WND Pulls Numbers Out of Rectum


It’s routine for those who hold big rallies to overestimate the number of people who took part and it’s all the easier to do so when they’re spread out all over the country, some of them in home and churches. That allows the Worldnetdaily to claim that 250,000 people participated in Joseph Farah’s 9/11 prayer and repentance event with no evidence whatsoever.

Cahn told WND, “It was told me that an estimated 250,000 people or more were dedicating 9/11 as a day of prayer, intercession and repentance.”

Well, if it was told to you, how could anyone argue with that? Hell, it was probably God himself who told him in a vision. And it amuses me that Farah puts such a focus on repentance:

But some Americans believe prayer is only the first step, and an estimated quarter of a million people across the nation this year participated in the first 9/11 National Day of Prayer and Repentance.

It was born in a commentary by Joseph Farah, CEO and founder of WND, in April. He explained that while millions flocked to churches and houses of prayer after the terror attacks, ultimately, America did not change its course.

“As Jonathan Cahn pointed out so effectively in ‘The Harbinger’ and ‘The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” he said, “America prayed after Sept. 11, 2001. But America did not repent.

Farah said the model America followed “was the same paradigm followed by ancient Israel as described in Isaiah 9:10 – the pledge to rebuild bigger and better in our own strength without notice to what God was trying to communicate through a limited judgment.”

“As a result, American has seen continued judgment ever since,” he said. “Therefore, repentance is as important as prayer.”

But what were they repenting of? Certainly not their personal sins. They were repenting for what other people did, terrible things like being gay or controlling your own reproduction. And that is done every day by Christians in this country. How many times have you heard the refrain from one preacher or another about how America has sinned against God by allowing gay people to exist and (sometimes) have equal rights, or by (sometimes) protecting a woman’s right to choose? I’ve heard it dozens of times. So why didn’t that repentance work every other time? Was it on the wrong day? Does God only hear prayers and repentance on 9/11? Or is there some magic number of people that have to do it?

Comments

  1. Abby Normal says

    Wow, an estimated 250,000 people? That’s the same as the estimated number of people who died that day. Coincidence?

  2. Larry says

    250000/319000000 = 0.00078 which is 0.078% of the population of the US supposedly participated in pornstach’s prayer-a-palooza. The implication here is 99.922% of us either hate god or believe the concept of a god is ridiculous.

    Works for me.

  3. hunter says

    It just struck me — is this a major “blame the victim” exercise, or what? A group of nutjobs commit terrorist acts against us, and we’re supposed to repent?

  4. matty1 says

    But what were they repenting of? Certainly not their personal sins. They were repenting for what other people did

    This is an excellent point, they fail even by their own standards. The new testament is pretty clear that it is your own sins you are meant to focus on not other peoples.

  5. zero6ix says

    Maybe they send out circulars in the mail, like the nielsen ratings.

    “Did you pray on 9/11? Check one
    ()yes
    ()no, and I’m a godless sinner destined for Hell

  6. Michael Heath says

    Cahn told WND, “It was told me that an estimated 250,000 people or more were dedicating 9/11 as a day of prayer, intercession and repentance.”

    Ed responds:

    Well, if it was told to you, how could anyone argue with that?

    Not surprising given how many Christians believe this is compelling evidence Jesus was resurrected:

    1 Now I [Paul] would remind you, brethren, in what terms I preached to you the gospel, which you received, in which you stand, 2 by which you are saved, if you hold it fast–unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. [1 Corinthians 15, RSV]

  7. busterggi says

    “an estimated quarter of a million people across the nation this year participated in the first 9/11 National Day of Prayer and Repentance.”

    And it worked so well that Jesus changed history and 9/11 never happened.

  8. John Pieret says

    A group of nutjobs commit terrorist acts against us, and we’re supposed to repent?

    Worse, that group of nutjobs holds almost the same beliefs as our nutjobs about what should be repented and only disagree on just who it is that is demanding the repentance.

  9. Stacy says

    It just struck me — is this a major “blame the victim” exercise, or what? A group of nutjobs commit terrorist acts against us, and we’re supposed to repent?

    Well, sure. See, if we hadn’t been a bunch of Big Homo Baby-killers, God would never have let 9/11 happen.

  10. Irreverend Bastard says

    250,000 people praying together, cooperating in an unprecedented effort to make the world a better place. I commend their efforts and organizational skills. This time, for sure, we will have incontrovertible evidence that humans can persuade G-O-D (sound of trumpets) to deviate from His Divine Plan, because we asked so nicely this time.

    Suddenly, nothing happened.

    Perhaps inflating the numbers was a bad idea.

    I used to think that prayer didn’t work. Now I think that prayer really, really doesn’t work.

  11. dingojack says

    if only they had got 0.08%* of the American population to pray, I’m sure that would have made all the difference.
    Dingo
    ——–
    * instead of 0.07895% (≈3 in every 3800 or ≈78.946895 per 100000).,
    [Four times more people were praying not to die of cancer (574743) or heart disease.(597689), so I guess god was kinda busy.]

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