A friend was truly shocked by this, from Federalist:
For some reason, much of the media began mocking the efficacy of prayer. This was happening while victims of the shooting were actually asking people to pray. I mean, the critiques were everywhere. An editor at ThinkProgress said, and I quote, “Stop thinking. Stop praying.” There’s a bumper sticker for you!
Twitter highlighted in its “Moments” section another progressive journalist’s campaign to shame politicians who prayed for victims. And a senator from Connecticut tweeted about the attack, without understanding the perpetrators, their motive, or their relationship to any proposed or imagined gun restriction:
Who but Murphy thought that the officials were not going to do anything? Maybe they won’t do what he wants if it isn’t popular with voters, but…
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Reality check: Progressives will work increasingly hard to drive all conventional expressions of religion out of the public square except those useful for cementing their control. Islam is useful as a club against Christians and Jews.
And, let’s face it, “Our prayers are with you” is a pretty conventional expression. It certainly doesn’t imply that nothing else will be done, and is almost never taken that way by the hearers.
Later, the progressives may discover that he who rides a tiger can never dismount. But then they are not known for thinking ahead. They tend to think that the famines and pogroms will always happen to someone else.
They have usually been right, as it happens – though not always.
And this is a useful opportunity for progressives in media to narrow the boundaries of permissible speech.
But again, people vote for them. Worldwide throughout history, many have been silenced by governments who did not vote for them. They deserve more sympathy.
See also: Religious Nones are the largest group in the US Democratic Party