Paul Ryan and many others took a lot of justified heat for offering nothing but prayers in response to the church shooting in Texas on Sunday, but he’s defending that empty gesture by saying it’s important to offer prayer because prayer works.
“It’s disappointing. It’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith, don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say,” Ryan told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” when asked about the criticism.
“And it is the right thing to do, is to pray in moments like this because you know what? Prayer works.”
Evidence, please. I guarantee you that every single person who was shot and killed on Sunday was praying fervently not to be shot and killed. Did prayer work for them? And if the answer is that their prayers were answered but the answer was no, how does one know that prayer works at all since any outcome could and would be viewed as it “working”? You could get exactly the same result if everyone in the church had thrown salt over their shoulder or sacrificed a goat seeking the same outcome — some would have been killed, some wouldn’t have. But hey, salt works in mysterious ways, amirite?