Today I want to discuss the debate about God and prayer in the face of tragedy.

I believe we've entered a new era of complete political divisiveness in America when you have the cover of a major newspaper, the Daily News in New York City, mocking those who tweeted out messages of faith with the headline: "God Isn't Fixing This."

That sentiment caught on like wildfire with politicians – and even journalists -- even getting in on the game, like this tweet from a Washington Post columnist:

"Dear ‘thoughts and prayers’ people: Please shut up and slink away. You are the problem, and everyone knows it."

After witnessing 9/11 here in New York City and working on the scene for months -- I will tell you without a doubt that prayer, and hoping for the presence of a higher power, was paramount.

Wow. I guess our president, Barack Obama, would fall into this category then, of supposedly needing to shut up and slink away. Since on Thursday he also sent his “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and their families in California.

People who invoke faith in tragedy don't do it thinking it shouldn't also come with action. 

My first reaction after the mass shooting yesterday was "enough." We're all weary.  We all want answers. We all want solutions. But until those come…

After witnessing 9/11 here in New York City and working on the scene for months -- I will tell you without a doubt that prayer, and hoping for the presence of a higher power, was paramount. 

No, God won't be the entire answer for keeping our country safe. The American people, deciding who they want to lead us, will.