Fox News doesn’t just want you to think that prayer is the answer to mass shootings, it wants you to think the network is a direct pipeline from God.
The messenger for this absolutist view was Alveda King, Fox News contributor and the conservative niece of Martin Luther King. She’s estranged from the family (which Fox always seems to forget to mention when they hype her lineage). You need look no further than her ridiculous complaint about President Obama’s widely-praised Selma speech to understand why.
This particular Alveda King appearance was an attack on the New York Daily News for ripping Republican politicians for offering “prayers” (instead of solutions) to the San Bernardino shooting victims.
KING: When I saw the front page of that paper, and the words, “God is not going to fix this,” I realized immediately that people just don’t have an understanding of what prayer is, and we certainly must pray for the families, the colleagues and the friends of those who have been slain. …It is the human heart that causes good or evil. Some people can be violent, and some people can be helpful, and so God will fix this through the hearts of human beings.
Cavuto interrupted to whine and kiss up, “They don’t buy it. Alveda. You are a wonderful woman of God. What I like about you is you’ll tick off both sides. I think God would be proud of that.”
God would also be proud of smearing the “mainstream media” for not seeing God the way Fox News does, apparently. Cavuto continued, “But my honest point is on this, I think this really provided a window into the mainstream media’s thinking. Always critical of God, always critical of those who rally around God, either they’re hypocrites or they’re not really men and women of good intent, that the religious right is always grilled for being just silly and hypocritical, and I think this just provided an opportunity to say it.”
“We have to stand firm and take action,” King said. By which she meant we have to take no action other than to pray. “And when we get our motivation from our action is through prayer. …We do need gun control to a certain extent, but we don’t need any new laws, and we don’t need to disarm the people. …We have to pray, get direction and change our hearts.”
”Well said, as only you can,” Cavuto said approvingly.
Watch it below, from the December 3 Your World.
I mean, in the Bible, this “God” these folks keep harping on and on about seemed to be killing people left and right for this bit of silliness or that bit of worshiping the wrong person or whatever. But, for some odd reason, in the last 2000 years or so, nothing. People aren’t getting smitten from the heavens as some sort of “divine retribution.” No, they’re far more likely to be smitten down by some whackjob (many of whom should probably be getting some smiting down of their own for the audacity of claiming to be doing it “on God’s behalf”).
Hey, if believing in “God” helps you get through life, whatever. I frankly don’t care. But, consider this. Most people who believe in “God” talk about him as a parental figure (you know, “God, our heavenly Father,” etc) but they seem to act like they themselves are just toddlers, looking for (biological) Daddy’s permission and approval at every turn. I’m sure that most of us have parents who love us and are willing to give us help and guidance and support when we truly need it, but how many times (since you were, oh, 10 years old) have mommy and daddy stopped what they were doing to take time to listen to every one of your wants/needs/whines before, at some point, saying “Look, you’re old enough to handle this on your own?”
There’s an odd theory that I read about where the real reason “God” doesn’t actually DO anything anymore is because “He” is frankly tired of all his whiny emo-acting teens coming to Him with ALL their pathetic little needs (ie, “prayers”) and He’s sitting back waiting for us to just grow the fuck up and leave Him alone. EXCEPT when we REALLY need Him. (For everything else, that’s why He invented psychologists.)
The fact that there are charlatans out there (like Alveda King) claiming to be acting on His behalf and these frauds are NOT being rightfully smitten from the heavens should be ample proof that “God” isn’t real.
But, quite frankly, I’d love to see how Alveda King would react if someone pointed an AK-47 in her fugly face. Something tells me that she might be praying but I’d be willing to bet she’d be letting out some pretty unpleasant odors as certain bodily functions took place.
There, fixed it for ya.
El 84 says, “Adios”.