Dear Ted Cruz: Your BS Prayers Aren’t A Solution For Gun Violence

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Even though I’m a progressive, I don’t hide the fact that I’m a Christian. Actually, I’ve done my best to fight to reclaim real Christianity from the Republicans who’ve corrupted what it means to be a Christian. As I’ve made abundantly clear over the years, I don’t consider most Republicans to be Christians.

In fact, I’ve found that the more someone tries to force their faith on others, the less of a representative of that faith they actually are.

When it comes to Christianity, I call these folks the “church attendance Christians.” They’re the people who tend to think that their church attendance makes them a better Christian.

Well, GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz is one of those people who I don’t view as an actual Christian. Forgive me if I don’t consider a person who opposes immigrants, vilifies the poor, promotes guns and perpetuates fear and hate as someone who represents true “Christian values.”

Take for instance recent comments where he attacked Democrats as basically godless heathens for daring to point out the fact that this country has a very serious gun violence problem.

“The left’s immediate reaction to radical Islamic terrorists, like kittens with their eyes closed, is not to go after the bad guys, but immediately to try to seize the guns of law-abiding citizens,” Cruz said.

“They’ve invented a new term for that, they call it now prayer shaming,” he continued. “Well let me tell the Democrats. Let me tell the mainstream media. Although I repeat myself, There has never been a time in the history of this country that we needed prayer more.”

Actually, it’s Republicans like Cruz who’ve fought to protect a loophole in our laws that would allow suspected terrorists to legally purchase guns. Democrats have been trying to close that loophole to “go after the bad guys” but Republicans won’t let them.

Not only that, but what happened in San Bernardino was only allowed to happen because of the gun culture in this country. Their “bombs” were ineffective and they failed to convert their semiautomatic weapons to fully automatic. The only reason these two animals were allowed to slaughter 14 people is because getting an assault rifle in this country is as simple as walking into your local Walmart with an ID. Even in states such as California, where gun laws are much more strict, gun fanatics have found loopholes to exploit allowing people to obtain these military-style weapons.

But even beyond all of that, what the hell does any of this have to do with prayer? I hate to break it to Cruz, but prayer isn’t working. Praying to rid our society of something is a fallacy; as a Christian, you cannot believe God has a “plan” while you’re always trying to “pray” for a deviation from that plan.

Besides, if people like Cruz truly believed in the power of prayer, why are they so concerned with terrorism, refugees or needing guns to protect themselves? I mean, why isn’t prayer enough to protect your family? Isn’t that what Cruz is saying we should do following these horrific acts of violence… simply pray?

So, by that “logic” shouldn’t prayer also be the go-to “solution” to protect ourselves from violence?

Just sayin’.

Then again, for someone to trust in prayer rather than guns, that would take true faith – which Cruz clearly doesn’t have.

The truth is, Ted Cruz is full of crap. Like many others before him, he uses religion to manipulate people. His claim to Christianity is nothing more than a ploy to con people into supporting beliefs that are in direct conflict with their own self interests.

A true person of faith, someone who “follows the signs,” would see these tragedies as motivation to change course – to correct a wrong. Clearly, Ted Cruz does not. He claims to believe in prayer while seemingly having no faith in those prayers or in God at all.

Instead, Cruz pushes fear, hate, judgement and paranoia as opposed to true Christian values of hope, faith, love and acceptance. He’s nothing more than an ordinary religious hypocrite; someone who talks the talk, but sure as hell doesn’t walk the walk.

So to Ted Cruz, either get real or shut the hell up. Your prayers aren’t a viable solution to this epidemic; if they were, we wouldn’t be seeing unthinkable stories like this on a daily basis.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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