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(Jacksonville Journal-Courier)   Illinois town gathers to pray for jobs. "Just watch, we will see results."   (myjournalcourier.com ) divider line 298
    More: Stupid, Lord's Prayer, JoAnna Caldwell, prayers, Salvation Army, Alan Bradish  
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2010-01-01 07:41:13 PM  
Are they going out and looking for jobs, doing things to increase their chances of getting hired. Are they willing to accept a lower paying or harder job until a better one can be found?

Or are they just tossing coins into a fountain, putting a job application under their pillow at night, wishing on a star?

/did not RTFA
 
2010-01-01 07:44:07 PM  
FTA...Mayor Andy Ezard and Salvation Army caseworker Alan Bradish were among about eight people in attendance as Caldwell shouted out her prayers to improve conditions.


That's a really small town, submitter.
 
2010-01-01 07:46:09 PM  
Forget it, Jake- it's Jacksonville.
 
2010-01-01 07:47:14 PM  
Instead of spreading ideas about how they might be able to pool resources and start something together that would benefit the group financially, they opt to pray.

Whew.
 
2010-01-01 07:48:33 PM  
I'm praying for the sun to come up tomorrow.

You just watch, it'll happen.
 
2010-01-01 07:51:38 PM  

Kyosuke: I'm praying for the sun to come up tomorrow.

You just watch, it'll happen.


Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!
 
2010-01-01 07:53:58 PM  
"There are so many people who come to this very location to exchange money for services," Bradish said. "And we pray [God] breathes life in this very place."

i'm not sure that you were praying to the God you think you were praying too....
 
2010-01-01 08:35:53 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Bet your bottom dollar
That tomorrow
There'll be sun!


Aaaarrrrgh.

/must clear this out with something, anything, else on the iPod...
 
2010-01-01 08:39:57 PM  

Raharu: Are they going out and looking for jobs, doing things to increase their chances of getting hired. Are they willing to accept a lower paying or harder job until a better one can be found?


100% serious though, I always thought that was the reason amulets actually work. I used to get those "success in studying" amulets from temples every year, and hang them on my bag. But the point was, seeing it there, made me think, yeah, I'm going to pass this test, I'm going to get smart, I'm going to study really hard, I can just imagine myself passing it. Seeing it was a reminder to study, with pleasant associations, and the endless wishing kept me sitting there at the desk.

/nerd
 
2010-01-01 08:57:13 PM  
Blessed are the cheese makers.
 
2010-01-01 09:30:42 PM  
I'm starting to pray for spring. I think it's going to take a little while, but I know I will have results.
 
2010-01-01 09:40:20 PM  
But if their prayers are successful, that would mean Jesus would have to take control of the US economy to generate jobs...given Jesus's radical views, that could lead to socialism.
 
2010-01-01 09:47:17 PM  

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PRAY FOR JOBS

 
2010-01-01 09:54:16 PM  
I am so glad I live in Chicago and not Illinois.
 
2010-01-01 09:56:25 PM  
gods4suckers.net
 
2010-01-01 09:56:27 PM  

Weaver95: i'm not sure that you were praying to the God you think you were praying too....


Mmmmm... Mammon...
 
2010-01-01 09:58:15 PM  

cryinoutloud: I'm starting to pray for spring. I think it's going to take a little while, but I know I will have results.


www.cartuningpoint.com

/warm
 
2010-01-01 09:59:30 PM  
Somebody start taking data from the prayer group and a control group of non-prayerers so we can see what the stats are on job-finding with prayer versus without.

Then we can scientifically discuss the ramifications of prayer when it comes to unemployment.

It's really the only sensible option. Otherwise people will just keep on praying for stuff with an expectation that it might actually happen.
 
2010-01-01 09:59:40 PM  

itazurakko: Raharu: Are they going out and looking for jobs, doing things to increase their chances of getting hired. Are they willing to accept a lower paying or harder job until a better one can be found?

100% serious though, I always thought that was the reason amulets actually work. I used to get those "success in studying" amulets from temples every year, and hang them on my bag. But the point was, seeing it there, made me think, yeah, I'm going to pass this test, I'm going to get smart, I'm going to study really hard, I can just imagine myself passing it. Seeing it was a reminder to study, with pleasant associations, and the endless wishing kept me sitting there at the desk.

/nerd


Just curious ... I couldn't readily identify the religion ... Judaism?
 
2010-01-01 10:00:55 PM  
Praying is just as likely to create jobs as the Bush/Obama stimulus packages.
 
2010-01-01 10:01:15 PM  

ParaHandy: Just curious ... I couldn't readily identify the religion ... Judaism?


Apple Cult. F*cking fanatics.
 
2010-01-01 10:01:22 PM  

jaytkay: I am so glad I live in Chicago and not Illinois.


Some people dont understand this. I do.
 
2010-01-01 10:02:16 PM  
No. No. No. You pray to win the lottery, so you don't need a job. Morans!!
 
2010-01-01 10:02:54 PM  
"I was laying in bed and I heard God say, 'Go pray in the plaza,'" Caldwell said. "So I figured I'd get people out here with me."

So God is already aware of the problem, but he refuses to do anything about it unless people pray in the plaza? I see.
 
2010-01-01 10:03:02 PM  
This is so unfunny. This is reason #8975292 why religion is a toxic meme that needs to be eradicated with extreme prejudice.

The next time one of you christers asks "What's the harm?" in religion or says "Live and let live," I will point you to a bunch of people standing in a circle waving their hands in the air and talking to an imaginary being, rather than CREATING VALUE and seeking to better themselves in the REAL WORLD.

/Religious people give me high blood pressure
//I need a drink.
 
2010-01-01 10:04:11 PM  
I work in Jacksonville, IL so I'm getting a kick etc.
 
2010-01-01 10:04:26 PM  
Sounds like Obamanomics except there is a bunch of atheists praying that it works.
 
2010-01-01 10:04:43 PM  
Keep praying. It keeps the tailor in mending jobs for a while.
 
2010-01-01 10:04:48 PM  

TheSignPost: Somebody start taking data from the prayer group and a control group of non-prayerers so we can see what the stats are on job-finding with prayer versus without.

Then we can scientifically discuss the ramifications of prayer when it comes to unemployment.

It's really the only sensible option. Otherwise people will just keep on praying for stuff with an expectation that it might actually happen.


I pray for X to happen.

X happens: Hooray, its a miracle! God loves me!
X doesn't happen: Sometimes God answers prayers by saying no.

Religious people are masters of rationalization.
 
2010-01-01 10:04:51 PM  
www.cslacker.com
 
2010-01-01 10:05:44 PM  

TheSignPost: Then we can scientifically discuss the ramifications of prayer when it comes to unemployment.It's really the only sensible option. Otherwise people will just keep on praying for stuff with an expectation that it might actually happen.


Prayer has been discredited in scientific studies repeatedly. There is no repeatable evidence that it helps, and some studies to suggest that it makes things worse.

I'm too lazy, but do a quick google scholar search for "efficacy of prayer." Get ready to cry, though, because you also get a few articles written by christer-crazies.
 
2010-01-01 10:05:54 PM  
And they wonder why they're unemployed.
 
2010-01-01 10:06:03 PM  

Kyosuke: I'm praying for the sun to come up tomorrow.

You just watch, it'll happen.


cryinoutloud: I'm starting to pray for spring. I think it's going to take a little while, but I know I will have results.


And that'll be the logic they use. Eventually the economy will improve and they'll be convinced they did it.
 
2010-01-01 10:09:25 PM  
"I was laying in bed and I heard God say, 'Go pray in the plaza,'" Caldwell said. "So I figured I'd get people out here with me."

"He" meant supplicate yourself to appear to be begging, because God obviously isn't doing jack. Do you really expect a supposed omnipotent being is waiting until you were on the border of consciousness, mind rife with concerns about unemployment, to give you a petty little task to feed his narcissism before signing loans to help small businesses?
 
2010-01-01 10:09:50 PM  
USA! USA! Personal responsibility! USA!
 
2010-01-01 10:10:34 PM  

OgreMagi: Praying is just as likely to create jobs as the Bush/Obama stimulus packages.


came here for this
 
2010-01-01 10:11:21 PM  
slow night at work, this ought to be a good one to watch.
 
2010-01-01 10:12:11 PM  

jaytkay: I am so glad I live in Chicago and not Illinois.


Well, we do live in the capital of IL.
 
2010-01-01 10:12:11 PM  
miscellanea.wellingtongrey.net
/hot and oh so true.
 
2010-01-01 10:12:50 PM  
I'm currently praying for a blow job so I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2010-01-01 10:13:02 PM  

rackrent: PRAY FOR JOBS


Who is that guy he looks healthy
 
2010-01-01 10:13:27 PM  
My old home town making us all proud one more time.
 
2010-01-01 10:13:53 PM  
Oh noes!! Free people are using their free time to practice their freedom of religion!! Let's bash them and smugly discuss how idiots like this should be wiped from the face of the earth!
 
2010-01-01 10:13:54 PM  

brandnewchair: jaytkay: I am so glad I live in Chicago and not Illinois.

Some people dont understand this. I do.


I find it well-nigh inescapable, if you've ever been to both places.
 
2010-01-01 10:14:37 PM  
I pray for sex every night
 
2010-01-01 10:14:54 PM  

jaytkay: I am so glad I live in Chicago and not Illinois.


This.

Downstate Illinois is really just North Kentucky.
 
2010-01-01 10:14:55 PM  

crazyeddie: This is so unfunny. This is reason #8975292 why religion is a toxic meme that needs to be eradicated with extreme prejudice.

The next time one of you christers asks "What's the harm?" in religion or says "Live and let live," I will point you to a bunch of people standing in a circle waving their hands in the air and talking to an imaginary being, rather than CREATING VALUE and seeking to better themselves in the REAL WORLD.

/Religious people give me high blood pressure
//I need a drink.


I wonder how many of them, while there for seven minutes, didn't put together a support group so they could help each other out to find jobs or such. I bet they just stood there, heads bowed, doing absolutely farking nothing, and waited for something to happen.

It's pathetic.
 
2010-01-01 10:16:07 PM  
api.ning.com
 
2010-01-01 10:16:53 PM  

GonadtheBarbarian: Oh noes!! Free people are using their free time to practice their freedom of religion!! Let's bash them and smugly discuss how idiots like this should be wiped from the face of the earth!


Listen douchebag, you are free to believe whatever nonsense you want, but don't be surprised when we mock you for it. IT IS DESERVING OF RIDICULE because it is ridiculous. If they were worshipping Dannon Yogurt and praying to the Yogurt God for a job, you would have every right to laugh at them. Hand waving and dancing and talking to yourself is not an effective solution to any real-world problem. Stop encouraging them.
 
2010-01-01 10:16:57 PM  
Devil's Advocate time.

Newsflash: People pray during hard times or periods of strife.

If it's something one doesn't believe in, that's just fine. But whatever helps give them hope and probably inspires them to become more proactive in improving their conditions.
 
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