If I lived there, even I would be praying that the news people leave. What a bunch of obnoxious asses.
Hey, religious people pray. Since the outcome of prayer is always undefined, they get to not only do the praying, but also do the hoping that their prayers will be answered and define at some level what that answer might be, via some arbitrary and capricious mental process. Some will have little experiences that they will interpret at answers and be happier.
From our perspective, it is nonsense. As is all of religion. But to expect the religious to avoid taking non-nonsensical action is asking way too much.
Despite their religious stances, my heart goes out to all of them. It is so, so sad. Even I wish that their prayers, whatever they may be, could be answered.
A loving god would give the kids back. A non-existent god would do nothing. Nuff said.