Friday, August 29, 2008

Focus on the Family Weather Magick Fails

In the lead-up to the Democratic National Convention, a video producer from James Dobson's Focus on the Family group asked their supporters to pray for rain during Barack Obama's acceptance speech. They failed, and what that says about them is pretty darn pitiful.

Prayer is magick, at least when you are using it to influence the material world. It really isn't any different than casting a spell except that it uses a less precise and disciplined method and as a result is less effective than real ceremonial techniques. What's pitiful about this is that among their supposed millions of supporters Focus on the Family couldn't find one decent weatherworker. That implies there may be way fewer people with magical ability in the religious conservative community than I had previously thought.

Weatherworking is not that rare a magical ability. I'm very good at it myself and I know a couple of others just within my circle of friends. I have no doubts that I could have made it rain last night in Denver if I chose to do so, but apparently nobody in Dobson's circle has the ability. You usually only need one to get the job done, especially if you are casting for specific weather on a specific day months away. The more time you have, the easier it is. And the convention date has been known since the beginning of primary season.

Something like one person in fifty or so has high magical aptitude, so in a large group there should be a lot of them, but it would seem that either this is not the case or that the form of prayer used is such a bad magical technique that it produces little effect. In the latter case, maybe a number of their members have the ability but are still unable to get good results.

Or, of course, the DNC could have its own weatherworkers who are a lot better at it than these yahoos.

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John said...

Nice post, Scott! If you liked "Pray for Rain", you'll love the parody video at YouTube: Pray for Diarrhea

Ananael Qaa said...

I was following Hurrican Gustav with the thought that it would be really ironic to see the storm making a beeline for Focus on the Family's Colorado Springs headquarters as it moved inland. At first it looked like it might but it went on to follow a more conventional course into Arkansas.

The storm would have broken up over Oklahoma before reaching Colorado, but such an atypical path would almost certainly be evidence of their weatherworking backfiring on them.