Americans from all walks of life appear to always find a way to join hands in the face of adversity. In reality, it’s among the aspects of the American spirit. But with every new catastrophe, it looks like consolidating spirit is a bit poorer than previously.
On Sunday morning, our country struck at once again. A gunman opened fire at an area of worship killing at least 26 people and wounding 20 in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Even more heartbreaking, eight of the 26 victims were members of the family. Yet somehow, as our nation mourns the loss of innocent life, rsquo & there;s a new wave of indignation aimed.
That’s correct. As Americans beg for their countrymen who were gunned down while worshipping God, gun control advocates are bashing on them . Here are just a few examples out of my own Twitter feed:
Or, this profane statement from Star Trek celebrity Wil Wheaton:
It’s one thing to maintain strong opinions about gun control. But it’s entirely different to direct anger towards people of faith after such a tragedy. Just because you may not believe in doesn prayer & rsquo; t even give you the right to publicly insult.
In some ways, this outrage against prayer is emblematic of trends. As America grows increasingly hostile to Christianity, improper and insensitive rhetoric regarding expressions of religion has become more acceptable. It seems the people who pride themselves on advocating religious and cultural “tolerance” would be the least tolerant in regards to American Christians.
Prayer was a staple of the American experience since the founding of the nation. It’s why George Washington “fervently beseech[ed] the Almighty” at his farewell address. It’therefore Abraham Lincoln constantly invoked the name of God in our nation&rsquo. Why prayer is still opened in by every session of Congress, it & rsquo; s.
Prayer is a unifying force in a nation entrenched in polarization. It’s a way of admitting that as humans, we do not have all the answers. Prayer is an expression of hope that all of rsquo & the planet;s evils.
However good gun control advocates believe their policies might be, you can&rsquo. Certainly, it’s significant that policymakers engage in dialogue about methods to help mitigate future violence. But the most perfect legislation (if one ever existed), still leaves our nation in need of the Almighty.
Americans should continue to exercise their right. This is–no doubt–a time for our state. But it’s times. Slandering the faithful among us isn’t the path. We can perform.
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