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Why are people unhappy\upset when they read someone is praying because of a tragic event?
If a person does not believe in God, why would it matter if someone prays and posts something general to that affect? I see people doing things in the name of better health and lots of wealth that I know will not bring such, but that does not mean I ask them to stop. It makes them feel good, and is not dangerous so go with it. Prayer seems to touch a different nerve, even if you do not believe in an god, why is that?
Why are people unhappy about prayer: because they are bigoted and intolerant of anything to do with religion. It is sheer narrow mindedness, scrooge like meaness plus piddly small hearts.
The answer to your question is unfortunately very ugly inhumane behaviour.
I think, in the context of what's happened the past couple of weeks, the objection is not to prayer, but to praying in lieu of taking action. It's fine to pray for the victims of mass killings and terrorism, but perhaps prayer isn't the most effective means to put an end to the violence.
Don't look at it so much an objection to prayer, but as a desire for all those on their knees to rise up, and take action to prevent any further violence.
I believe the anger comes from a belief that prayer is taking the place of action. When some read "Sending prayers" they assume that the one making the post is using prayer in the place of action. Sometimes this is true, I have met those who do use prayer in the place of action. Sometimes the person is offering is prayer, because it is all they can do. Other times the person is offering prayer, but later they are able to help in other ways.
I understand the anger, but I would encourage those who feel this anger to remember that they do not know the whole story.
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