Anglican Samizdat

February 1, 2009

Punishing Prayer

Filed under: Christianity — David Jenkins @ 8:53 pm

Prayer, the ultimate in political incorrectness:Add an Image

Nurse suspended for offering to pray for elderly patient’s recovery.

A nurse has been suspended from her job for offering to pray for an elderly patient’s recovery from illness.

Caroline Petrie, a committed Christian, has been accused by her employers of failing to demonstrate a “personal and professional commitment to equality and diversity”.

She faces disciplinary action and could lose her job over the incident.

Mrs Petrie, a married mother of two, says she has been left shocked and upset by the action taken against her.

She insists she has never forced her own religious beliefs on anyone but politely inquired if the elderly patient wanted her to pray for her – either in the woman’s presence or after the nurse had left the patient’s home.

“I simply couldn’t believe that I have been suspended over this. I knew I hadn’t done anything wrong. All I am trying to do is help my patients, many of whom want me to pray for them,” she said.

To sum this up:

Caroline Petrie did not thrust her beliefs on anyone; she merely offered to pray.

I believe that God answers prayer and sometimes heals people; even if I didn’t, if I were dying, I would probably be willing to give it a try. A patient was taken aback, not offended by the offer. The administration leapt into action; one that is liable to prevent anyone else from giving prayer a try.

The barking mad administration thinks that equality is more important than even the possibility of being healed, so it kicks out anyone who prays. The fact that because a person prays shows that she must actually care for the patients, is beside the point. Better to let everyone die – equally.



  1. Equality means access to Wiccans, Native tribal rites and Far Eastern practices. Make no mistake, Christianity is under institutional attack everywhere.

    Comment by Jim Muirhead — February 2, 2009 @ 7:42 am

  2. When my daughter was stillborn at 38 weeks, I was wheeled out of the hospital, carrying the memory box with her clothes and things in it. I was wearing a cross, and the nurse pointed at it and said “I believe in this, do you?”. She said other things, which I forget now, but I remember being comforted by them. What a shame to create a climate of fear such that those things can’t be said. Why couldn’t folk just be sensible and say “No thanks, I am not a Christian?”. That is what I would say if a Hindu offered to pray for me – “No thanks, I am not Hindu”.

    Comment by Kate — February 4, 2009 @ 9:17 am

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