Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, is a special habit of American Christians, though other Christians in other countries use it too. Both Dan Barker and Jerry DeWitt, once evangelical preachers, told me recently that although they’re now diehard atheists, they sometimes still speak in tongues when they’re alone, for they find it relaxing.
The Jesus and Mo artist highlights this practice in today’s strip:
Here’s a real example (there are many on YouTube), showing evangelist Anita Fuentes speaking in tongues. I can see how one might find this relaxing, like a mantra uttered during meditation. It’s certainly not a real language, as linguists have analyzed these utterances and found no semantic structure.