Well ain’t this cute.
Excoriating Jessica Ahlquist is not going to accomplish anything positive. What will help is for all believers to offer up to God their prayers, fasts and other sacrifices for her conversion and that of all atheists, especially during Lent. Small sacrifices add up. Forgo a candy bar, a new blouse, etc. God may have allowed this controversy for a reason — for Jessica’s conversion. We are his tools; let him use us. God is in charge!
She’s not praying that the true, true believers who are making Jessica’s life miserable will let up, but praying that Jessica will become just like them. Sure, followers of Christ have threatened her life repeatedly and done everything in their power to make her miserable in the hopes that they will get to keep breaking the law by breaking her spirit, but perhaps if some believers now decide not to eat a candy bar perhaps Jessica will decide she wants to emulate her tormenters.
Pray until you’re blue in the face. If god’s goal was to convert Jessica, his followers fucked that one up something fierce. You know what would be a great way for god to convert Jessica? For god to come down and confirm his existence. That would even save the religious the task of defending the absurd to people like me. Then he could even apologize to Jessica for not getting onto his followers during her ordeal.
Or you could save a dollar not buying a Snickers. Y’know, that could work almost as well as evidence.