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Published: Sunday, Aug. 11 2013 12:13 a.m. MDT

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Daniel Leifker
San Francisco, CA

Several years ago I was facing surgery and was extremely nervous, even though it was a cosmetic procedure to fix a broken nose. As I lay in the gurney outside the operating room, I started to freak out and came very close to getting up, changing back into my regular clothes, and walking out the door and going home to avoid the surgery, even if the hospital billed me the full amount. Next to me, but separated by a curtain, was another patient facing a much more serious operation. His surgeon came out, chatted with him, and then held his hand and prayed. It was a Catholic hospital and I am not Catholic, but just hearing a surgeon express humility and goodwill toward his patient was very calming to me as an eavesdropper!

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

How much can a corporate hospital bill an insurance company for a 'medical prayer'?

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

"Should doctors pray with patients or take spirituality into account?"

Yes.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

Great story, Mind, body and spirit. Imagine, One nation under God.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@Hutterite

EVERY business big and small is a corporation, and prayers are free.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

I can't wait until my doctor tries to pray for/with me, or to anoint me with oil. I will hit him with a malpractice suit so quickly he will have to be treated for whiplash.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@A Scientist

Why would a doctor do that unless asked by some one who knows he has the priesthood?

Some get so silly in their attempts to attack the religious.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

the truth wrote:

"Why would a doctor do that unless asked by some one who knows he has the priesthood?"

I have seen Mormons on numerous occasions OFFER oil anointings and blessings to sick and injured people in hospitals and clinics.

Some get so silly in their assumptions that they are the epitome of their faith.

LittleStream
Carson City, NV

If I had to have surgery, I would love to have a prayer with my doctor. I also always make sure I get a blessing from my home teachers. I have had very few surgery's in my lifetime. So something is working.

the truth
Holladay, UT

@A Scientist

Missionaries are not doctors and are not taking their place,

They are simply performing ecclesiastical services and ordinances for those that want it.

I know it is hard to understand but faith and science are not mutually exclusive and can work hand in hand. And each has a part to play in our lives. Faith has a part after all we can do (medicine and doctors).

LetsDebate
PLEASANT GROVE, UT

@A Scientist - do you really believe suing a doctor for malpractice because he made a simple gesture to do something the overwhelming majority of people would consider an act of compassion (even if they were non-believers and declined the offer) is a reasonable reaction from a rational person? It sounds like the kind of thing an ignorant believer would claim that an atheist would do, and then get shouted down by atheists for spewing demeaning stereotypes.

Atheists come on these posts all the time and claim you don't need religion, or belief in a higher being, to be live a compassionate, civil, and fulfilling life that benefits and uplifts fellow men. I suspect you would make that same argument... yet you would be so infuriated at the simple offer of a prayer in your behalf by a doctor that you would sue him for malpractice? Now I know where the stereotypes come from.

Dan Maloy
Enid, OK

@ A Scientist - Provo, UT - "I can't wait until my doctor tries to pray for/with me, or to anoint me with oil. I will hit him with a malpractice suit so quickly he will have to be treated for whiplash."

Are you one of these compassionate, patient, unconditionally loving "let's all just hold hands and sing Kum-bay-yah together" religion-free liberals?

I mean, I keep hearing about them.

I just never see them....

The Scientist
Provo, UT

Dan Maloy wrote:

"@ A Scientist...Are you one of these compassionate, patient, unconditionally loving 'let's all just hold hands and sing Kum-bay-yah together,' religion-free liberals?"

Not at all. I have been a member of the Republican Party since I first registered to vote.

But I am not sure how your comment is relevant to the article.

Are you one of those compassionate, kind, loving "Christians" who loves his fellow man, and especially his enemies, as commanded by Jesus?

I keep hearing rumors of those, as well, but never see any in real life... especially not on DN comment boards.

The Scientist
Provo, UT

LetsDebate wrote:

"@A Scientist... Atheists come on these posts all the time and claim you don't need religion, or belief in a higher being, to be live a compassionate, civil, and fulfilling life that benefits and uplifts fellow men."

My morality and ethics as an atheist are so foreign to the distorted minds of believers, it is probably beyond your ability to comprehend it.

But let's turn it around. How would you feel if your atheist doctor, after examining your child for some reported stomach discomfort, sincerely offered to disabuse your child of the superstitious religious beliefs that he believed were at the root of the anxiety and depression your child was experiencing?

In other words, is it OK for an atheist doctor to attack your or your child's religious beliefs as part of medical practice?

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