Public prayer has its place but one has to be careful not to pollute the act with anything that upstages pious motives. It’s all too easy to become proud (“Look at holy me!) or, worse, to use prayer calculatingly, as the moral garment for a political message rather than a sincere conversation with God. Therefore, when Alinskyian organizations put out press releases or chat with reporters about the prayer vigils they’re organizing for political ends, one is – excuse me – a tad cynical. There may be sincere worshippers in the crowd but a media event qua “prayer” is just smarmy.