Pray the Crime Away

Winnipeg has just hired a new police chief to lead its 1,850 officers. Devon Clunis has been a member of the force since 1987 and has served in nearly all capacities since then. His list of duties should give him an excellent grasp of the complexities of police work at all levels.

uniform patrol, traffic, plainclothes investigation, community relations, organizational development, and duty office, as well as a number of administrative leadership roles.

Clunis’ current assignment is overseeing the service’s development support branch, which encompasses four divisions.

He has also overseen the development of an in-house leadership development program for newly-promoted police officers.

There may be some who feel that an outsider may have new insights to help attack the chronic problems in Winnipeg, I really can’t say. However, from some of his statements, Clunis has demonstrated how he is uniquely disqualified for the position.

“I’m a little tired of us…being ‘[the] murder capital of Canada,'” says Devon Clunis, who was appointed chief of police at the beginning of October. “People consistently say, ‘How are you going to solve that?’ It’s not simply going to be because we’re going to go out there and police it away. I truly believe that prayer will be a significant piece of that.”

“What would happen if we all just truly—I’m talking about all religious stripes here—started praying for the peace of this city and then actually started putting some action behind that?” he adds. “I believe something phenomenal is going to happen in our city. I truly believe it’s coming. I don’t think I’ve arrived at this position just by chance.”

This is a not a new approach to problems, and it has failed in every instance where it has been tried.  Prayer didn’t end the drought in Texas, nor did it end the deluge in Ireland. None of the prayers to end conquest, war, famine , and death over the past 2,000 odd years have had any effect whatsoever.

Clunis attributes his own success to his god:

I believe without a shadow of a doubt the only reason that I am in this position is because God is involved in it. Without a shadow of a doubt.”

I don’t care. He can attribute his success to wearing shoes a size too small or the rabbit’s foot in his pocket. It’s a personal superstition and doesn’t impact anyone else. This is different. His idea that prayer can somehow magically transform the criminals in Winnipeg to be kinder and gentler in their treatment of others is just foolishness. It’s doesn’t just affect him, it affects every resident of the city, and not in a good way.

If his management leads to lower crime rates, that’s terrific. I just hope he relies on that rather than prayer, or Winnipeg is fucked.

via The Friendly Atheist.

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One Response to Pray the Crime Away

  1. Judy says:

    I think all the bad guys now will pray they don’t get caught!
    – your local friendly Winnipeg curmudgeon

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