Thursday, December 3, 2015

New York Daily News mocks GOP for praying, post-San Bernardino shooting, calls Republicans 'cowards'

The New York Daily News couldn't be blunter in its characterization of those in the Republican Party who turned to prayer after the San Bernardino shooting, rather than gun control, blasting out a headline that basically read: Relying on God was stupid.

The newspaper's front page contained a headline is huge font that read, in all caps: "GOD ISN'T FIXING THIS." Above, it read: "14 dead in California mass shooting." Beneath, it read: "As latest batch of innocent Americans are left lying in pools of blood, cowards who could truly end gun scourge continue to hid behind meaningless platitudes."

And what were those "meaningless platitudes?"

Alongside the borders of the front page, the New York Daily News ran images of portions four Republican leadership tweets.

From Sen. Lindsey Graham, who's seeking the presidency: "Thoughts and prayers are with ..."

From House Speaker Paul Ryan: "Please keep the victims of #SanBernardino, California in your prayers."

From Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising presidential candidate in the polls: "Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and the first responders in San Bernardino ..."

And from presidential hopeful Sen. Rand Paul, referred to as Dr. Rand Paul: "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, families, and brave first responders ..."

Other presidential candidates, like former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush tweeted out messages of prayer as well.

And as if the message of the newspaper's senselessness of prayer wasn't made obvious, the New York Daily News also highlighted the word "prayers" in each of copied Twitter messages with yellow.

The prayer shaming went deeper than hitting at the Republican notables. The headline came at the same time news reports broke of community members in San Bernardino not only requesting prayer for the victims of the shooting that left 14 dead and 17 injured, but also gathering in a prayer circle to thank God for blessings, Fox News reported.

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