On Tuesday, as Americans continued to process the terrible mass shootings which occurred over the weekend, Mike Pence called on the nation to turn its heart toward God.
Speaking to the Alliance Defending Freedom in Arlington, the Vice President referenced a remark by the Commander-in-Chief:
“As the president said, ‘Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside…and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion, and love.’ Now is the time to overcome evil with good.”
And how do we do that? Perhaps it’s through communication with a higher power:
“It has always been true throughout the long history of this country, in times of trial, the American people turn to faith and prayer.”
Pray for everyone hurt — the victims and the nation, broadly:
“In this dark hour for the people of El Paso and Dayton, we do well to pray, pray for healing, pray for the families of those that were lost and injured, pray for those communities, and for our nation as a whole.”
Belief in God is a strength, he explained. It binds us:
“We also do well in this time to recognize that the greatest source of community in the modern world is faith. Our nation was built upon strong voluntary associations and depends upon them today more than ever before.”
It’s certainly a grave wound to the American soul.
And no answers to “why” could possibly suffice.
But Mike pointed out that, historically, the country’s houses of worship have served as places of comfort — though times are certainly changing:
“From the American founding, voluntary associations — churches, synagogues, places of worship, and religious education — have been at the center of American communities and they are the wellspring of American strength. But as you all know well, we live in a time where we’ve seen people driving religion from the public square and it’s even become fashionable for many in the media and popular culture to mock religious belief.”
For those of you who prone to agree, consider the Vice President’s call to help heal the national hurt:
“Let’s pray for the people of El Paso and Dayton. As we pray, let us resolve to act to make our communities safer. Let us resolve that we will do our part to ensure that our heritage of family and faith and freedom is renewed and preserved for this generation and the next.
“God bless the people of El Paso and Dayton and God bless all of you here to defend faith and freedom for the American people. And may God bless America.”
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