Paul Ryan Has a Message for Critics of Prayer in the Media and on Twitter

During a speech at the National Prayer Breakfast, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) took aim at critics of prayer in the press and on social media

“I have noticed a growing impatience with prayer in our culture,” Ryan said Thursday. “You see it in the papers or on twitter. When people say they’re praying for someone or something, the attitude in some quarters seems to be, ‘Don’t just pray; do something about it.’”

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on February 4,2016 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama attended the National Prayer Breakfast, the annual meeting of the city's political and religious leaders. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday in Washington, D.C. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

After December’s terrorist shooting in San Bernardino, California, many public figures called for prayers for the victims. The New York Daily News came out with a cover the next day that many found offensive, which said, “God Isn’t Fixing This.”

“When you are praying, you are doing something about it. You are revealing the presences of God,” Ryan said. “Whenever people are in grief or even when they’re about to start a great undertaking, they feel the world pain of all. They feel alone. How am I going to get through this? Why is this happening? My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Ryan also went on to remind listeners, “Our rights come from God.”

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