Do prayers get noticed? It depends on who prays.

I don’t like using World Nut Net Daily as a source. All it’s good for is scoffs and mockery, in my mind. Still, allow me to try and take this latest headline at face value.

According to WND today, 60,000 gathered in Times Square yesterday for a great big Christian Pray-In and apparently nobody noticed. Nobody in the media at any rate. It was called Prayer in the Square and went for an hour.

Event organizers from Time Square Church had expected some 15,000. But their expectations were far exceeded at the third event of its kind in the last three years.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who helped the church cut through the red tape necessary to hold such an event, addressed the crowd.

“It’s a little strange for me to be up here,” he said. “I’m a Jew. But I just celebrated Rosh Hoshana, our new year. So I guess it’s appropriate for me to wish you all a happy new year.”

Despite the magnitude of the event, no major media covered it – even in the center of the media world on a slow news day.

More than 200 churches joined with the Times Square Church in promoting the rally to pray for the city and the nation.

Aren’t Muslims gathering in D.C. tomorrow to pray for the country? Your rally had no chance of getting noticed under the dark weight of that impending doom, and doom it must certainly be for the Christian mainstream in charge of most of what makes America so annoying great.

I quote from Charismamag:

Abdellah, who is African-American, said President Obama’s words at his inauguration, describing the U.S. as a nation of Christians, Muslims, Jews, Hindus and nonbelievers, and his speech this summer in Egypt seeking to build bridges with the Muslim world led him and a New Jersey imam to begin discussing the idea.

“He’s articulated a position that’s consistent with the Constitution of the United States, that there would be no discrimination based on race, religion, national origin,” he said. “That was inspirational. He used passages that are more Islamic-friendly than cause tension and intimidation.”

Some Christians also are mobilizing to pray on that day. An e-mail circulating virally calls for Christians to oppose what they see as Islam’s growing influence on the U.S. through prayer.

“If ever we needed to be crying out for mercy for America, it is now,” the e-mail reads. “We must stand strong and speak Truth wherever we are and at every given opportunity. … May there be multitudes come in to the kingdom of God while there is yet time.”

Abdellah said he doesn’t understand why Christians would object to Muslims praying. “What is there to fear about that?” he said. “Nobody’s praying for any destruction? We’re praying for reconciliation and that people get along.”

But Nigerian minister Mosy Magdugba believes the Muslim prayer gathering is part of a spiritual battle for the soul of the nation. In an e-mail, the leader of Spiritual Life Outreach in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, called on Christians to fast from midnight Sept.25 until the Muslim prayer event ends at 7 p.m.

“It is warfare time,” Magdugba wrote. “Do not joke with this. If Christians fail to frustrate this game plan in the spirit, you will regret the outcome.”

Florida resident Karen Leach agrees, saying she plans to fast and pray on Sept. 25 because she sees the event as a subtle form of “cultural jihad.”

“I’m very distressed,” Leach said. “I’m distressed when I read the statement, ‘We want to show America how we pray.’ … I feel that any kind of prayer speaks into the heavenly realms. So I feel if they’re going to be speaking into the heavenly realm into the forces of darkness, I want to speak into the forces of light.”

I bold that which interests me. I’m sure Abdellah hopes that everyone who gathers will be praying for what he says they want. I’m also sure many of them will be praying for the very thing that’s already freaking out these quoted Christians, though.

This is why religions need to go. They don’t interlock very neatly. They don’t fit nicely side by side like puzzle pieces of a multicultural world. They’re in each other’s way like two large men trying to share one little prison cell. Only the large men are really large groups of men and women and the prison cell is their own damn country. Somebody is going to get shanked one of these days and the blood is going to fall on everyone.

If prayer worked, that is a day I would pray not to see happen. Ever.

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