CNN host Erin Burnett was heading into a commercial break on Wednesday when she teased a photo (seen below) of evangelical leaders laying hands on and praying for President Donald Trump.
"Such an honor to pray within the Oval Office" with Pres. Trump and VP Pence, Christian business leader Johnnie Moore tweeted after the mtg. pic.twitter.com/95IbSS4YBO
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) July 12, 2017
The image came from a meeting President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence had with the Faith Advisory Board and included Christian businessman Johnnie Moore, who called the opportunity to pray with the leaders of the free world “an honor.”
While the picture seems pretty self explanatory, Burnett had apparently never seen someone pray before. Clearly taken aback, she called the solemn moment “pretty stunning” and “very strange.”
Watch Burnett’s odd remarks below:
Given that over 80 percent of citizens currently living in the United States identify as Christian, and one the most critical parts of one’s walk as a Christian is daily prayer, it’s bizarre that the host of a national news program would be so caught off guard by the gesture. Besides genuine confusion, the only other possible explanation for such a peculiar response would be disdain—perhaps she holds prayer and Christian beliefs in contempt.
During a White House press briefing, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to media outrage over the photo in the best possible way, schooling reporters on the true meaning of prayer.
“The idea that somebody would only pray when they’re in crisis makes you miss the entire point of what prayer is about,” she said. “You should do it every day. It would be ridiculous to think that’s the only time you might do that—in a time of crisis.”