This photo was released, showing Vice President Mike Pence commencing his Coronavirus task force with a prayer. Predictably, it was mocked by many on the left.

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Hemant Mehta, who writes for’s “Friendly Atheist” blog, wrote that “it’s not a joke when people say these Republicans are trying to stop a virus with prayer.”

“What else did anyone expect?” Mehta asked. “Science? Reason? Something sensible? Of course not. If this virus truly becomes a pandemic, we’re at the mercy of people delusional enough to think their pleas to God will fix the problem. The same God who presumably created the virus, at least in their minds, will somehow make sure it hurts only a handful of Americans … and a ton of Chinese people.”

Dr. Angela Rassmussen, a virologist at Columbia University, also criticized the prayer. “I have yet to attend a scientific meeting that begins in prayer,” she wrote.

Thomas Chatterton Williams, a contributing writer with the New York Times Magazine, shared the photo on Twitter and commented that “we are so screwed.”

“They’re treating this disease with the seriousness and urgency they bring to gun violence,” Williams wrote in a tweet. “While some are taking solace in the thought that this administration — which disbanded the CDC pandemic team in 2018 — performatively prays for the camera, this is a chilling window into their actual epidemiological unpreparedness and incompetence.”

Hahahahahahaa!!! Washington thought prayer could help him and his men persevere through the harsh winter of Valley Forge!!!! Hahahahaha!

Heeeheheheheheeheeeee!!! Lincoln thought prayer could help the country to free slaves and somehow keep the country together!!!!! What a fooooooool!!!!

Hahahaha. FDR thought that the nation could persevere through the most eventful day of the war with a prayer. Oh boy, we’re soooooo screwed.