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May 02 2012

Praying for Murder

There’s a women’s prayer group praying for breast cancer.

Stop for a moment and reflect: what do you think I mean? Do you picture a group of respectable middle-class women sitting in a circle, praying fervently for breast cancer to be cured? Is that your knee-jerk response when someone tells you a women’s prayer group is praying for breast cancer?

We assume, when we hear that people are praying for a disease, that they’re praying for a cure. Even atheists, who know prayer is worse than useless, probably leap first to that conclusion: these are kind, caring women praying for an end to this disease, because we’re told that prayer is a holy and decent thing, a kindly thing, a moral and necessary thing. These women are praying for breast cancer. And they believe their prayers will work.

A women’s prayer circle is praying for the women of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.

Now for our prayer, we pray that the women who work in your MFRR and the women in your family will befall fast moving breast cancer which can not everbe cured.

Ah. Spiteful little god-deluded fuckwits, then. Religion has taken this circle of respectable women and made them pray fervently for other women to get breast cancer, just because those women work for an organization that prevents religious fanatics in the military from forcing their particular brand of religion upon the unwilling. How sad.

Is that what you’re thinking?

Don’t dismiss them. Stop for a moment and listen to what they’re praying for, and what they were so pleased to inform the women of the MRFF they’re praying for:

Our prayer circle has never failed to acheive our hosts granting of the scripture we pray. for direct intervention against you as you are a true demon to America. Luke 9:1

They believe their prayers have never failed to obtain their desired result. They believe their prayers always work. Don’t dismiss that. It doesn’t matter that it’s not true. It doesn’t matter that prayer doesn’t actually work. It doesn’t matter that these women are merely deluding themselves. What matters is that they believe their prayers always work.

When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases. (Luke 9:1)

This is the verse they cite. They believe they have been given this authority. Only the “demons” they’re driving out with their prayers are human beings.

….you are a true demon to America.

The “diseases” they’re “curing” are women.

Now for our prayer, we pray that the women who work in your MFRR and the women in your family will befall fast moving breast cancer which can not everbe cured. We pray this for Leah Bruton, and Becki Miller, Patricia Corigan, Chris Rodda, Edie Disler, Vicky Garrison, Kristin Leslie, Melinda Moeton and Joan Slish. And you evil clan too, we pray this for Bonnie Wiensten and Amanda and Amber Wienstein and the woman lawyers Cariline Mitchel and Katherin Ritchy and all women of all who work at with for Military Freedom Against Religon Foundation.

This is what they believe their prayers will accomplish for those women – not just the ones who work for the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, but all women related to anyone who works for that organization. This is what they want those women to suffer and die of.

An example of recurrent breast cancer. Image credit: James Heilman, MD, Wikimedia Commons.

They want these women to die as my paternal grandmother did: breasts eaten by disease, tumors following every cut of the scalpel as surgeons try to excise it, until the cancer has metastasized beyond the ability of medicine to stop it. They want these women to live with the certain knowledge of death, bodies riddled with agonizing sores, an arm swollen to the size of an elephant’s leg with tumors. They want children to witness their mothers and grandmothers (and, presumably, sisters) dying this way. They want these women to be eaten alive by incurable disease for the crime of protecting religious freedom.

This is what they are asking their god for. This is what they believe their prayers will accomplish.

They are praying for murder.

The only difference between them and actual murderers is that they’ve chosen an ineffective weapon. But they believe it works. Ask them if they’re murderers, and they’ll say no. If one of these women happens to die of breast cancer, they’ll give glory and praise to God, and crow about how their prayers are always answered, but they will never, ever consider they murdered her. Although, if their prayers were truly as effective as they say they are, this is what they would have done: committed murder. Become murderers.

This is what religion does to otherwise decent people. It allows them to hire a hit man without admitting it. It allows them to become murderers without ever understanding what they are. Some of them, unlike this women’s prayer circle, choose effective weapons. They stab or bomb or shoot, and kill a victim dead, and do not consider it murder, because they are doing god’s will.

Religion allows a circle of women to pray for murder, with every expectation they will succeed, and believe it moral.

This is why religion must be denied social consent.

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  1. 1
    kennypo65

    This is the most despicable thing I’ve ever heard of. I honestly feel a little sick to my stomach. It just goes to show that religion is the worst form of cancer there is.

  2. 2
    Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

    “Hey ladies, should we use our super-cool god-granted powers for good?”

    “Nah, lets bring horrible death to people who disagree with us!”

    “Sounds legit.”

  3. 3
    Mr.Kosta

    Look, folks, what a perfect example of god-given morality! Woe to us atheists, for we cannot even attempt to achieve such a degree of goodnes and love for our neighbours!

    This was sarcasm, of course. What a despicable waste of oxygen, these women are.

  4. 4
    Bertrand

    Torn between the curiosity about whether this could be considered attempted murder by a court of law, and the fact that it is, after all, thoughtcrime. In any case, despicable.

  5. 5
    Timid Atheist

    My grandmother died from breast cancer. She was a sweet, loving, amazing woman who believed in god and wouldn’t have harmed another human to save her own life. So I can say, with absolute conviction, fuck those women. They are not worthy to be considered on par with my grandmother.

  6. 6
    Phoenix Woman

    The problem is that there are tons of Ayn Rand followers who are not mature atheists, but look upon the lack of a Big Authority Figure reining them in as an excuse to trample on other human beings. Religion was the one thing keeping these clowns in check, and now that it’s fading as a social force, they feel liberated. (Granted, religion is used as often as not to spur people on to atrocities, or at least excuse them, so it may well be a wash here.)

  7. 7
    hexidecima

    I’m glad you used the photo. Such horrible people who claim they are doing this. I’d hope for a Poe but alas, hateful Christians are really a dime a dozen.

    now, has anyone heard of counter-praying Christians or are they all too busy using the usual “no true scotsman” arguments?

  8. 8
    dcortesi

    Not to carp, but a couple points worth noting. One, the original source is this MRFF press release which in turn links to a full copy of the original anonymous email.

    Second, after reading the email, it smells to me as if this could be a troll perpetrated by a single person. One should at least consider whether the “prayer group” in fact does not exist, except in the imagination of one pathologically sick person. That line, “Our prayer circle has never failed to acheive[sic] our hosts granting of the scripture we pray” sounds like wishful fantasy by a nutter, more than a group statement.

    So it is at least possible that we are not getting the intent of a group, or should I say coven, of malignant hags, but the self-important pretense of a lone sicko.

  9. 9
    left0ver1under

    This reminds me of the case of Brandi Blackbear. She was a (then) teen in Oklahoma falsely accused of “placing a hex” on a teacher who had gotten sick. Blackbear was known for speaking out against the bullying of other students, for being a goth, and for having an interest in wicca.

    If one of those “prayed on” happens to get breast cancer, perhaps somoene should file an attempted murder charge. If one case can be brought to court, why not the other?

  10. 10
    Trebuchet

    Second, after reading the email, it smells to me as if this could be a troll perpetrated by a single person. One should at least consider whether the “prayer group” in fact does not exist, except in the imagination of one pathologically sick person.

    I had the same thought. Doesn’t make it any better, of course.

    Some of these sickos, were there actually a heaven and hell, would have a pretty nasty surprise coming when they die.

  11. 11
    sumdum

    My brother: “these people are not True Christians”. What can I say other than that it’s an obvious fallacy? He’s got his god goggles bolted firmly to his head.

  12. 12
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    I hadn’t dismissed this. In fact, I stated that in a country which believes so much in the Christian God, the Bible, and the power of prayer, such a person or persons praying that some specific women suffer breast cancer is assault. In fact, given the resources, I’d press criminal charges and/or file a civil case just to get them dismissed, then broadcast the reasons such a charge or suit was frivolous. (Although it still is a bit of a threat, regardless as to whether a person has the means to carry out such a threat.)

    Also, black magic. The thing Christians loved to torture and burn people over.

  13. 13
    Kevin

    This is in perfect accord with Christian morality.

    After all, they believe that god orchestrated the murder of an innocent man — his own son at that — in order to fulfill some sort of heavenly requirement.

    That’s not me saying that. That’s the essence of the message that’s been on the reader board of a local Baptist church for the past couple of months.

    I can’t remember the exact phrasing they use, except they do use the word “planned murder”.

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