Carnes: Paying for prayers a delusional alternative
According to the most recent version of the proposed health care bill, American Muslims who pray to Allah five times a day ( in the direction of Mecca) will be eli-gible for “prayer mat” reimbursement up to two times each year, as long as their mat can be proven to have acceptable amounts of ” wear and tear” along the edges ( from repeated folding) and constant knee placement.
“As long as they believe Allah will provide good health through prayer, it should be a covered expense,” submits Abdullah Akbar, proponent and leader of the National Association for Muslims Believing in Legitimizing Allah ( NAMBLA).
In response, Christian Sci-entist and senator Orrin G.
Hatch ( R- Utah) has slipped in a provision that would allow “prayer treatments” to be a legal substitute for medical treat-ments, while at the same time prohibiting discrimination against ” religious and spiritual health care.”
Phil Davis, a senior Christian Science Church official, claims prayer treatment is an effective alternative to convention-al health care and currently charges patients up to $ 40 for a prayer session, for which he believes they should be reimbursed by government- backed insurance.
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” We’ll talk to them ( the ‘patients’) about their relationship to God. We refer to it as treatment. It’s an affirmation of their relationship with God and the understanding that comes from their prayer of their relationship with God.”
Hard to believe, right? It’s almost as if I’m making this stuff up.
The saddest part, aside from the bio-logical fact that people such as this are capable of breeding, is that Akbar, Hatch and Davis actually believe such science-free drivel.
I guarantee media- driven buffoons such as Sarah ( stop makin’ stuff up!) Palin and Glenn ( The Garden of Eden in is Mis-souri!) Beck will be all over this nonsense quicker than Ann Coulter can uncross her legs at a Sean ( My God loves America!) Hannity pep rally.
Seriously, who else falls for this foolishness?
Every single scientific study ( the real peer- reviewed type stuff, not the biased, pre-determined- outcome babble) has proven there is no medical benefit whatsoever from any type of faith- based healing.
Every single instance of sci-entific testing has shown prayer, along with finding chakras, carrying a rabbit’s foot, sitting under a pyramid and psychic surgery, to name only a few, has the same effect on whether a cancer patient lives or dies as it does on whether or not Brandon Mar-shall scores a touchdown or Eagle River Station is voted down.
Although demonstrably true that faith-based healing of any sort is an oxymoron if there ever was one, high-positioned elected officials now want to use tax dol-lars to fund it?
Pay for prayer, or WWJC ( What Would Jesus Charge), would open Pandora’s oversized closet for any nutcase claiming to heal the sick using whatever type of magic they happen to believe at that point in time but, in reality, would only cause even further suffering for the sick through its immoral drain on tax dollars. Hopefully, it will be wiped clean from the final- final proposal, if there ever is one. And oh, before I forget and for those naive enough up front, I made up the part about Muslim prayer mats.
Everything else is sadly factual.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes a col-umn for the Daily. He can be reached at poor@ vail. net.