Before the Blood Dries: Politics vs. Prayer

 

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In the midst of the attack on a social services facility in San Bernardino, California, a simple, understandable text message from a terrified daughter to her father:

      “People shot. In the office waiting for cops. Pray for us. I am locked in an office.”

With death so close by, hers is a seemingly reasonable request. After all, nearly 90 percent of America believes in God.

Many were more than happy to oblige. Soon after the shooting that left 14 dead and at least 17 wounded, social media lit up with well wishes and prayers for the innocent victims of a murderous rampage.

      “My thoughts and prayers are with the shooting victims and their families in San   Bernardino.” – Republican Presidential Candidate Ben Carson

      “@GabbyGiffords & I are horrified by the news of another mass shooting in our country. Holding #SanBernardino in our thoughts & prayers.” – Astronaut Mark Kelly

“Not again. Praying for everyone in San Bernadino. Stay safe.” – Actress Deborah Messing

Prayer has become a sort of instinctual response to tragedy in our society. We pray at funerals and leave crosses on roadsides at the scenes of fatal accidents. For centuries we have looked to God for the things that we can neither control nor explain. In times of darkness, prayer is a desperately needed ray of light for many, including those caught in the chaos of San Bernardino’s Inland Regional Center.

Sadly, however, several members of the liberal media refused to grant that simplest of wishes: an appeal to God for mercy. Before the blood could dry numerous leftist pundits had mocked the faith of both the victims and those that wished nothing more than to offer those victims what little hope they could.

“Other countries must have fewer mass shootings because their conservative politicians offer thoughts and prayers more vigorously.” – Matthew Yglesias of Vox

“My thoughts and prayers are with lawmakers actually passing gun reform in my lifetime.” – Igor Volsky of ThinkProgress

“I want to send my thoughts and prayers to San Bernadino, but I forget at which previous mass shooting I left them last.” – David Waldman of DailyKos

Classy, guys.

A hallmark trait of a psychopath, and apparently liberal journalists, is a lack of empathy. How else can anyone describe not only the immediate politicization of a tragedy, but also the simultaneous disdain for the deepest held beliefs of the victims? Because let’s face it—when it comes to situations like the ones in San Bernardino, we are all victims.

But don’t tell that to the New York Daily News which trumped all the other wannabes with a cover, the following morning, declaring “God Isn’t Fixing This,” poking fun at the tweets of conservative politicians who offered up their faith-based condolences, or, in the words of the Daily News’s editorial board, “meaningless platitudes.”

Hear that America? That thing you do every Sunday, and Wednesday evening, and many of you every day and night, is meaningless, and your “God” isn’t listening. That goes for you too, poor girl texting your father during the most frightening event of your life—our stance on gun control trumps your belief in a higher power, especially with an election less than a year away. Feel free to pray all you want after Hillary wins.

Thankfully, or sadly perhaps, the demonization of hope isn’t solely an American phenomenon. Following the recent attacks in Paris, a cartoonist for the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo posted a cartoon on Instagram with the verbiage:

“Friends from the whole world, thank you for #prayforparis, but we don’t need more religion. Our faith goes to music! Kisses! Life! Champagne and Joy! #Paris is about life.”

Fair enough. Please excuse those trapped in the Bataclan, and in San Bernardino for that matter, for not celebrating by popping bottles and making out. And please forgive myself, Ben Carson, and Debra Messing for taking a minute to ask a much higher power for guidance in the midst of unfathomable confusion.

It wasn’t so long ago that the Left prided itself on the principle of compassion. Liberals were the champions of the poor, the disenfranchised, the “victims” of racism and capitalism. These days, however, their compassion seems reserved solely for the inmates at Guantanamo Bay and entitled college students.

God, it seems, doesn’t have a master’s in journalism from Columbia and is therefore unfit to interfere in a tragedy of epic proportions. Kicking the victims while they’re down is reserved solely for those who work at websites with coffee machines spewing free-trade espresso.

To liberal journalists everywhere, religious or not, please wait until the smoke has cleared before taking to Twitter to extinguish the very flame most of us look to for comfort in times like these.

In the meantime, feel free to blame the shooting on climate change, mock Ben Carson on the history of the pyramids, or even declare, in the midst of the recent carnage both here and across the pond in France, that climate change is the greatest threat to civilization.

For now, let us pray. Particularly for you.

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