I don’t think creationists are necessarily stupid (just ignorant, misinformed, wicked, or … but let’s not start that again), but I do make exceptions for individuals. There are some that say things I find incredibly stupid. Here’s an example.
In WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.
And the brave pilots of the RAF, radar, cracking of the German codes, the shipment of war material across the Atlantic, the reorganization of anti-aircraft defenses, and the morale of the British people, etc., had nothing to do with it? A one minute prayer each night is going to get credit for England’s survival in the war?
So why didn’t England just ditch the other nonsense and set up non-stop prayer brigades? They could have prayed Germany right back into the Stone Age. Oh, and weren’t the German people praying for their pilots?
There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.
It’s completely ineffectual, but OK, prayer vigils, community support, that kind of thing … I can see where some people might appreciate it. But wait—
If you would like to participate: Each evening at 9:00 PM Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific), stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens and for peace in the world.
I had no idea the safety of the US was at stake. Are we in any way comparable to England in WWII? We’re not being bombed. We’re the aggressors here. We’re the ones blasting Iraq.
Shouldn’t we be worried that the Iraqis might start praying for the safety of their country, its people, and peace? Would we stop killing them if they all got down on their knees for one minute and said “Please, God, stop!”? (I imagine many of them have done that already, and that many in the US have joined them in their prayers. They don’t seem to be working.)
Someone said if people really understood the full extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless.
But then you couldn’t pray aloud anymore!
Really, that is a stupid comment on so many levels. “Someone said” is not an argument for anything, and the creationists/theists already have a grossly inflated sense of what prayer can do…and I don’t think she’s claiming that they’d be dumbfounded at the discovery of how weak it is. But that might shut them up, too.
Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have in the war on Iraq? We’re doomed.
The only hope we have is that if the creationists are all this delusional, we may well triumph over them yet.