BEHOLD, THE PROPHET FROM GEORGIA…. Following up on an earlier item, President Obama led a moment of silence yesterday for the victims of the massacre in Tucson, and urged Americans to use the time to “come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

CNN’s Erick Erickson disapproved — he wanted the president to mention “prayer,” but not “reflection,” because the latter “accommodates atheists.” Erickson said the president deserves to be “bashed” for the phrasing, and also deserves to have the public question “the sincerity of his faith.” This led to a fair amount of criticism of the RedState blogger, from among others, me.

Erickson responded today on Twitter (not to me, per se, but to those who’ve noted his criticism).

Atheists are upset with me. But God is upset with them.

Two things. First, one need not be an atheist to be offended by Erickson’s smear of the president, and to assume that only non-believers would be bothered is strikingly narrow-minded.

Second, Erickson believes “God is upset” with atheists. I’m curious: how does he know?

No, seriously. I’m fascinated by those who are so arrogant, they’re comfortable claiming to know what God thinks and how God feels. So perhaps Erickson can enlighten us mere mortals who can only speculate about the state of mind of a supreme being. Is Erickson hearing voices? Does God send him text-messages? How can he be sure that God is “upset” with atheists and not, say, unhappy with right-wing media personalities who claim to have special insights into the Lord’s emotional state?

Also worth noting is the fact that Erickson went on to highlight “what’s missing” from the coverage of the shootings in Tucson.

Through it all though, well meaning people on both sides of the ideological and partisan divide are not talking about the one thing that should be talked about — a saving faith in Jesus Christ.

I can’t help but wonder if Erickson was wearing his WWJD? bracelet when he published an item wondering when voters might “get off the couch, march down to their state legislator’s house, pull him outside, and beat him to a bloody pulp for being an idiot.” Or when he called retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter a “goat f–king child molester.” Or when he referred to two sitting U.S. senators as “healthcare suicide bombers.” Or when he praised protesters for “tell[ing] Nancy Pelosi and the Congress to send Obama to a death panel.”

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.