Freedom from religion: “Hurricanes Harvey and Irma expose the futility of prayer.”


As the local chain newspaper steadily ups its quotient of religious advocacy, I’m left with little choice except to escalate my own infidel’s counterweight.

Dan Barker is Co-President of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which is a national nonprofit dedicated to keeping state and church separate and educating the public about non-theism.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma expose the futility of prayer, by Dan Barker (Patheos)

“Pray for America’s protection from danger.”—Texas Governor Greg Abbott

“The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”—Robert G. Ingersoll

This year’s hurricane season proves beyond all doubt that nothing fails like prayer.

On Sunday, when the full force of Hurricane Irma was battering its way across the peninsula, Florida Governor Rick Scott desperately cried out, “Pray, pray for everybody in Florida.”

Did he forget? We’ve been there, done that. History shows us that nothing fails like prayer …