As an atheist, I get where the rage on Twitter is coming from. Most people will say “we’re not pushing our religion on you” when in fact, you are.
Praying makes me uncomfortable, as it might other non-religious people. “Pray” is defined as “to make a request in a humble manner [or] to address…
If praying makes you uncomfortable, don’t pray. I am a Catholic totally okay with your atheism, but to go so far as to say that I am “pushing my religion on you” is rather silly. Did I reblog a bunch of posts saying “pray for London”? Of course! Does that mean I am talking directly to you? Am I specifically asking you, an atheist, to pray? Not at all. And even if I was, how can you frown upon that? I wouldn’t of done it if I knew it made you uncomfortable, first of all, but even more importantly, I am not demanding anything of you, but asking.
Besides, it’s the thought that counts. I am entitled to be religious just as much as you are entitled to not be. I appreciate that your thoughts are with everyone in England and I hope that you appreciate that I, fully believing that my prayers will help, am in fact praying.
Also, while you are right in saying that many people don’t think praying is support, just as many people, if not more, believe it is. Like me for example, who, although praying (and not just “sitting around talking to [Jesus]”), plans to take actual action as well.
The way I see it is at this point, for many people, praying is all they have right now. We’re rendered incapable of doing anything from where we are and so for those of us who have something more indirect (praying) we’re going to fall back on that.
I agree, that we’re not imposing our religion.
I was raised catholic so I don’t have the knee jerk reaction that I understand other people have to religion.
Understand that all I’m really saying when I’m saying “pray” is that I care about what’s going on. I care about the people. I care about the cities. Whether my religion is part of that or not shouldn’t really make a difference.
everything i was thinking, only said a lot more eloquently
Okay, if it is okay for people to say that they’re thinking good thoughts and to offer support, then why is it not okay to say to pray? You see, offers of prayer, good thoughts, support, etc. are ways for people to say that they are thinking of you. They give people who have no ability to change the situation the opportunity to express their concern, grief, sorrow, or hope.
If they were saying that everyone who doesn’t pray is asking for the riots, then that would be wrong. If they were blaming people who live “sinful” lives for the riots, then that would be wrong. But, in this instance, they’re not doing that. They’re saying, “Hi, fellow inhabitant of the planet, I empathize with your situation. I want you to know that the whole of humanity doesn’t completely suck because there are some of us who are worried about you right now.” Maybe saying that you’re praying for someone seems wrong or shows that no one is really doing anything to make this situation stop, but it might give some folks in London hope. It might allow them to know whether someone is in another part of the country or the world that someone, somewhere wants them to know that they want them to get out of this situation as safely as possible.