Hollywood, media, politicians pile on pain of victims by mocking prayer.
Another day, another mass shooting. And another heartless leftist mocking the faithful.
In addition to death and taxes, these days you can also count on the occasional senseless mass homicide and a sacrilegious reaction to said homicide by a growing cartel of far-left actors, journalists, and politicians.
This time the shooting was in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where this past Sunday a gunman took the lives of 26 churchgoers; the reactive leftist was actor Michael McKean, who, in response to Paul Ryan’s call for prayers for the victims, tweeted:
They were in church. They had the prayers shot right out of them. Maybe try something else.
One would think Ryan’s sentiment uncontroversial in a country where nearly 90 percent of the population believes in God. But for the secular far left, reason and compassion take back seats to politicizing violence in the name of political gain, even if that means ridiculing the very thing Americans holds most sacred.
McKean wasn’t alone, of course. Fellow actor Wil Wheaton of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame defeated McKean in a sort of ideological limbo with the following response to Ryan:
The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you worthless sack of s**t.
Keep in mind, these same people think Trump bad at Twitter. As I’m sure does New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who jumped in the ring with this thoughtful masterpiece:
We have pastors, priests and rabbis to offer thoughts and prayers.
What we need from Republicans in DC is to do something. Lead.
But what do you expect from proud followers of the political party that booed God?
Aside from their utter cruelty, these responses show a fundamental lack of understanding of human nature—prayer has always been an 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 ever common mass shootings.
But the left, intent on overturning all forms of tradition and comfort, will offer no quarter. Their track record of mocking prayer goes beyond well-wishers to the very victims themselves.
Recall, if you will, the 2015 attack on a social services facility in San Bernardino, California where a terrified daughter, trapped at the scene, sent a simple yet powerful text message 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, she sought comfort in the only thing she knew could save her and, thankfully, many were happy to oblige.
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 (interestingly, these same naysayers were curiously silent when Barack Obama offered his prayers to Mike Brown’s family).
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.
Thankfully, or sadly perhaps, the demonization of hope isn’t solely an American phenomenon. Following the November 2015 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 and the millions of others whose egos aren’t so overblown to believe that we could better run the cosmos than the man upstairs 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 care much for Oscars afterparties, nor does he 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 fair-trade espresso.
To liberal actors, journalists, and politicians 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 Trump and the NRA for your own political and moral failings.
But let us pray. Particularly for you.
Michael McKean in 2009 (Erik Schultz/Flickr-Creative Commons)