Tell Paul Ryan that ACTIONS Speak Louder than PRAYER

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan thinks it’s divisive to expect Congress to do more than call for prayer after a mass shooting.

In discussing the criticism over his repeated failure to propose or even mention legislative action in the wake of violent tragedies like the recent shooting massacre in a Texas church, Ryan told Laura Ingraham of Fox News, “It’s disappointing. It’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith, don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say.”

“And it is the right thing to do, is to pray in moments like this because you know what? Prayer works,” Ryan asserted. “And when you hear the secular left doing this thing, no wonder you’ve got so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”

Using faith—belief in the absence of evidence—to justify apathy in the wake of a tragedy is what is polarizing, fomenting conflict between  Americans who want solutions, not just platitudes.

Prayer and other forms of reverence can comfort individuals and communities in times of crisis. CFI supports the right of every American to pray, worship, and heal as they wish. But numerous controlled studies have found zero evidence that prayer changes the outcome of worldly events such as mass shootings.

As the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and third in the line of succession to the presidency, Paul Ryan has a responsibility to advance legislative solutions based on the evidence that is available to every American. We should not have to rely on faith that this problem will be solved without diligent legislative effort from Congress.

That’s where you come in. As of 2016, the religiously unaffiliated are the largest voting bloc of any denomination in the United States. 21% of us identify as “nones,” and Speaker Ryan, along with the rest of Congress, needs to include our voice. Join us in being heard.

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Tell Speaker Ryan that ACTIONS speak louder than PRAYER. Use our action alert system to send a written message, and use the Capitol switchboard to share your views with your elected representatives over the phone. All your need to do is call (202) 224-3121 with your zip code to be connected to your elected officials.





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Dear [Decision Maker],

On November 6, when asked about the tragic mass shooting at First Baptist Church in Southerland Springs, Texas, you told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that prayer was the "right thing to do" after such tragedies because "prayer works."

You continued, "And when you hear the secular left doing this thing, no wonder you've got so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that."

We respectfully disagree. In fact, your appeal solely to religious faith in the aftermath of worldly tragedy is what is truly polarizing.

ACTIONS speak louder than PRAYER. I urge you to champion and advance evidence-based legislation to address the plague of gun violence in our country. We are watching.

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