After Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) dismissed sending "thoughts and prayers" to victims of gun violence as "bulls**t," evangelical Christian leader Rev. Franklin Graham said that Booker "obviously doesn't know the power of prayer," and that until America calls on God for help in the human heart, "violence of all types will only continue to escalate."
Senator Booker, who is running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, made his remarks on CNN's The Axe Files, hosted by left-wing Democrat David Axelrod, on May 11.
Talking about gun violence and gun policy, Booker said, "When I'm president of the United States, I'm taking a fight to this issue like folks have never seen before, because we're better than this is a country. It's a uniquely American problem. No other country has this kind of carnage."
"We are not going to give thoughts and prayers, which to me is just bullsh**," said Booker. "And I'm sorry to say it as a man of faith, but I was taught that faith without works is dead."
Rev. Franklin Graham commented on May 12 in a post on Facebook. "Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker obviously doesn’t know the power of prayer," said Graham. "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," he said. "The solution for the problem in this country is much deeper than more laws."
Graham continued, "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," said the reverend. "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," said Graham.