Prayers to Jake website has died...
It is with great sadness that I announce the death of a website that is near and dear to my heart. Sadly PrayersToJake.com is now owned by an asian outlet with the interest of capitalizing on the power of the domain name. Jake lost focus for a minute there and it got stolen. You may already know that Jake has been taking some time away from kicking ass on the internet. He put atheistnetwork.com to sleep a few months back.
His site atheistnetwork.com is where I became an atheist primarily because of his line of questioning. His site will always be important to me, and thankfully he hasn't lost that domain. His knowledge, time, effort, and level headed approach has changed me immeasurably. The clarity and patience that he had while volunteering for him in my first few years of activism is something I'll remember forever. He is like no other man I know, and at times the many people who knew him on his message board would consider him worthy of prayer.
A legend grew that he was godly. People started praying to Jake, I'm sure there was an early thread call "Pray to Jake" and people did in fact do so. I promise you, atheists literally prayed to Jake. People reported their findings and prayers were in fact answered. I had several instances where I was spooked by how helpful Jake was in answering my prayers. Jake bought the domain and I slapped a website on it to bring more people into the prayers to Jake club.
On this site, I've referred to prayerstojake.com many times. I'll miss it. But I won't miss praying to Jake. From time to time I will allow myself to pretend. I will allow myself to pray to a man that has helped make me who I am. It might have a calming effect for me. And when my prayer is answered, I'll allow myself to pretend that maybe Jake answered my prayer, even while knowing that he didn't.
May all your prayers to Jake be answered.
Jake has youtube videos addressing religion here: http://www.youtube.com/user/chronicbudha