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Don’t Pray For Me!
Written by MyMelody   
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 15:25

English writer, comedian, and atheist internet personality Pat Condell doesn’t want you to pray for him.

 

“they’re not praying for you to become happy and fulfilled, but for you to become religious which is often far from the same thing. They’re praying for their beliefs to have influence over your life. In other words they’re not praying for you at all they’re praying against you.” – Pat Condell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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+1 #6 MyMelody 2011-06-15 10:06
Methinks the reasons Christians and theists alike offer to pray for you, is as varied as the individuals themselves.

There are plenty of folks who utter this phrase as a means to condescend or belittle. Then there are others who honestly wish to help you and this desire to pray for you, as misguided as i think it is, comes from a place of empathy and compassion.

I think, depending on the person, intentions are bound to vary. So, we should refrain from making sweeping generalizations about intent, and instead we should take it on a case by case basis and consider the context. 8)
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+1 #5 MyMelody 2011-06-15 09:59
Quoting David Poston:
This guy is plenty bright, but there's just one thing I don't understand. Personally I don't believe in heaven or god as some man in the sky but I also don't believe in damnation and/or hell. Pat Condell says he's resigned to damnation...says he sliding into hell in a handcart smoking a cigar. How can one believe in one but not the other?


He was being facetious. :P
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+2 #4 Recovering Fundie 2011-06-14 20:38
As a former evangelical turned agnostic, I don't normally see anything wrong with being prayed for. I don't necessarily believe it will "work" but I appreciate at least them caring enough to take the time to think about me. I guess it really depends on the person doing the praying. Sure, there are those condescending crazies out there who use prayer as a method to puff themselves up as holier than thou, but the vast majority of Christians that I know, as much as I disagree with them - they are good people with misguided - but good intentions. You gotta pick your battles...I just don't think this one is worth it.
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0 #3 David Poston 2011-06-14 18:49
This guy is plenty bright, but there's just one thing I don't understand. Personally I don't believe in heaven or god as some man in the sky but I also don't believe in damnation and/or hell. Pat Condell says he's resigned to damnation...says he sliding into hell in a handcart smoking a cigar. How can one believe in one but not the other?
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+2 #2 InterIntel 2011-06-14 17:28
Whenever someone says they are praying for me, I just tell them they aren't praying hard enough because it's not working.
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+4 #1 KuroHaku 2011-06-14 16:23
Honestly, I hate it when people tell me they'll "pray for [me]." To me, it's like they're saying "oh, you're not strong/good/whatever enough to do it on your own so you need my help!" and, frankly, I find it condescending. I don't need some mystical being in the sky attempting to influence me.
Now, if someone says "you're in my thoughts", I'm actually okay with that.
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