McAlister discusses imprecatory prayer and what she calls “aggressive prayer” in the Haitian communities she studies, in relation to the World Cup, President Barack Obama, and other small scale incidents such as sickness, layoffs, or theft.
Negative prayer is actually quite common. And praying for harm to befall another — called “imprecatory prayer” — is by no means the exclusive domain of tribal religions in the developing world. Some American evangelicals also have participated in high-profile prayer campaigns aimed at bringing adversity to others.
You can read the full piece here.