- - Thursday, December 3, 2015

Years ago, a typical defense tactic in rape trials was to accuse the victim of being of questionable morals. Her prior dating history, her style of clothing and virtually any detail of her life were laid bare for the world to see.

It was a shameless attack on the victim of a violent inexcusable act.

This week we saw the senseless killings in San Bernadino, California, play out on television with wall to wall news coverage. A devout Muslim man and his mate turned over their child to a grandparent, then dressed in combat gear, armed themselves to the teeth and shot up a Christmas party. Fourteen human beings were killed. Seventeen more injured.

The headline story in one newspaper was an attack on God, on prayers and on those who choose to pray. “God isn’t fixing this” screams the headline in the New York Daily News. Much like those old rape trials that failed to focus on the perpetrator, many in the mainstream media are attacking the response to the violence, rather than the shooters themselves.

Prayer is not an act of cowardice. God has not abandoned his children.

God gave man free will and the unfortunate reality is some people exercise that free will making evil choices. But millions of people find comfort, solace and safety in prayer. To criticize them in the face of tragedy and pain is disgraceful.

Debates over gun laws and gun free zones are healthy all-American discussions and are worthy of conversation by our leaders and citizens alike. But perhaps politicians on all sides should wait until the facts are in before they make knee-jerk reactions and proclamations. Shamelessly pushing gun control and other agendas in the wake of violence serves no one.

In the meantime, the criticism of those who would pray in times of adversity must stop. We’re a country created in great part for the right to worship freely. Attacking those who exercise that right in tough times may be the most egregious part of the aftermath.

May God bless them … and us … and even those who criticize. They know not what they do.

Amen.

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