September 19, 2013
Praying the Fey Away

The Guardian brings us more news from the pews:

Of the 1,001 people surveyed, 35% of Americans said they believe in the statement: “With just Bible study and prayer, ALONE, people with serious mental illness like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia could overcome mental illness.”

Of the respondents who self-identified as either born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christian — 48% agreed.


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 19, 2013 12:44 PM
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Do you suppose that if I pray hard enough I can pray away the Tea Party? And how many people praying together does it take to pray away ignorance?

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Posted by: New York Crank on September 19, 2013 11:02 PM

Do you suppose that if I pray hard enough I can pray away the Tea Party? And how many people praying together does it take to pray away ignorance?

Very crankily yours,
The New York Crank

Posted by: New York Crank on September 19, 2013 11:06 PM

PRAYER - It's the *least* you can do. ~ LT

Posted by: LanceThruster on September 20, 2013 2:28 PM

Pray away ignorance? I'm afraid it's not ignorance. This is a kind of mental disorder which gets worse by praying.

Posted by: Peter on September 21, 2013 1:37 PM

And some of those loons are in charge of psychological help for the troops/veterans. One of them told my then-distaught son he didn't need mental help, he needed "more Jesus" in his life. And doubtless one of those losers told Aaron Alexis that religion would fix HIM, too. Poor crazed bastard DID spend time at a Buddhist monastery trying to put down his demons.

I guess they don't want to use that as a counter example proving it didn't work, do they. Oh, wait...silly me, wrong religion...

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on September 21, 2013 2:21 PM

Buddhism isn't really a religion, and meditation *can* help. It sounds like Aaron Alexis went out of his way to rein in his demons, but sometimes you are simply stuck without professional help. And telling someone he just needs "more Jesus" in his life is nothing but criminal.

Posted by: Peter on September 23, 2013 8:57 AM

Yep, criminal it is; and yet it is entirely too common in the military to be asked if you are attending church as soon as you say you have problems. This kind of criminal nonsense is why Mike Weinstein at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation has his hands full of work.

Posted by: Syrbal/Labrys on September 23, 2013 1:58 PM
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