CNN baits evangelicals with ‘thoughts and prayers’ story


CNN and the rest of the mainstream media make a living off of exploiting Americans’ emotions.

Night after night, they trot out dueling pundits from various schools of thought to shout over one another in prime time.  This combative cacophony allows the American viewer to live vicariously through these supposed experts, forcing us to engage emotionally with programming that is truly little more than verbal professional wrestling.

As we grow increasingly desensitized to the vicious and vociferous arguments, these mainstream miscreants must turn to ever more offensive diatribes to hold our attention.

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That is, perhaps, why CNN is now telling the nation where to stick their “thoughts and prayers”.

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Citing a recent study, CNN said that “some atheists and agnostics would pay money” to avoid having prayers sent their way after suffering a natural disaster such as a hurricane.

Sending thoughts and prayers in the wake of disasters is “controversial,” said Linda Thunström, an economist at the University of Wyoming who co-authored the studypublished Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The study, based on interaction with some 400 residents in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence’s destruction in 2018, said that atheists and agnostics are “prayer averse” — willing to pay to avoid receiving prayers — and are especially against receiving thoughts and prayers “from Christians.”

Of course, looking plainly at the argument, it seems clear that CNN has forgotten precisely what our freedom of religion stands for.

Atheism is expressly allowed in America, the same as Christianity, Scientology, Buddhism, Islam, or what have you.  Heck, there are even folks whose driver’s license photos depict them wearing colanders on their heads in allegiance with the Church of The Flying Spaghetti Monster.  This is a nation of freedom, no matter how you slice it.

That’s why CNN’s schtick is so transparent.  They are not reporting some important bit of “news” here.  Rather, they are purposefully riling up the evangelical right in order to get eyes on their product.

 

 

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