Xeni Jardin at 6:04 am Mon, Nov 5, 2012
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OMG hahahahaha I haven’t seen a funnier thing in a while! It’s like a parody, they can’t be serious!
The nonsense talking points and the fake science is compelling enough, but the site is way too graphically clean to be convincing. They need more animated gifs of angels and crude paintings of praying children.
Did you know that … patients who had a group pray for them, even without their knowledge, show positive effects by healing faster or better in 57% of studies?
Tossing a coin? How does it work?
57% of studies =/= 57% of patients.
Oops. Well, that’s what I get for trying to be clever.
I couldn’t help but notice that with the graphical panels connected by lines, this site kinda uses some of Scott McCloud’s early ideas about digital comics!
I wish they would’ve kept science out of it. Many positive studies have been debunked and the most comprehensive study found no effect whatsoever http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=all
I get that this is satire, but that blurb on the site looks like it was meant to be taken seriously.
They linked to many studies, none of which backup the claim they make:
The relationship between religious activities and blood pressure in older adults.
Attendance at religious services, interleukin-6, and other biological parameters of immune function in older adults.
Positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer in a coronary care unit population.
RELIGIOUS INVOLVENMENT AND U.S. ADULT MORALITY
Lack of Social Participation or Religious Strength and Comfort as Risk Factorsfor Death After Cardiac Surgery in the Elderly
The only one making a claim to remote prayer is this one:
The efficacy of “distant healing”: a systematic review of randomized trials.
Which itself admits doesn’t have solid findings.
LOL, they forgot to put a donations link beside a cartoon collection plate, for those gullible enough to still believe it’s sincere.
Damn, why didn’t I think of that first? I’ve been kicking myself for not fleecing money from idiots ever since someone beat me to the Pet Rocks boondoggle.
Sure do feel sorry for that mail-clad knight…poor sod p’bly spent all of his prayer-time begging that he wouldn’t go over the side of the galley he was stuck on during the naval Battle of Lepanto.
Because presidential elections are just like the Ottoman invasions.
Death by footstool seems an apt metaphor for American elections.
Sadly, I don’t think this Romney one is: http://www.isromneytheantichrist.com/the-proof/
It must be a joke site. Read the comment at the end:
“Adolf Kochsukkar on November 5, 2012 at 6:47 am said:
YESH! IS ANTICHRIST IS ANTICHRIST!!!
I KNOW BEAUSE WHERE I COME FROM (Tauberbischofsheim), THEY EDUCATE ME IN
CHURCH GROUP (romney is death)ABOUT HIS DONE DOINGSS AND NOT DONES
PREPARE FOR NUCLEAR WAR CHILDS, DO NOT BE BLINDED BY HIS CHARISMA AND
HOT BODDEY AND FAICE (even though is so hard, bvecause is he cuteeyy)
WITH ALL MYY GERMANN LUV
Prayer is more effective than voting! Romney fans should support him by staying home Tuesday and devoting themselves to prayer.
I’d share this but it’s all to similar to “A leading university study concluded that dead people who were baptized–in absentia–without their knowledge or consent–show positive effects with 57% more heavens to choose from…”
Tinyface Romney has a creepy laugh: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIHiUcP2qy0&feature=plcp
Sure, this is satire, but this thing is actually occurring. My grandmother’s church held an enormous rally last night to “pray for the election,” but everyone was of course encouraged to pray for a Romney win, with no objections from the congregation. I think we need to take another look at tax exemption for religious institutions. They’re gaming the system.
Every Republican should spend the entire day of Tues., Nov. 6, in their private praying closets praying that God will put Romney into the White House.After all, if they truly believe that it is God’s will that Romney be President, they certainly don’t need to take the time out from praying to do something so mundane as standing in line to vote!
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