Tabloid Calls Lawmakers’ Prayer Posts for San Bernardino ‘Platitudes’: ‘God Isn’t Fixing This’

CoverNEW YORK — In an effort to express support for gun control, a New York-based tabloid mocked lawmakers who urged prayer for the families and victims of the massacre in San Bernardino on Thursday, writing in large bold letters on its front page, “God isn’t fixing this.”

“As the latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hide behind meaningless platitudes,” the New York Daily News also wrote, pointing to Twitter messages from lawmakers who asked for prayer.

The publication printed screenshots of the Tweets, highlighting the word “prayers” in each so as to highlight the fact that the nation’s leaders were turning to God in the tragedy.

“Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino,” Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz had posted.

“Please keep the victims of #SanBernardino, California in your prayers,” Tweeted Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

Some found the publication’s front page headline to have hit a new low, calling it “ridiculous” and “insensitive.”

“This attack represents a fundamental problem with the media and politics in general,” commented Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul in a statement. “Attacking religious sentiments to promote an agenda as tragedy strikes is despicable.”

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Daily News Editor Jim Rich defended the headline on Thursday following controversy over the provocative statement.

“The Daily News’ front page is not, in any way, shape or form, condemning prayer or religion,” he wrote in a statement. “Anyone suggesting otherwise is either — intentionally or unintentionally — misconstruing the point, which is that most GOP politicians have offered nothing but empty platitudes and angry rhetoric in response to the ongoing plague of gun violence in our country.”

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders had both called for gun control in their Tweets as opposed to requesting prayer.

But some have stated that it is not the choice of weapon that is the problem; it’s the evil in the heart of man.

“We always talk about what the weapon was, but whether it’s a pressure cooker or whether it’s a gun, we’re dealing with people who are either deranged or they’re very focused because they want to kill people in the name of terrorism,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in October. “We have not so much a gun problem – we have a problem with sin and evil.”

Writer Sean Davis also wrote for The Federalist this week that mankind has always blamed God for the sinful choices of unregenerate men, and that God has already provided an answer to end the violence: salvation through Christ alone.

“Taunting God for the sins of man is nothing new. God rebuking those who dare put him in the dock, as though he were their subordinate, is also nothing new,” he said. “God has been blamed by mankind for its own evil since man first decided that day in the garden that his own judgment was far greater than that of his creator.”

“[Jesus] ‘fixed’ the situation by dying an unimaginably horrible death, bearing the weight of the sins of all mankind for all eternity, being laid in a cold and empty tomb, and then, on the third day, after literally defeating death and sin itself, Jesus Christ rose from the dead and informed the world that as a result of His perfect life, painful death, and resurrection from the dead, sinful man might one day share in the infinite glory of God’s holy and perfect Son, not because of our own actions or merit, but because of the sacrifice and unending grace and mercy of the only perfect man to ever walk the earth.”

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  • MJ Bark

    Very Good Article! Jesus Christ is the answer!

  • Rebecca

    Maybe it makes unbelievers feel better, but God didn’t cause the problem, so He may choose to intervene or not. People want to talk about choice, but when evil men make bad choices, sometimes the good guys get caught in the crossfire or consequences.

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    Did these shooting take place in another liberal gun-free zone like so many of the other massacres that have taken place over the past 20 years, plus? I know they took place in California, which has the strongest gun control laws in the country. Perhaps when these massacres occur, the Left should look in the mirror for the problem.

    In the meantime, the Left has stooped even lower than imaginable with its prayer-shaming. This is not surprising since God was voted out of the last Democratic National Convention:

    https://www .youtube .com/watch?v=cncbOEoQbOg

    • The Last Trump

      Yes, I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears when God was booed by those at the convention!

      And I immediately realized that this was big. That God had been subjected to THAT!
      The governing party of the United States of America actually boooing even the mere thought of including acknowledging Almighty God as part of their platform. Which they were then forced to include to their great shame by those God fearing Democratic constituents who were equally shocked at this inconceivable omission! You can just picture Obama stewing in anger at having been forced to re-include God in order to pander to believing Democrats whose votes he’d still desperately need to remain in the White House.

      I don’t believe we will see elections in America again, as more and more martial law appears inevitable, either due to financial collapse, or war, or both, allowing him to achieve and retain the absolute power he has worked so tirelessly to attain.
      And then there will be no further need for pandering to believers.

      And perhaps, for the first time, the world will get to meet the REAL Barrack Obama.
      How the mighty have fallen. Dark times ahead for America. 🙁

      • WorldGoneCrazy

        Could not agree more. Did you see that perplexed look on that UMC pastor’s face when God was shouted down 3 times?!? Even he was confused, and let’s face it, a Democrat UMC pastor is not exactly what we call fruitful, if you get my drift.

        But, it is no surprise: they littered that stage with abortion advocates like nothing you have ever seen. I was half expecting them to perform an abortion on that stage – that is how much of an unholy sacrament it is for them. Because, you know, it is a “war on women” to tell women to quit hiring a hit man to knock off their babies in the womb.

        What do you think would have happened at that convention if they had tried to voice-vote Allah into the platform?

      • Cady555

        I expect elected officials to govern according to the Constitution.

  • JC

    Newspapers and news services should keep their opinions to themselves and just report the news. It’s no wonder no one buys newspapers today. We can draw our own conclusions from “facts” we read. We don’t need the “SPIN”

    • gizmo23

      All news is spin

      • Angel Jabbins

        There are still good investigative reporters out there who want to get at the truth of what is happening and cover stories in an unbiased way and get the truth out to the American people. Fewer today than before, but there still are some. The problem is the news network moguls and producers who squash stories that don’t agree with their agenda/ideology. Reporters, many of them, give up and just go along to get along.

        To say that all news is ‘spin’ does not fully describe the problem. It is much worse than that. There are stories we never even get to hear about or hear only parts of. And that is way more serious than ‘spin’. You can work around ‘spin’ sometimes and still figure out what the truth is. But, if news stories are being squelched by someone at the top… hello Pravda….same thing.

        • gizmo23

          All news shows must make a profit so they are going to give people what they want to hear. Newspapers, TV, and Radio talks shows are businesses and stay in business by earning revenue. Sure they are going to focus on an agenda but if that agenda doesn’t make money the enterprise won’t last long.
          News is entertainment in reality

          • Angel Jabbins

            I agree news has become entertainment today. Wasn’t so years ago. But I don’t think it is all about making a profit and ‘giving the people what they want to hear’ because the major broadcast news networks are actually losing viewership and, consequently, must also be losing money. No, it is ideology and agenda driven today. We used to watch Fox News which does seem to cover more news stories. But, even though we are conservative, we got tired of their bias too. We just want the news…plain old undoctored, straight forward news…even if it is boring. So….we go the internet.

          • gizmo23

            The internet can be as biased as any other source so be careful

    • bowie1

      Some newspapers will print editorials and op-eds to publicize opinions on both sides of an issue – kind of balance things out.

    • Angel Jabbins

      There is no true journalism today. The media is in lock step with this administration and censor out anything that is not favorable to the liberal cause. Or, if they are forced to cover a story that is thrust into the limelight (Fast and Furious, Benghazi, IRA spying on Americans, etc), they only allow it to go so far and the story is eventually squashed or buried. We no longer have a free, uncensored media. There can be no truly free society without a free press. Today’s American media reminds of Pravda in the old USSR. We are a dumbed down society and that is how the administration and the media like it to be. I am reading Stonewalled by Sharyl Attkisson who was an investigative reporter for CBS. Very eye-opening. I knew things were bad in the media, but reading this book has really opened my eyes and believe me, we are too far gone to change this mess now.

      Full title of the book: Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington

      • gizmo23

        Are you saying this site filters out everything bad about the administration or liberal causes.
        This site is part of the media

        • Angel Jabbins

          This site is up front about who they are…a Christian news website presenting the news from a Christian perspective…presenting stories they feel are of interest particularly to Christians. Their expressed target audience is Christians. So what is your beef about that? The major news outlets, if they want to represent and promote the liberal agenda/causes, should be up front about it and stop trying to con the American people with their constant one-sided reporting. They claim to be unbiased, but they are anything but.
          Read the book I referenced above. It will make your hair stand on end. There is no free press in America today….except through some alternative sources but they are few.

          • gizmo23

            Inave no beef with any news site. All news sources have bias or agendas. It has always been that way. To rely on one source of information is folly

          • Angel Jabbins

            Most people, sadly, do rely on only one or two sources of news daily, probably ABC, CBS, NBC, or PBS…all of them having a liberal slant but they not up front about it. They claim to be unbiased in their reporting, but they let their personal political views and leanings affect what stories get covered or how much coverage stories will receive. Our tax dollars pay for PBS which is probably the most liberal leaning of them all. At least here, you know what the bias is right off the bat….Christian News Network…no hiding, no pretending.

      • Faithwalker

        Angel you are spot on about the media it is nothing but a antichrist Orwellian propaganda machine for the elites to control society. As a suggestion, there are quite a few good Youtube videos on how the media has evolved from reporting the real news to espousing their propagandists messages. I will have to check out the book you recommended. As the antichrist system keeps revealing itself more and more day by day it constantly reminds me why it is so imperative to be a born again believer in Christ Jesus. Only through Christ will we have the ability to discern the truth as opposed to being deceived by the lies from the god of this world.

    • Cady555

      This site is media. They are very open about presenting news from a specific point of view.

      It is the responsibility of each person to read news from a variety of perspectives.

  • Becky

    “We always talk about what the weapon was, but whether it’s a pressure cooker or whether it’s a gun, we’re dealing with people who are either deranged or they’re very focused because they want to kill people in the name of terrorism,” said Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in October. “We have not so much a gun problem – we have a problem with sin and evil.”

    Islam is evil.

  • Becky

    “Martin O’Malley called out the National Rifle Association by name.” “Horrifying news out of #SanBernardino. Enough is enough: it’s time to stand up to the @NRA and enact meaningful gun safety laws.”

    The ones that were armed were the criminals. They murdered and injured innocent people. It’s foolish to believe that these two evil people, or any other criminal, would obey any “meaningful gun safety laws”.

    • Ambulance Chaser

      We’re neither asking nor expecting them to. We do, however, expect gun shop owners to obey laws, i.e., a law that prevents selling guns to people on terrorist watch lists. Do you seriously believe that suspected terrorists should be allowed to buy guns?

      • Josey

        As far as what I’ve heard they were not on any terrorist watch list and apparently she his wife had been vetted and given a visa and two of the guns were bought by someone else. People intent on murder will get the weapons they want no matter what gun laws we propose, California has some of the strictest gun laws on the books but didn’t stop these terrorists.

        • Ambulance Chaser

          Which would be relevant if we knew the guns were purchased in California.

          Of course, I don’t know which “strictest gun laws” you’re referring to, since even in California, it’s ridiculously easy to get guns. The guns used were semi-automatic, modifiable to fully automatic, and in this case were so modified. The only thing that made them “California compliant” was that they weren’t sold fully automatic from the start.

          Why does anyone, anywhere, need access to that kind of firepower?

        • Cady555

          Should we reject every law that isn’t 100% perfectly effective?

          Drunk driving laws don’t prevent every drunk driver. Should we repeal prohibitions on drunk driving since the laws are not perfect?

          We have laws against armed robbery, yet stores still get robbed. Should we repeal prohibitions on armed robbery since the laws are not perfect?

          Slowing down an active shooter reduces the number of spouses and parents and children who will never see a loved one again. Saving even one of those lives matters.

      • Cady555

        To make it clear, there is no law that prevents people on the terror watch list from buying guns. Congress voted down that proposed law the day after San Bernardino.

  • FoJC_Forever

    God has already offered the “fix”, but most people reject Him, while many others fake knowing Jesus (the) Christ. The country is being filled with chaos by the demons who run unfettered in American society, government, and religious institutions. What God has spoken will come to pass, and not one person or being will stop it.

    Follow Jesus, find Truth.

  • Cady555

    The writers of the New York Post article have no complaint about prayer itself. Read past the headline. The complaint is about leaders who pray INSTEAD of doing something.

    Most Christian teaching on prayer includes the need to take action. The churches near me don’t just pray for the poor, they have joined together to create a food pantry. And they still pray. This is good. The members of these churches never say “Even with a food pantry people will still be hungry, so I am going to vote against our church participating and just pray more.” The churches operate the food pantry because every effort matters. The churches operate the food pantry because action is also blessed by God.

    The complaint is about politicians who think prayer is enough. The day after San Bernardino, the US Congress voted on a bill to prevent people on the terror watch list from buying guns. The bill was defeated.

    Think on this. Dwell on this. It is legal in the United States for every suspected terrorists to walk into any gun shop and legally purchase military assault rifles and ammunition.

    When given a chance to make it harder for terrorists to gain access to guns, our elected leaders refused to take action to in anyway reduce the risk to Americans. They pray and do nothing to stop or even slow down the next shooter.

    Enough already. It is time for all of us to demand action from the people we elect.