To each his own.
Scientists have done studies on prayer and have found it promotes health in plants.
Whether you believe in a deity or not, having good thoughts for your fellow man in hard times can’t hurt. But I do agree with sending more “physical” aid as well. The Red Cross has been a “godsend” for many, including myself. But that doesn’t mean God actually sent them.
By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
(CNN) — God may not notice the thousands of prayers tweeted for victims of Oklahoma’s devastating tornado — but Ricky Gervais sure has. And he is not pleased.
As of Tuesday afternoon, more than 75,000 people have used the hashtag #PrayForOklahoma, including pop starlets, pastors and politicians, according to Topsy.com, a trend-monitoring site.
For example, the White House tweeted,
But the hashtag and the sentiments it promotes prompted a fierce backlash on social media, led by Gervais, a British comedian, and other prominent nonbelievers.
And while one Oklahoma City pastor says he appreciates the Twitter prayers, some religious scholars say devout petitions require more than moving your hands across a keyboard.
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