The foundational underpinnings of the United States were literally constructed with the concrete of religious freedom, but apparently that’s all gone by the wayside now. On the left, anyway.
After President Trump declared Sunday a National Day of Prayer in response to the global coronavirus outbreak, leftist instigators like Rep. Rashida Tlaib and anti-gun activist David Hogg responded with vile tweets mocking prayer, religion, and anyone who thinks that turning to God at a time like this is exactly the right move.
“Don’t let this administration address COVID-19 like our national gun violence epidemic,” tweeted Hogg on Saturday night. “F*ck a National day of prayer, we need immediate comprehensive action.”
Not long after Hogg tweeted that sentiment, Tlaib retweeted it without further comment. You might imagine that Tlaib, who is proud of her status as one of the first Muslim women ever elected to Congress, would appreciate the idea of turning to God during a crisis, but apparently not.
Fanning the flames were a collection of Democrat pastors, who wrote a piece in The Nation assuring us that prayer wouldn’t help us stop the coronavirus.
“As Christian ministers who are called to preach the truth to God’s people, we are deeply troubled by the way this president continues to hypocritically manipulate faith as a cover for his ungodly policies,” the preachers wrote. “Though he has used racism to stoke fears in the nation and pushed policies that exacerbate racial inequality, Trump called on a black man to whitewash his incompetence and corruption at precisely the moment when the harsh reality of a global pandemic has exposed him.”
The “black man” they are referring to is HUD Secretary Ben Carson, who had a much more positive, uplifting message on Saturday.
“There’s nothing wrong with godly principles no matter what your faith is,” Carson said. “Loving your neighbor, caring about the people around you, developing your God-given talents to the utmost so that you become valuable to the people around you, having values and principles that govern your life – those are things that made America zoom to the top of the world in record time. And those are the things that will keep us there too.”
These leftists seem to think that when people say things like, “We’ll pray for you,” it automatically shuts down the possibility of taking any other action. This is a bizarre thing to think for even the strictest of atheists; we certainly don’t see why actual ministers would be confused on this point.
At trying times, people of faith turn to God. During the worst of crises, people without faith often find it. This is God’s grace, and it is the most beautiful part of being alive. We pray that David Hogg, Rashida Tlaib, and all the others who scorned Trump’s announcement can one day realize it for themselves.