Last night, Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy saw fit to ruminate on the “power of faith” at a memorial service in Newtown. During times of strife, he declared, we are “required to be invested in our faith,” which is a “gift from God.”
Presumably, Malloy’s intent was to console the anguished families. But that such generic spiritualism could legitimately aid in anyone’s grieving process seems doubtful; the notion of “faith” he invoked is so nebulous as to be completely devoid of substance, alienating both devout believers and secularists. His assertion of a “faith requirement” was particularly bizarre, vacuous, and wrong. Perhaps the governor is unaware that many among us are capable of absorbing tragedy without appeals to supernatural authority.