There’s a wonderful Gospel hymn that goes “Jesus’ on the mainline. Tell him what you want.”
While that’s nice to hear in church, some people want a more tangible experience during the holidays. And according to the Topeka News in Kansas, the Lord will take your call now. As in, now.
Late for church? Stop by for prayer and confession. Denver Broncos sucking on the field in your opinion? Take a knee. Whatever your need, state your plead. Not that this is a new marketing strategy. Just saying.
“It is therapeutic, that is how we lobbied them through city council,” local pastor Reverend Miles Collier reports. ”We said these prayer booths are not just for Christians, but for any person to take a break to close their eyes, ask out loud for what they need in life and just take a break from it all. It is like having a free counseling session.”
And, if you ask Kansas City PD, the Rev. is onto something. Crime is decreasing in the inner city since these booths have been installed. Wait until you see the instructions, after the jump…
You can imagine public prayer booths will attract the malevolent ire of the ACLU, so Collier noted that the booths come with specific — and universally reliable — instructions. To avoid legal trouble, advisers insisted a disclaimer of religious intent and public safety be installed in each booth. Of course, they did.
For that “Coexist” bridge, there are several acceptable ways to use the booth. After the kneelbar is lowered, the caller is to position himself or herself within, to not impede others around them. After issuing their ‘prayer’, the caller is asked to return the kneelbar to an upright position. You know, just like tables on a plane, only without the anointing oil and rosary beads.
Of course, ne’er-do-wells can’t be trusted, so they get a shout out as well in the finer print, “While ‘religious’ actions, or others, may take place within these prayer booths, it is clear to not condone such actions or require such actions.”