2020 Presidential hopeful Cory Booker just made headlines for trashing prayers offered after tragic shootings. In an interview aired on CNN, Booker, who calls himself a "man of faith," said that "thoughts and prayers" are just "bulls**t."
"So, when I'm president of the United States, I'm taking the fight to this issue like folks will never seen before because we're better than this as a country," Booker said.
"It's a uniquely American problem, no other country have this kind of carnage," he claimed. "More people in my lifetime have died in this nation, uh, due to gun violence than in all the wars and revolutionary wars to now.
"We're not gonna give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bulls**t and I'm sorry to say that as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead," Booker added, referencing the New Testament.
"We're gonna bring a fight with everything that I have to solve this problem because it's solvable," he said.
Franklin Graham had a lot to say about Booker's crass remarks about prayer. In a passionate Facebook post, the evangelical leader said: "Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker obviously doesn’t know the power of prayer. He said that thoughts and prayers after gun violence is BS. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. When people have lost loved ones, they need the comfort and strength that can only come from God."
"The solution for the problem in this country is much deeper than more laws," continued Graham. "The Bible says, '…out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies …' (Matthew 15:19). Jesus’ words are true, and only He can transform the human heart. I’m sorry that some of our politicians have turned their backs on God. I’m going to continue to pray for victims of violence and their loved ones, and I’m going to continue to urge others to pray for them when these tragedies occur. Unless our nation calls on God and turns our heart toward Him, violence of all types will only continue to escalate."
Graham made it clear in his post that Booker's negative words about prayer won't stop him from praying again anytime soon. CNN shared the interview on Twitter, drawing mostly backlash from commenters.
Even an atheist dismissed Booker's coarse words.
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