Some in the Democratic Party have complained in recent years that the left has alienated many people of faith.
Based on some recent remarks from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), it appears party leaders are intent on exacerbating that perception.
“Simply did not believe”
In recent remarks from the House floor, Pelosi suggested that some of her colleagues believe Americans of faith commonly reject scientific evidence.
Regarding the proposed $900 billion COVID-19 stimulus bill and the months of legislative gridlock that led up to it, Pelosi said: “We couldn’t pass legislation until now because the administration simply did not believe in testing, tracing, treatment, wearing masks, sanitization, separation, and the rest.”
She went on to mock the Trump administration’s supposed dismissal of the “scientific approach” and the reported suggestion that “herd immunity” would be an effective approach to the pandemic.’
“Quackery springing right from the Oval Office and not denied sufficiently by the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and the rest,” Pelosi added.
Asserting that the newly approved vaccines should give Americans “hope,” she referenced the apparent belief of some on Capitol Hill that she cannot be both a believer in God and a believer in science.
“Fair and equitable and free”
“And I will say, you can do both,” she affirmed. “Science is an answer to our prayers and our prayers have been answered with a vaccine.”
Turning her attention back to the relief legislation, she said lawmakers have made the provision for vaccine doses “to be developed, purchased, and distributed in a way, again, that is fair and equitable and free.”
Of course, Trump himself has marveled at the rapid development of vaccine candidates, many of which were funded in large part by his administration’s Operation Warp Speed.
In a statement earlier this month, the president said that his team “raced into action to develop a safe and effective vaccine at breakneck speed” when doing so “would normally take five years, six years, seven years, or even more.”
Recognizing those responsible for the scientific breakthrough, the president added: “In order to achieve this goal, we harnessed the full power of government, the genius of American scientists, and the might of American industry to save millions and millions of lives all over the world.”