THE RIGHT FINDS THE STRANGEST THINGS TO WHINE ABOUT…. On Sunday, President Obama issued a pretty straightforward statement, calling for a moment of silence to honor the shootings in Tucson.

“Tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. eastern standard time, I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honor the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, including those still fighting for their lives,” Obama said. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.”

If, reading that paragraph, you didn’t see anything offensive about the president’s statement, you’re just not thinking like a right-wing activist or media personality.

The problem, apparently, is that Obama called on Americans to come together in “prayer or reflection.” CNN’s Erick Erickson said the president is “getting bashed” for this in conservative circles, and as far as Erickson is concerned, Obama deserves the criticism.

He recently made people mad by quoting the Declaration of Independence and leaving out the bit about the Creator. During his inaugural address he mentioned atheists and subsequently proclaimed us not a Christian nation.

In yesterday’s “moment of silence” he wanted prayer or reflection. Here’s the problem — when conservatives push for school prayer and advocate for a “National Day of Prayer,” they include “or reflection” to get around namby-pamby atheist objectors.

But the left uses it too. The left uses it to accommodate atheists.

President Obama’s statement stands out because it is just another verbal telling that he’s ideologically of the left. He already has problems with a public perception of him and his faith. That things like this keep coming up suggests the general public is right in their skepticism of the sincerity of his faith.

I simply lack the ability to comprehend such abject stupidity.

In the wake of senseless violence, including the murder of a small child and an assassination attempt on a member of Congress, the president called for a national moment of silence. Whether one prays or reflects, Obama thought it appropriate to honor the memory of the victims.

And by doing so, Erickson believes the president deserves not only to be bashed, but to have his commitment to his faith questioned.

Keep in mind, Erickson is not some obscure figure — he’s a leading right-wing online voice, was popular in the Bush White House, and is a paid political analyst for CNN.

Anyone seeking additional evidence of the right’s intellectual bankruptcy just got another example.

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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.