Praying for an end to crime
October 24, 2012 12:48 PM   Subscribe

Winnipeg's acting chief of police, Devon Clunis, would like Winnipeggers of all faiths to pray for one another in order to help combat crime. While at least one person interviewed by the CBC likes the idea, saying that they left a life of crime after finding religion, ethicist Arthur Schafer says that Clunis should not be publicly advocating prayer while holding public office.
posted by asnider (7 comments total)

This post was deleted for the following reason: This seems like maybe not much of a thing, good-post-material-wise. -- cortex

But, but... what if people pray wrong?
posted by Malor at 12:53 PM on October 24, 2012

I always get a kick out of it when people doing something like this mention "people of all faiths", as if that somehow makes it inclusive of everyone. I'm sure that in their minds it does, but every time it happens I have to yell at my TV in a futile effort to make them realize they're wrong.
posted by kiltedtaco at 12:58 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

But, but... what if people pray wrong?

Lets me just get the fat of a hanged man on the night of the new moon and get back to you.
posted by The Whelk at 1:04 PM on October 24, 2012 [1 favorite]

That headline appears to be sensationalizing a few not-especially-remarkable quotes from an otherwise-completely-unremarkable interview. And ironically, the "ethicist" seems to be deliberately inflaming that sensationalism ("No one chose him to be police of our souls").

Weak, and flagged.
posted by cribcage at 1:04 PM on October 24, 2012

How many criminals regularly pray they don't get caught?
posted by oneswellfoop at 1:05 PM on October 24, 2012

I think we should refer to this kind of prayer against crime thing as Winnipegging. I am sure it will become extremely popular rather fast.
posted by elizardbits at 1:05 PM on October 24, 2012

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