CNN Suggests Christians Should Keep ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Themselves
Far-left news network says atheists and agnostics have a negative reaction to prayers
Far-left news network CNN has suggested that Christians should keep their "thoughts and prayers" to themselves during times of tragedy because atheists and agnostics find it offensive.
In a Monday report, CNN argued that nonreligious people have a negative reaction to prayers said for them in the wake of a major incident, like a mass-shooting, or a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.
The liberal news outlet, citing a recent study, stated that “some atheists and agnostics would pay money” to stop Christians sending prayers their way.
The cited study was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Linda Thunström, an economist at the University of Wyoming who co-authored the study, declared that sending thoughts and prayers in the wake of disasters is “controversial.”
Thunström describes the gesture as "meaningless" and claims it can trigger "micro-aggressions" in people.
The study is based on interaction with 400 residents in North Carolina and was conducted in the wake of Hurricane Florence’s destruction in 2018.
It reportedly found that atheists and agnostics are “prayer averse” — willing to pay to avoid receiving prayers — and are especially against receiving thoughts and prayers “from Christians.”
Nonreligious people “were willing to pay about $1.66 to avoid a prayer from a priest and more than double that price at $3.54 to avoid one from a Christian stranger,” CNN stated.
“The last result is surprising because one might expect that atheists/agnostics would be indifferent to people praying for them — why care if you don’t believe in the gesture?” said Thunström.
“But that is not what we find — atheists and agnostics are averse to prayers,” she said, and are willing to pay money in order “not to get a prayer from a Christian stranger.”
“Hence, it is important to think about who the target person is when sending thoughts and prayers in the wake of hardship,” she said.
Along with the emotional aversion that atheists and agnostics may experience to prayers said for them, critics also argue “that these gestures are meaningless and can reduce material help or structural reforms aimed at mitigating natural and social disasters,” the study said.
Some have included the phrase “I’ll pray for you” in lists of things that trigger "micro-aggressions."
This inclusion in the list suggests that this expression can “communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults toward people.”
One atheist said that being told “I’ll pray for you” with the claim it was a compliment “invokes the same feeling as equating sexually lewd comments with compliments.”