August 30, 2010

If It Makes You Feel Better...

When Christopher Hitchens is asked by Anderson Cooper in this interview whether he tells people not to pray for him, he responds that he does not.
If it makes you feel better, you have my blessing.
That is an interesting perspective. Of course, nobody is going to stop those who want to pray from doing so. Asking someone not to pray for you seems unlikely to change their behavior precisely because the prayer is really for them and not for you. On the other hand, it seems like this might be a brief teachable moment to point out that one does not believe in magic.

What do you think? Would you respond like he does, and if not, what would you say instead?