After The San Bernardino Shooting: What’s Wrong With Prayer?

After The San Bernardino Shooting: What’s Wrong With Prayer?

In the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, why are liberals mocking prayer from conservative lawmakers?

This is hardly new. Priding themselves on their secularism, they somehow see religion as anathema to good government.

Actually mocking people openly for their heartfelt prayers in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting is above and beyond any modicum of humanity and decency. Yet, in our polarized government, this somehow seems to be the new norm.

Not surprisingly, Paul was shocked as well, telling Fox News:

“For people to be sly, snooty and arrogant about the fact that prayer doesn’t influence our lives, I am offended by it and quite frankly shocked by that kind of attitude” (Washington Examiner)

WATCH: Rand Paul Reacts To “Prayer Shaming”

This phenomenon of “prayer shaming” seems to be a new, ugly trend of the far left. Emma Green, managing editor of The Atlantic, summed it up succinctly:

“There’s a clear claim being made here, and one with an edge: Democrats care about doing something and taking action while Republicans waste time offering meaningless prayers. These two reactions, policy-making and praying, are portrayed as mutually exclusive, coming from totally contrasting worldviews.”

That is part of the illusion being crafted by liberals currently that conservatives want prayer and not action. Paul, for his part, was quick to point out on America’s Newsroom that prayer was being offered because these were citizens, real people with families who lost their lives. Offering prayer and sympathy is just the decent thing to do in the wake of a tragedy. It by no means implies that lawmakers won’t do anything to try and stop such events from happening in the future.

However, what those solutions might be, it is too premature to say. For one, we still don’t know why the shooting occurred. We know the attackers were Islamic. Whether that was a factor should affect how we respond. Was it workplace violence or a terrorist attack? Thus Paul notes that the solution may not be gun control at all but preventing people entry to the US from certain parts of the world. However, it is too early to tell. What we can do now is offer our prayers and support to those who lost loved ones. The idea that that is somehow inappropriate is ridiculous.

As Emma Green went on to say:

“There are many assumptions packed into these attacks on prayer: that all religious people, and specifically Christians, are gun supporters, and vice versa. That people who care about gun control can’t be religious, and if they are, they should keep quiet in the aftermath of yet another heart-wrenching act of violence.” (The Atlantic)

Green sums up the misplaced anger and confusion of the left well. How do you feel about people mocking prayer in the wake of this latest tragedy? Are you shocked by the backlash Christians seem to be getting for trying to offer sympathy, condolences and strength to the victims of the San Bernardino shooting? Give us your opinion on Twitter or Facebook.

Written by Mark Davis; Edited by Staff

(Photo courtesy of Joseph Novak, Flickr CC BY 2.0)

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