I see quite a bit of complaining on Facebook and Twitter about atheists daring to post that they don't think prayer will help Japan. The objections are that by saying "Your prayers aren't helping Japan," atheists are pushing their beliefs on believers, they're insensitive to believers, they're attacking believers, and/or they're proselytizing for atheism.
Surprisingly, not one of the complaining "Pray for Japan" posters/tweeters ever considered that by telling atheists in thousands of posts and tweets, "Pray for Japan," that they were doing exactly what they are accusing atheists of doing. Were any of you "Pray for Japan" posters/tweeters concerned about how I'd feel receiving all those "Pray for Japan" posts and tweets?
And, yeah, saying "Prayer isn't going to help" is so much more mean-spirited than your tweets saying, "God is going to burn you for eternity in hell." (Ooo, your mythology really scares me. [That's sarcasm.] The fact that a rational, thinking person believes in mythology and acts accordingly, now that scares me. [That's not sarcasm.]
How is stating that I think prayer isn't going to help Japan attacking you or persecuting you?
I've also heard some
whining comments asking "What's wrong with donating and praying?" If it makes you feel better than donating alone, have at it. Because the praying is ultimately all about you and how it makes you feel, not Japan.
But you could also:
- Donate and dance naked in the moonlight, or
- Donate and wear socks that don't match, or
- Donate and read Green Eggs and Ham to your pet, or
- Donate and rub a lucky rabbit's foot, or
- Donate and consult with Punxsutawney Phil, or
- Donate and sacrifice sausages to Offler, or
- Donate and talk to the pixies in your garden, or
- Donate and toss pennies in a wishing well, or
- Donate and tweet how awful atheists are, or...any number of things that won't help Japan more than donating alone would.
Next, you'll be posting and tweeting how awful I am for ridiculing you.