Often religious folk call themselves “prayer warriors.” Last time I checked, asking someone to do something for you does not make you a “warrior.”
Unlike actual warriors, you are not risking your life. You are not being courageous. It’s not about valor, honor, nor sacrifice. You are not a hero. You do not deserve a medal. Asking someone to do something for you makes you a beggar. The only thing beggars and warriors have in common is that both sometimes end up sleeping on the streets.
However, actual warriors, those who have served our country do not deserve to be beggars. But sometimes they do end up begging. They beg the VA to do their job and take care of them. They beg for money after being chewed up and spit out of a system that doesn’t care for them. They end up having to do things for themselves. They’re on their own. They are not getting help. And you’re not either.
That is the only thing you do and ever will have in common. You are not a “prayer warrior.” Stop trivializing the sacrifices of fallen heroes.
Jon D. Webster is the author of 10 Decisions I Could Have Made Better Than God: And Other Audacious Atheist Articles, Unreal News: A Collection of Satire, Blasphemy: Atheist Quotes and Essays By An Apostate, and Nothing Sacred: An Atheist Quote-A-Day Calendar.