Dueling Pray-ers

Let me be clear. I believe in prayer. But I do not believe this is what God has in mind:

And if you think that’s chaotic, you should be there when the bible college van brings their people in! They stand farther up the sidewalk than the Catholics and sing. The singing is actually pretty good, aesthetically speaking, but it adds another layer of chaos. Once a month, another group of Catholics come and stand on the other side of the street saying the rosary.

And you can see why I think those people who stand near the clinic door are extraordinary. To be able to tolerate that cacophony and not react is more than I can do for very long. On the other hand, watching the video seems even worse than being there somehow, so I guess we do get de-sensitized to some extent.

And at least the clients only have to walk through the gauntlet once. Unless they’re early, and prefer to stand by the door before it opens, they don’t have to stand around and listen to that mess.

I wanted to post this now because Oubli and I had some discussion in the comments about prayer as a tool of intimidation. I saw this video right after that, and thought it demonstrated perfectly why, when the young, male protester approached me and said, “What would you like for me to pray for, for you?” I thought, “Nothing! Thanks, nothing at all.”

{Thank you very much to Nelson Helm, who made the video.}

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Trauma sensitive Consultant and Coach for Compassionate professionals who experience second hand trauma and are at risk of burnout so they can keep doing the work that matters to them and to the world.

2 thoughts on “Dueling Pray-ers

  1. This is NOT prayer, it is standing upon a soap box and RANTING. And then he goes on to ‘preach’ that all religions are diametrically opposed to christianity and cannot be reconciled with each other? What a far reaching tangent that doesn’t belong, it’s just so out there.

    Praying the rosary doesn’t bother me (never has even at my clinic), what that man is doing standing ‘on high’ and screaming his points of view is disgusting, offensive and bombarding.

    I wish there was a pro-choice prayer group out there -not necessarily christians- just a group of people praying for calm understand, tolerance and peace.

    Legislation needs to be pushed through to create a buffer zone for the patients and the escorts in ya’lls state. You guys are AMAZING for putting up with this and persevering.

    • Hi, Oubli,

      Of course you’re right. It’s not really prayer. It’s an effort to use prayer as a tool of intimidation!

      I agree, in a way, that it would be nice to have pro-choice prayer on the sidewalk ~ except then it would be even worse than dueling pray-ers! A buffer zone would be ~~ oh, gosh, i can’t even imagine how cool that would be!!

      Thanks for commenting!

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