Ah, prayer. I know that it gives comfort to many, for any infinite number of reasons. However, this is not a religious nation. It is a secular one built upon freedom of (and from) religion. So, why is the Republican Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, telling people to pray instead of passing laws to quell the nation’s gun violence problem? I’ve no idea why, but obviously, throughout these tragedies, scores of people have prayed, only to wake up to yet another shooting. Seems to me this prayer thing doesn’t work, or else God was too busy helping Tim Tebow win a game rather than keeping little kids from dying senselessly. In the wake of the overwhelming evidence that prayer does not work, but laws do, here is what the good governor had to say, courtesy of our friends at The Raw Story:
There is evil prowling in the world – it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds,” he said. “As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.
Evil indeed. Listen, you gun nut: these shootings have nothing to do with prayer or lack thereof. They are the sick acts of seriously deranged people with firearms. The trick is to get the firearms out of the hands of said deranged people, not kneeling and talking to the sky. If you wish to believe that God heals all, go right ahead. However, this is a reasonable, secular nation with reasonable, secular laws. You pray all you want, while we do the real work and get these guns off the streets and out of the hands of incompetent and dangerous individuals.
But then again, what could we expect from someone who thinks the solution is MORE GUNS rather than less? After all, Perry did say that it is best to arm teachers after the Newtown shooting. It really is a shame to have someone like this in such a high position of power. This isn’t the middle ages, Governor Perry. We rely on evidence and reasoning to solve our issues, not religious quackery. And no, I am not saying that because I am an atheist. I am saying it because it is true.