but I think it’s just them wanting us to shut up.

      Atheists are often very aggressive when it comes to attacking Christianity, and one of the topics they often criticize is prayer.  Since they believe (deny,lack belief, etc.,) that there is no God, therefore prayer cannot work–no matter what is said.  The problem is that atheists who attack Christianity regarding prayer have three major problems.  First, they need to deal with their own false assumptions that constrain their objectivity.  Second, how would they judge if prayer works.  Third, they don’t understand how prayer works. 

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      • They want us to shut up. They do, don’t they James? It’s just that simple.
        Have you notice the comments, rebuttal posts, and things in general are becoming more vocal, frantic, and outlandish? The urgency of atheist evangelism seems to be increasing to a more frenetic pace, and making less and less sense.
        At the same time, I see clearly the faith of those who stay around here increasing and becoming stronger. Hmm..seems something like that happened in the early days of the church if I recall.

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        • I think evangelical atheists will become more and more vocal the closer we get to the end times mostly because they know they are on the losing side.

          I receive about the same amount of comments from atheists I always have but have been linked to a a bit more. Not sure what the posts that link to me are about because I won’t read the blogs but I’m sure it’s the usual hate and mockery I have become used to.

          I actually see faith increasing too, all around, everywhere I go. A church I visited on vacation baptized 54 people in one service a few weeks ago. Anecdotal but clear evidence that faith is growing.


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