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It’s Day of Prayer Day. Again.

Today is Sept. 11 and you know what that means. It’s time for yet another day of prayer and repentance, this one called by Joseph Farah of the Worldnetdaily. And unlike the dozens of such events over the last few years, many of them endorsed by Farah himself, this one is really extra super duper gonna work. And this baby’s going global. Why, just look at all the totally unknown people who are doing…something.

Jim George of New York City suburb Maplewood, N.J., spread the call to about 50 churches within a five-mile radius in a dozen communities.

In America’s Heartland, Bayless Baptist Church in St. Louis, at 8512 Morganford Road, has announced it will be open all day on the 9/11 anniversary for people to come and pray.

Out West, Verne O’Brien of Sierra Vista, Ariz., told WND that “the Lord has laid on my heart to meet weekly for one hour in my home with other believers who have the same burden to pray for the nations and, yes, this nation.”

“I know that this is the start of something powerful in this area of the U.S.,” he wrote.

In St. Petersburg, Fla., Virginia Beale has been going through the local phone book urging churches to participate.

Meanwhile, Susan Jones of Whitefish, Mont., has been asking pastors in her area in face-to-face meetings to take part.

Wow, how…inspiring. But wait, they’ve got star power too. Real star power, not that stuff they have on Dancing With the Stars. Charlie Daniels is supporting it. Yeah, that’s right — Charlie Daniels. And Chuck Norris is too. The devil may have went down to Georgia, but Walker, Texas Ranger kicked his ass. And shock jock Mancow Muller (and it’s nice that he took a break from his busy schedule of making sexist jokes and letting Hulk Hogan sleep with his wife to take a stand for moral virtue). With that kind of pull, how could God not hear these prayers this time and do…well, something.

Comments

  1. busterggi says

    Wonder how many billions of prayers it takes to get god’s attention, so far they’ve all been useless.

  2. macallan says

    50 churches in a 5 mile radius. As I keep saying there’s something fundamentally wrong with any place that has more churches than pubs per square mile.

  3. says

    So…today is when a bunch of atheists are trying to raise money for real people in Syria, and this bunch of fools is trying to get people to pray for…something. What’s that about religion making people more moral again?

  4. raven says

    I’d forgot all about it until this post reminded me of it.

    It seems to be completely unknown where I live. A place called Reality Land, Real World.

    And now I’ll forget all about it again.

  5. says

    Today, I managed to mouse over my computer’s clock for it to bring up the date “September 11, 2013″ and not think about the 2001 terrorist attack until I read this post.

    I’m ambivalent about that.

    Yeah, there’s the old impulse to ‘never forget,’ but given how horribly the nation has been manipulated by demagogues who make references to that date, it’s probably best that I’m not making Pavlovian associations to their preferred stimulus.

  6. Moggie says

    Verne O’Brien’s contribution is extremely moving. A whole hour a week, and without leaving his home! It’s genuinely humbling. Let’s hope he’s right about it being the start of something powerful: all over the country, people coming together for a brief period once a week to do almost nothing. Imagine what that could achieve!

  7. tfkreference says

    Imagine the effect they could have on education in the US if they gathered in their homes and prayed during school board meetings, especially in Texas.

  8. Doug Little says

    spread the call to about 50 churches within a five-mile radius in a dozen communities.

    How many fucking churches do you need? That’s a hell of a lot of tax money not being collected right there.

  9. matty1 says

    50 churches within a five-mile radius in a dozen communities

    I have to add to the people who think this is too fucking many. On the optimistic side maybe most of them are some guy who had an argument with the pastor one day and now calls his front room church.

  10. dean says

    Yes, yes it is a day of prayer, specifically for a friend of mine from graduate school in 1980.

    Of course, at that time she began every day with a short prayer, or so she told me when I asked. Never pushed the action (or her beliefs) on me, and never spoke of it outside that one 30 second conversation. “One’s personal prayer habits should not be a public discussion topic” was what she said. I haven’t asked her since, but I am sure she continues that habit to this day, and I’m sure she’s had it since she was a child.

    Strange how Farah has a such a different approach. Wonder why that is?

  11. John Pieret says

    And here I spent most of the day in Manhattan, within a mile of the World Trade Center site, and what we had here was mostly a lot of cops. I’m sure there were memorials and prayers but if there was any one bragging about how pious they were in “getting out the vote prayers” I didn’t hear about it.

  12. cswella says

    Occasionally when browsing the internet, I run across a bar/pie graph showing how many civilians died on 9/11. It’s overshadowed by the number of civilians who have died in Iraq because of the war. Happy to have american privileges, but I wouldn’t call myself proud of the USA, nor particularly a ‘patriot’.

  13. Larry says

    It’s overshadowed by the number of civilians who have died in Iraq because of the war

    The fact that they’re mostly brown people is a source of great, jingoistic pride to The True ‘Murican© which you obviously are not. Especially since Iraq never had anything to do with 9/11. We got to kick out a dictator whom we used to like and then didn’t, blow up a bunch of stuff (and brown people) using our really expensive military hardware that was sitting around using up its best-when-used-by date, and generally feel good about ourselves. What’s not to like?

  14. cswella says

    @Larry:

    “Those guys [in the Persian Gulf War] were in hog heaven, man. They had a weapons catalog, “What’s G-12 do, Tommy?” “Says here it destroys everything but the fillings in their teeth, helps pay for the war effort.” Well, shit, pull that one up!” “Pull up G-12, please.” [sound of a missile launch, several beats, then an explosion]] “…Cool. What’s G-13 do?”

    -Bill Hicks

  15. jnorris says

    The bigger news story about any Day of Prayer is when the organizers hold a second one to thank God for doing what they prayed for during the first one. After how many DOPs in the USA, especially ones recognized by the federal, state and local governments, has there ever been a thanksgiving prayer day?

  16. stever says

    There’s a comparison that I’ve seen in these blogs, but never as a bar chart in a major media forum:
    Most of the Americans who died as a result of the 9/11 strike were not killed by the terrorists themselves, but died in road accidents resulting from the government’s spasm response to the event. By shutting down all air traffic, then once air traffic resumed, making flying more time-consuming, inconvenient and even hazardous (you weren’t any more likely to die in a crash, but suddenly you could wind up in a cell for looking the wrong way), the government forced hundreds of thousands of people away from short-haul airlines and onto the highways. Driving is a lot more dangerous than flying on scheduled airlines, and the resulting rise in road deaths exceeds the number who died on 9/11. You’d think that at least a few of the People Who Count would have realized that it’s not what a terrorist does himself, but what he can provoke the target government to do, that does the real damage. The widely reported suspicion that the chemical attack in Syria may have been a false-flag operation is a hopeful sign, whether or not it really was a false-flag job. The Day of Prayer, we can just ignore, since it will do nothing. As long as the religiots don’t hold a public assembly big enough to screw up traffic.

  17. says

    Yeah, there’s the old impulse to ‘never forget,

    Fuck that. More Americans die in car wrecks every single month. The only reason the date had any significance in the first place (to those who didn’t lose someone in the attacks or participate in rescue/cleanup efforts) is because of that selfsame demagoguery, without which it would have about as much emotional resonance today as the OKC bombing, as it should be.

  18. seamusruah says

    Instead of remembering the American 9/11, I remember Chile and their 9/11/73. The US sponsored military coup d’état that led to a military dictatorship, with support from the CIA and DIA, that ruled Chile until 1990.

  19. Skip White says

    cswella @15,

    Dammit, now I have to go listen to Relentless in its entirety, then feel sad that I loaned away Rant in e minor and never got it back.

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