Twitchy first noticed a downright antagonism to the words “thoughts and prayers” after Sen. Ted Cruz offered his prayers to the victims and first responders at the Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs. The backlash against prayer was so intense after today’s mass shooting in San Bernardino that The Atlantic was able to put together a piece called “Prayer Shaming After a Mass Shooting in San Bernardino.”

Prayer shaming reached as high (or low) as Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who tweeted that those who have done nothing to reduce gun violence should save their prayers for their own forgiveness. But there was someone else with whom it really caught on like a high.

Or the president’s suggestion of “better ideas”? Not to mention boots on the ground, i.e., guns?

Igor Volsky of ThinkProgress was so enamored of prayer shaming that he devoted his day to calling out politicians who offered thoughts and prayers rather than “actual gun reform,” whatever that entails.

That’s only a fraction of Volsky’s effort today, but you get the idea. It’s too bad that much work was based on the mistaken assumption that prayer precludes action. It also ignores President Obama’s message to today’s victims and his failure to convince the American public to buy into his ever-nebulous “actual gun reform.”


Sean Davis was good enough to point out how Democrats used to offer their own thoughts and prayers, until the shame became too much, apparently. Hillary Clinton will fight for gun control but do nothing to deter terrorism, if this “prayer shaming” theory means anything.

Now, or 2017?

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