“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.