In the wake of last week's Parkland, Florida shooting, leftists have come out of the woodwork to offer ways to guarantee a safer America. While most have used the opportunity for political posturing in favor of gun control, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Harvard psychologist Stephen Pinker have taken a different approach. The two lefties seem less intent upon banning guns, and more interested in ridding the world of a much more dangerous scourge: religion.
"Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children."
Has anyone stated publicly that only prayer is needed in a society comprised in part of evil people willing to do evil things? Tyson has to be mind-numbingly ignorant of faith in order to post such a thing. Prayer is not a comic-book power of the faithful to stop bullets; it is a communion between people and their Creator. Secondly, Christians -- who make up a majority of America -- do not dismiss material means of protection in favor of spiritual fellowship alone. Those who pray want a safe society just as much as the secularists; we all want good people to remain safe and bad people to be brought to justice, and as many safeguards to prevent atrocity as are possible while still allowing our constitutional liberties to not be trod upon.
However, to Pinker, the mere existence of atrocity should be enough reason for the country to do away with safety-hindering religion:
"[Such events] cast doubt on the idea that there is a benevolent shepherd who looks out for human welfare. What was the benevolent shepherd doing while the teenager was massacring his classmates?...If you’re counting on God to make the world a better place you are probably going to make the world a worse place because he is not listening and we saw that yesterday.”
Unbelievable. Religious people are making the world "a worse place?" Pinker suffers from a staggering ignorance of religion. People who believe they were created by God are not simply "counting on" Him to make everything better. Rather, those who believe they were created by a higher power feel that their lives have purpose -- one of which is to be a blessing to the world. To serve their fellow man. That alone makes the world a better place.
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Pinker are typical secular leftists, completely disconnected from mainstream America. Our country is one founded upon safety from tyranny and from the removal of our right to pursue life. Anyone who takes innocent life -- such as a deranged mass shooter -- has no place in this country, which is a nation also founded upon a faith in God. And those of us who hold that faith dear will continue to offer up prayers -- not with the intent to stop bullets, but for those families and loved ones who are enduring the heartbreaking loss of that evil act in Parkland.