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No, I Haven’t Said a Little Prayer for Virginia Tech Victims

“I don’t think there is an American who hasn’t stopped today and said a little prayer for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.” — Charles Gibson during the Clinton-Obama debate of April 16, 2008

Well, you might think so, Mr. Gibson. But you’d be wrong. Not every American says prayers. I don’t, and even if I did, I wouldn’t say a little prayer for the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings. Not to put too fine a point on it, Mr. Gibson, but THEY’RE DEAD, and no little prayer or big prayer is going to change that. The question is what to do about people for people who aren’t dead. If you want to think (without evidence to support it) that distant intercessory prayer will somehow fix things in this world, just like other people think that breathing from the the belly will improve the world, you go right ahead. Me, I happen to think that maybe fixing our mental health care system, or tightening up background checks, or some practical policies like that might prevent such tragedies in the future.

But, oh, right, I forgot. In the eyes of conservative America, such solutions would be “socialist,” which as their synonym for “doing something” is nutso crazy and therefore unacceptable. Unlike, say, dependence on supernatural intercessory prayer.

3 thoughts on “No, I Haven’t Said a Little Prayer for Virginia Tech Victims”

  1. DM/Diddy says:

    I think Gibson meant REAL Americans. Remember when Bush Sr. said that he didn’t think we atheists could be good citizens or patriots?

    Richard Dawkins made a good point that if you had substituted “Jew” for “Atheist” in that exchange, he would have been thrown out of office.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Right on, comrade. I agree.

  3. jeff says:

    too many people pray for god to not let the big, scary feds take away their semi-automatic pistols, assault rifles, and sub-machine guns.

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