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Do I Believe That Prayer Can Prevent Disasters? N0!

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George Stephanopoulos must have thought that he was moderating the Republican debate when he asked the stupid question about prayer.  That goes along with the question that Chris Matthews asked the Republicans about whether they believed in evolution.  Remarkably, 3 Republicans admitted that they believe in creationism.  I wonder what goes on in the heads of these so-called news anchors.   

30 years ago these questions would have been as ridiculous as asking the candidates if they believed in Santa Claus.  Yet today, these types of questions have managed to become mainstream.  The idea that a belief in prayer preventing bad things from happening is outrages and ridiculous, especially for those who are seeking the Presidency.  Is middle-aged thinking having a new Renaissance to the days of witches and mysticism and the most outlandish beliefs in superstition? I suggest that the moderators stick to questions that have to do with real tangible issues that we humans can solve ourselves. 

This abdication of all our human responsibilities to god not only is wrong, but it also leaves the human condition with a sense of powerlessness.  There are lots of things that we have no control over.  But, we should not abdicate our responsibility to the invisible man in the sky.  I have 2 quotes for those who believe in the power of prayer as prevention of bad things:  “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s” --The Gospels  "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I     can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr, The Serenity Prayer 

Speaking of praying to prevent bad things from happening, I will now pray that Bush and Cheney resign. 


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Sheldon Drobny was the co-founder of Nova M radio and Air America Radio. He has supported many philanthropic causes. Mr. Drobny specializes in business and tax matters and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Tax Court as a non-attorney. Less (more...)

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