The Left’s Politics of Preying

left politicsAdversity does not build character, James Lee Allen wrote, it reveals it. That’s become painfully clear in the last 24 hours, as many liberals seem intent on showing the country just how little they’ve learned about Americans since last year’s election. The party that thought calling voters “deplorable” was a winning strategy is back at it, shaming leaders for suggesting something as unsophisticated as prayer after Sunday’s horrific massacre. From governors to sitting senators, the Left lashed out at Republicans for daring to suggest that faith might help a community that died for it.

To the devastated people of Sutherland Springs, President Trump told a grieving nation, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of today’s horrible and murderous attack.” And while liberals didn’t seem to mind when Barack Obama responded likewise to the Navy Yard shooting in 2013, many are completely unglued that this administration would address a church shooting by invoking God! When House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) offered his condolences, the Left unleashed a string of statements almost too impossible to believe (and some, too offensive to print). Actor Wil Wheaton’s response was absolutely jaw-dropping, even for Hollywood, “The murdered victims were lying in a church. If prayers did anything, they’d still be alive, you worthless sack of ****.”

“It’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular Left,” a genuinely stunned Speaker Ryan told Laura Ingraham. “People who do not have faith don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say… And, it is the right thing to do– to pray in moments like this because you know what?” Ryan continued. “Prayer works.” But, he went on, “When you hear the secular left doing this thing, no wonder you’ve got so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”

And while Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) attack didn’t include any four-letter words, she didn’t mind treating faith like one. “Thoughts & prayers are not enough, GOP,” wrote the Massachusetts Democrat. “We must end this violence. We must stop these tragedies. People are dying while you wait.” Not to be outdone, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) suggested that we have “professionals” for this praying thing. “We have pastors, priests, and rabbis to offer thoughts and prayers. What we need from Republicans in D.C. is to do something. Lead.” In other words, keep your religion in church where it belongs and let government be our God. Ever the diplomat, Keith Olbermann‘s Twitter feed dripped with disdain. “‘Thoughts and prayers’ again, @realDonaldTrump, idiot? These people were in CHURCH. They WERE praying.”

The Wall Street Journal’s William McGurn has seen a lot of things in his journalistic career. But these responses were among the most astounding.

“…[P]rogressives simply cannot contain their distaste toward symbols and beliefs important to ordinary Americans,” he writes. “Until Sunday this columnist thought it impossible to match the obtuseness of millionaire athletes showing disrespect for the national anthem and the fans who pay their salaries. But give credit where it’s due: the thoughts-and-prayers police make the NFL protesters look like Gandhis.”

“Second, those doing the taunting apparently have no idea how childish their understanding of prayer is. As the families that come each week to the First Baptist Church appreciate, prayer is not a magic talisman against suffering. In a faith that commands its adherents to pick up their crosses, prayer is a way to praise the Almighty and, when necessary, ask for courage and resolve to do the right thing.”

The secular Left’s gospel of condescension is the same today as it was in 2008 and 2016. Only the ignorant and unenlightened believe in a power higher than government. Only the deplorable flyovers cling to their guns and religion. It’s the exact smug self-importance that cost the Democratic Party the White House. And a full 12 months later, they show no desire or will to change it. Not even in this moment, when parents are bundling their children into tiny-sized coffins and grandparents are planning for Thanksgiving with eight empty chairs.

In the end, that’s the real disgrace. Not just the lack of religious conviction in their taunts, but the lack of compassion. Instead of lessening this town’s suffering, they’re adding to it by calling what these people died for unimportant and irrelevant. The 26 people in pews that Sunday morning certainly didn’t think so. And if they were alive today, I have no doubt that every single one of them would agree: prayer isn’t the problem. It’s part of the solution. A spiritually sick society that embraces violence instead of values needs God. Gun control, knife control, truck rental control, pressure cooker control — they’re never going to stop evil. Only a faithful people, with hearts turned toward what’s right, can do that. Until then, we mourn with those who mourn, recognizing, as Sutherland pastor Frank Pomeroy does, “I don’t understand, but I know my God does.”

Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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4 years ago

I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in God. To whom do they go when they need help? To whom do they go to give Thanks?

4 years ago

Cuomo is supposed to be a Roman Catholic, I guess that’s only when it’s convenient for him. I wonder if he understands that the second amendment is part of our constitution and it can’t just be removed because that is what he considers “leading”. He has no feelings for the grieving families only for the special interests that continue to elect him here in NY. The real truth is he and the others like him believe that they are gods, and, once they disarm us they can fully control us. As for Wheaton, Olbermann and the rest they are nothing more than water carriers for the Cuomos and Warrens of the world

4 years ago

Those who are “of the world” can only give worldly comments. The truth is the far left fear the Christian faith and prayer because it will eventually be the left’s down fall. Pray diligently for them that they may become “not of this world.”

4 years ago

I’m quite sure that when Sen Warren and Gov Cuomo
Were imploring for the end of violence
They were referring to the activities of AntFa, Black Lives Matter, UCal Berkeley, and the Mayor of Baltimore.
Or did I misconstrue something ?

4 years ago

Why do you think they call it faith? This question usually invokes some interesting responses.

4 years ago

A wonderful prayer for all if you think on each word and relate it to your relationship with the Lord God Jehovah and each other.

Our Father which are in Heaven
Hallowed be Thy Name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in Heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us.

Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory.


4 years ago

Yes, it is frustrating to see and hear such massive ignorance. So many of the people mocking God and prayer are simply ignorant of the Bible and it’s teachings or they have been indoctrinated with the false teachings of other “religions”, sects, or cults such as islam. Sadly, all too many on the left are simply atheists and believe in nothing. All will face the truth at the time of their death. Many will be quite surprised and very unhappy. All that is happening in America now is the result of sin and refusal to follows the teachings of the Bible.

4 years ago
Reply to  Gulliver

I think it not so much ignorance as it is the pursuit of narcissistic power.
Like Orwell pointed out in Animal Farm.
Some are more equal than others.

And by the way Ms Warren
I had a mother I don’t need you dictating to me.

4 years ago

We need to hurry and drain the Swamp! Warren is a fool and traitor. They want Americans to be defenseless and vulnerable to all enemies. Well, we will never give up our weapons! I am almost 75 and I would have had my pistol in my purse! I might not could have stopped him but would have tried! This type of evil, satanic driven murderer cannot be second guessed nor stopped except by force. We need to report these sadistic acts from people more to the law and improve help because anyone who does this is definitely crazed! God took His children home right then! Satan did not win!

Tom Wilde
4 years ago

Amazing. Isn’t it? Atheistic God-hating Liberals are suddenly experts at what prayer does or doesn’t do.

Yessir, they demand that prayer be removed from sporting events and we end up with the Grand Knee Job. They demand that prayer be removed from school events and we end up with snowflake Liberal Safe Spacers so ignorant that it’s criminal. They demand that God and prayer be removed from the entire country and we end up with a nation brimming with blood-sucking illegal invaders and Muslims ramming Allah up us all.

Oh, yes, Liberals are experts at prayer and the wishes of God. But only when it suits their Satanic agenda.

If it wasn’t so serious, you’d just have to point at them and LAUGH!

4 years ago

These people are not religious and never will understand reverence, they are losers and by all indications are leaning towards communism that’s exactly the way Obama and Hillary both acted, they think that they are God, and waned to rule the United States in that manner and to hell with our Constitution that our Forefathers designed and left us with inorder to defeat tyranny. Obama even wanted to run for a third term and destroy the United States, and he dambed near suceeded. If Hillary had been elected, she would have finished the job (if Obama had given her the chance, because he wanted to become the ultimate ruler).

Bill Stout
4 years ago

SO Wil Wheaton, another washed up child semi-star that couldn’t last out a tv program thinks that anyone but the loser leftist cares anything about what he has to say. He like all the other washed up unwashed “actors” are just hoping to rekindle their burned out careers but I think that train has left the station

4 years ago
Reply to  Bill Stout

I’m pleased and proud to be one who knows nothing about Wil Wheaton.
Lucky me.
I don’t think I’m missing out on anything.

Lee McQuillen
4 years ago

These people are just plain sick! They’re out of touch with reality, but then they live in a different world than the rest of us. Best to do? Ignore them….

4 years ago

Wil Wheaton is a jackass to make comments like that. The people that denigrate the power of God, are doomed to experience the “just desserts” of their words and actions. By then, it’s too late. In their case, it will be an issue of “reaping what you sow”.

4 years ago

One day they will stand before their maker pleading, denying and begging for mercy. To little to late! Thoughts and prayers for the victims of these shootings!

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