Another day, another mass shooting -- with a twist. A husband and wife team of shooters, both having some allegiance to ISIS, open fire on a holiday party at government office county office. Fourteen dead, twenty-one wounded.
As is typical in these cases, government officials on both sides of the aisle lined up to send their thoughts and prayers to the victims.
But there appears to be a growing backlash to these standard, hackneyed responses.
One Senator wants his fellow legislators to "get off their asses" and do something about gun violence rather than expressing sorrow and then waiting for the next check from the NRA. The New York Post had a provocative front page yesterday that insisted that "God isn't fixing this" problem of mass carnage.
Aside from whether America's mass shooting problem will be solved with more guns or fewer guns, there's a religious aspect to the sight of lawmakers offering prayers for victims of violence: blasphemy.
There's more to blasphemy than saying "bad words." You can "fudge" fuck and "sugar" shit all you want and still not be a blasphemer. Blasphemy is an affront to the third commandment that instructs us to "not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain" or to "not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God," depending on the translation.
On one day, politicians will lift up their prayers to God for an end to violence. The next day, they are stuffing their pockets full of NRA money, voting down gun regulation an glad-handing ammunition lobbyists. This is crass hypocrisy, of course. But by brining God into their dirty dealing, politicians certainly misuse God's name.
God stands for an end to sin, an end to greed and an end to violence. Jesus stands for forgiveness, forgoing retaliation and promoting reconciliation. Politicians, many who claim to be religious, even Christian, not only promote anti-God and anti-Jesus agendas with their opposition to gun regulations, they trample on God's holy name in the bargain.
I stand with people who are sick of their faith being used to prop up greed and murder. Tell your legislator that if they must vote for the gun lobby's twisted agenda, then fine. But keep God and their hypocritical piety out of it. There is no room for God and guns on the same political platform.