FRC Prays for Incompetent Attorneys

The Family Research Council’s frequent lists of suggested prayer targets and goals are always good for a laugh. With the Supreme Court taking up both marriage equality cases this week, they’re urging their followers to pray that God influences the justices to make the “right” decision and for the attorneys for the other side to be incompetent.

May God guide us in praying for each member of the Supreme Court: for Samuel Alito, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Anthony Kennedy, Chief JusticeJohn Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Sonia Sotomayor, and Clarence Thomas. May each Justice be governed by the fear of God and fidelity to the moral law and Constitution (2 Sam 23:3; Ps 9:17; 111:10; Pr 1:7; 9:10; Is 5:20).

May the attorneys defending traditional marriage (see ADF Prayer Guide) be given anointing, clarity, effectiveness, conviction and persuasiveness in presenting their arguments. May traditional marriage prevail in the minds of a strong majority of the justices, and may traditional marriage be reaffirmed as the law of the land (Pr 16:1, 11; 25; 18:17; 21:3; Is 9:7; Mt 19:4-6; 2 Cor 5:11).

May those arguing on behalf of same-sex “marriage” present their arguments in an inept, confusing and unconvincing way. May they fail to gain traction in the minds of the Justices. May the right of Californians to amend their state constitution to protect marriage be confirmed by the Court, and may the Defense of Marriage Act be ruled constitutional (Lev 20:all; 1 Sam 2:8-10; 2 Chr 14:11; 20:12-27; Pr 22:28; 24:21; Is 8:18-20; Dan 7:25-27; 2 Cor 2:5).

You have to love the list of irrelevant bible verses at the end of each one. Reminds me of Jack Van Impe’s scattershot analysis of the news.


  1. Sastra says

    Oh, I see. The headline is a trick.

    I thought their prayers were quite likely to be answered.

  2. arakasi says

    Shorter FRC: “We really don’t have a case, so the only way we can win is if our opponents jump on the table and howl”

  3. dogfightwithdogma says

    Given what we know about the efficacy of prayer, there is relatively little chance of this having any influence on the court’s decision or the attorney’s involved. But then given the make up of the court, it is almost a certainty that religious belief will play a role in the decision.

  4. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    Sounds like FRC realize that if the plaintiff’s attorneys are competent, then the plaintiffs will win. That suggests that they know that the plaintiffs have a better argument.

  5. coragyps says

    “May the attorneys defending traditional marriage be given anointing….”

    Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot?

    Does SCOTUS allow olive oil in the courthouse? Won’t it spot the carpet?

  6. drr1 says

    Afraid that prayer wasn’t answered yesterday. The FRC should have known as much, with Ted Olson on the other side. He’s one of the best in the business, and he really rocked.

  7. says

    Um … guys … the lawyers you are praying for are trying to show that there is a secular basis for Prop 8 and DOMA. Did it ever occur to you that you’re not helping? Or did the pro-gay marriage folks pray that FRC and other anti-marriage people would present their arguments in an inept, confusing and unconvincing way … and God listened?

  8. caseloweraz says

    I first read the headline as “FRC pays for incompetent attorneys.” The second time, I read it aright. But on reflection, I think my first take is also true — should they need legal assistance.

  9. Artor says

    “Help us, incompetent attorneys! You’re our only hope!”
    I for one, look forward to seeing the FRC’s position go the way of Alderaan.

  10. tbp1 says

    Even when I was a believer, I didn’t quite get the idea of intercessory prayer. If God is truly omnipotent and omniscient, doesn’t he know, infallibly, exactly how things are going to turn out? Including whether or not he’s going to intervene directly?

  11. jnorris says

    Why pray for the other attorneys to be incompetent? Have your god smite them in front of the justices and be done with it.

  12. says

    How is praying that a decision in a court case will be decided in your favor any different than someone trying to cast magic spells and enchantments?

  13. Stacy says

    Shorter FRC;

    “Dear God, please make the arc of the moral universe bend the other way.

    + eleventy

    (Greedy MO. Do you really need all those internets?)

  14. whheydt says

    Last poll results I saw show that 67% of Californians support SSM. I leave it as an exercise for the reader to determine what will happen if SCOTUS upholds Prop. 8. (Anything the electorate puts in the State Constitution…the electorate can remove from that document…and Prop. 8 only passed with a 52-48% margin at a time when the polling was a lot closer.)


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