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OPINION: The True Reason So Many Belittle “Thoughts and Prayers” in the Face of Tragedy

The moment we abandon thoughts and prayers is the moment we can no longer govern civilly or decently.

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It has become en vogue to question and belittle the “thoughts and prayers” offered after a mass shooting.

This is specifically after a mass shooting, mind you.

When public figures offer “thoughts and prayers” in the aftermath of a tornado or hurricane or to the family of someone who has passed from sickness or a horrific accident, no one questions said “thoughts and prayers.”

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The doubt that is cast on words as well-meaning and innocent as “I’m sorry for your lost” is specific only to those offering these words of compassion and kidness to those affected by a high-profile mass shooting.

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The reason why takes no guesswork: it is because, rather than “thoughts and prayers,” many public figures would much prefer that the attitude was instead “ban all guns.”

For some reason, these people, apparently so impassioned as they are at more horrific loss at the hands of a crazed mass murderer that just so happens to be armed with a semi-automatic “assault” rifle, forget to spend any time pondering how effective their messaging is when they bulldoze over such a simple expression of humanity as offering thoughts and prayers for those most severely impacted by a mass shooting.

We could get into the details of how ill-informed the anti-gun left is, but what’s going on here strikes much deeper than debates over policy, gun crime statistics, and the constitution.

It strikes at the core of the soul of our culture, that is, one that has grown so coldly atheistic that the state has surpassed the heavenly ruler of the universe in whom we find comfort when the ugliest side of humanity rears its ugly head.

“Worldviews have consequences,” writes Dan Andros of Faithwire. “A worldview that excludes God leaves a massive void, and people naturally look to someone other than Him as their ultimate authority. And when people look to fallible humans (and bureaucratic systems made up of fallible humans) it’s a recipe for disaster.”

He explains that more and more people are filling that void with popular pundits like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who because the latest high-profile leftist to question “thoughts and prayers” with no apparent knowledge of the policy factors involved in the deadly New Zealand mosque massacre.

AOC is not known for her intelligence, but rather the kind of demagoguery that feeds people what they want to hear as a thinly veiled attempt to give the state more power.

A state in whom they trust their faith rather than a God.

AOC is showing not only her extreme ignorance in…well, just about everything (is she suggesting we ban guns worldwide? Global dictator aspirations much?), but particularly theology.

We do not offer thoughts and prayers because we are waiting for a God that rewards materially to wave his magic Jesus wand and answer our prayers.

We offer thoughts to reinforce our humanity, the extreme compassion human beings have for one another when facing the unthinkable loss of a loved one. We offer prayers so that the God of comfort will comfort those in pain. So that those most deeply affected by the tragedy might find peace, might make some sort of spiritual sense of it all and find the strength to go on.

The moment we abandon thoughts and prayers is the moment we can no longer govern civilly or decently. And we sadly might already be beyond that point.

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As If The Matt Gaetz Case Couldn’t Get Any Weirder…

This case has more twists and turns than snake convention.

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Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz has done something astounding during his brief career in politics:  Come up with a scandal so bizarre that Hollywood would have deemed a fictional re-telling of the tale “too unbelievable”. The story so far, (which has been evolving in perpetuity), is that Gaetz and a friend had participated in the trafficking of underage girls for sex, (albeit unknowingly), and that this story came to light after Gaetz was unable to help an extortionist search for a long-missing FBI agent. Or something thereabouts.  The accounts vary wildly in the case. Now, as if things couldn’t get any stranger, a new angle has emerged in the case. A sugar daddy website linked to the sex-trafficking investigation of Matt Gaetz publicly weighed in on the scandal, saying the lawmaker has never been registered on the site in search of young women. The unusual move by the web site SeekingArrangement puts some distance between Gaetz and the accusation against him. The site had been caught up in the Gaetz case because it had reportedly been used by the GOP lawmaker and another key player in the case to connect with an underage girl for sex. SeekingArrangement, which helps “sugar babies” connect online with men, released a statement because of yet another odd twist in the case: The former mistress of golfer Tiger Woods sued the website claiming it wrongfully terminated her contract as the company’s spokesperson. The plaintiff, Rachel Uchitel, said she was fired because SeekingArrangement was in damage control due to the investigation into Gaetz, which is unrelated to her lawsuit. Gaetz has maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal, but a plea deal from one of his alleged accomplices has some wondering if the Sunshine State lawmaker isn’t in some serious trouble.  

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George Soros Drops $1M to Defund Police During Major Crimewave

Wow.

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If you were to ask around in the farther-flung corners of the conservative internet, you’d not find much high praise for George Soros. The liberal billionaire has been spending much of his time, (and wealth), bullying the sociopolitical system into leaning to the left, and he hasn’t been trying to hide it at all.  This has made him a bit of a boogeyman within conservative circles, and rightly so. His latest bit of “philanthropy” appears to fall right in line with his previous maneuvers. Liberal mega-donor George Soros has directed $1 million to an activist group attempting to defund the police as violent crime surges in major urban centers across the nation. Soros sent the million dollars via his Color Of Change PAC on May 14, according to Federal Election Commission files obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The organization describes itself as “the nation’s largest online racial justice organization” and actively engages in efforts to defund police departments such as spreading an online petition calling for “divesting from and dismantling the systems that unjustly harm Black people.” The group also backed a push by the Milwaukee City Council to defund the police. And they aren’t mincing their words. “Policing is a violent institution that must end,” the group’s president wrote in a statement supporting the move. “We imagine a country where there is enough money to educate our children, care for our sick and feed those who are financially unstable. Defunding the police allows for this vision.” The move comes amid a massive crime spike in liberal cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, and New York.

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