Greetings, Mr. Apostate! I notice you haven't been active at Atheist Nexus since April. <sigh> Sometimes it can seem a bit fragmented, with different groups for every interest. Please consider a group for socializing, where we talk about whatever's on our minds, Hang With Friends. :D You might feel more at home.
Yeah mon, the way town has become Babyloni at night and thet call themselves Christian. STX needs a huge paradigm switch to make young men become responsible for there existence. It will start with the parents and education.
I guess the prays didn't work. I think they should have followed the immortal words of Daniel Dennet who while lying sick had this to say about his friends and well wishers:
"But I am not joking when I say that I have had to forgive my friends who said that they were praying for me. I have resisted the temptation to respond "Thanks, I appreciate it, but did you also sacrifice a goat?" I feel about this the same way I would feel if one of them said "I just paid a voodoo doctor to cast a spell for your health." What a gullible waste of money that could have been spent on more important projects! Don't expect me to be grateful, or even indifferent. I do appreciate the affection and generosity of spirit that motivated you, but wish you had found a more reasonable way of expressing it."
So I respond in kind maybe the question should have been asked of Thompson's prayer teams, "....did you also sacrifice a goat". Maybe they found an equal ineffective way to express their sympathies.