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Albert Mohler: Thoughts And Prayers

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In the wake of tragedy, we are accustomed to hearing calls for “ thoughts and prayers.” We have heard them from prominent political figures, both Democrats and Republicans. But more recently, such calls have drawn harsh criticism from the Left.

What does it mean when a political leader says that the nation’s “ thoughts and prayers ” are with those who are in sorrow and grief? It could mean nothing. It could be a quick way of moving on without meaning to do anything.

Or it could be an expression of what is called “civil religion,” the common spiritual language of the American people. Robert Bellah, a sociologist at the University of California at Berkeley, famously argued that “every nation and every people come to some form of religious self-understanding whether the critics like it or not.”

Some critics clearly do not like it. Nevertheless, expressions of civil religion are necessary for a president of the United States — any president — who must lead the nation, sometimes as mourner in chief.

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Texas Shooting Leaves America Stunned Once Again

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Townhall Review — November 11, 2017

Hugh Hewitt speaks with Congressman Mike Walker to discuss the tragic shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Mike Gallagher speaks with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton who believes that “thoughts and prayers” actually do matter. Suzanna Hupp, author of “From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control”, speaks with Mike Gallagher on the gun control debate surrounding this latest crisis. Michael Medved interviews his brother, Jonathan Medved, a prominent business leader in Israel on what terrorist prevention tactics the U.S can employ that have been working in Israel. Dennis Prager looks at why the most common issue among American born and bred mass killers is mental illness, and if it should matter. Michael Medved interviews Erica Komisar, a clinical social worker, psychoanalyst and parent guidance expert on why the first three years of a child’s development are so crucial. Wrapping up the show, Medved looks at a new study that finds many Millennials, if given the choice, would choose socialism or even communism over capitalism and why they find Joseph Stalin a hero.

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