...while fervent believers bleat and wail about "witchcraft," à la "Harry Potter" for example, the typical prayer represents mere voodoo and witchcraft itself, as the person praying is attempting to affect supernaturally some aspect of life, whether it be a global concern or a personal worry, such as the status of an "unsaved" loved one. In other words, the Christian who fervently prays for the soul of another, haughtily believing that he or she is "saved" and superior to the subject of the prayer, and therefore has a direct pipeline to the "right" God, is little different from the Pagan or the Wiccan, despite fallacious claims otherwise, except that the intent of the modern Pagan or Wiccan seldom seems to be one of conceit and arrogance.

Curiosity requires us to ask what Muslims are praying for five times a day? World peace? Global domination? To top the next guy over in a business deal? What kind of God needs this sort of prayer several times daily? If God is omniscient, "he" already knows what we want and need. Praying to him becomes an exercise in futility, in essence a very potent form of mind control. If God were real and omniscient, this pesky behavior could be deemed obnoxious and disrespectful, unless this god is a giant sadist and egotist in need of constant exaltation, praise, groveling and so on. In that case, however, such a creature could not possibly be considered God. The bottom line, then, is that prayer for the sake of pleasing a god several times a day is completely unnecessary and useless. Indeed, a case could be made that such prayer is insulting and disrespectful to God, presuming he needs it for either egotistical purposes or because he is in reality not omniscient and therefore does not already know what we need. Under such circumstances, prayer would be ungodly and unholy, especially several times a day....