U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed those expressing thoughts and prayers for the victims of Friday's mass shooting that killed 49 people in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Reacting to remarks made by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter and invoked other mass shootings that took place in houses of worship.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs,’” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
If we’re in “maximum peril” as Beto O’Rourke says, it would be arrogant, selfish and foolish to consider anything else but prayer. Maximum peril is precisely the time to pray more, not less. And that is why it is offensive that AOC mocks prayer as some meaningless platitude that we should be embarrassed to offer up in times like these.
The congresswoman was referencing the 2015 Charleston shooting at the Emmanuel A.M.E. Church that left nine dead, the 2017 Sutherland Springs shooting at the First Baptist Church that left 27 dead, and the 2018 Pittsburgh shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue that left 11 dead.
“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she asked.
We are at maximum peril — but not for the reason Beto or AOC think we are. They think we’re in trouble because we’re placing too much trust in God, when in reality we’re not placing enough trust in Him. The country He so very blessed for making Him the center of its founding is turning its back on Him.
Using the murder of innocent people as an opportunity to score political points illuminates nothing and advances anguish. Dont be like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who saw reports of mass shootings in New Zealand as an excuse to attack the National Rifle Association.
At 1st I thought of saying, Imagine being told your house of faith isnt safe anymore. But I couldnt say imagine, her account tweeted early Friday morning. Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they dont even keep the pews safe?
At 1st I thought of saying, Imagine being told your house of faith isnt safe anymore.But I couldnt say imagine.Because of Charleston.Pittsburgh.Sutherland Springs.What good are your thoughts & prayers when they dont even keep the pews safe?pic.twitter.com/2mSw0azDN8
At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.” But I couldn’t say “imagine.” Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?
Two mosques were attacked in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayer. The terrorist (or terrorists) who carried out the attacks is believed to have murdered an estimated 49 people as they were gathered for worship, according to New Zealand officials.
This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities. We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it, Ocasio-Cortez continued on Twitter.
She added: (Thoughts and prayers is reference to the NRAs phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.)
(Thoughts and prayers is reference to the NRAs phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.)
What are people to think, then, when their side of the political aisle is losing the fight? What if we’re 11 years in and there has still been no Green New Deal? What kind of desperation will people be feeling, as the world is nearing the end of the line (according to AOC)?
First, though mocking thoughts and prayers post-mass shooting is in vogue with both the news and entertainment industries, its a particularly odious response following targeted attacks on places of worship. Do you know who would probably appreciate some prayers right now? The victims of attacks on places of worship. The congresswomans tweets are the equivalent of responding to a church firebombing with, Where is your God now? Which is to say, its little more than a cruel exercise in self-righteousness.
A worldview that excludes God leaves a massive void, and people naturally look to someone other than Him as their ultimate authority. And when people look to fallible humans (and bureaucratic systems made up of fallible humans) it’s a recipe for disaster.
Second, the NRA didnt create or even popularize the phrase thoughts and prayers. So, Im not sure what shes on about with that.
Third, by engaging in the cliche of mocking thoughts and prayers, the congresswoman is perpetuating the straw man argument that suggests Second Amendment proponents believe an expression of solidarity and sympathy is a solution rather than what it is: An expression of solidarity and sympathy.
Fourth, her anger is aimed entirely at an advocacy group, not the actual shooter who murdered people. This is not a serious reaction. Its partisan hackery.
Lastly, attacking a pro-Second Amendment organization doesnt even make sense in the context of the Christchurch shootings. The NRA has nothing to do with New Zealands gun laws. Also, what “policy change” for New Zealand does Ocasio-Cortez think that we, Americans, should be discussing? The congresswomans obvious eagerness to score partisan points against the NRA is especially nonsensical considering New Zealand has some of the strictest and most comprehensive gun control laws in the world.
To recap: The congresswoman dismissed the efficacy of prayer following the massacre of Muslim worshippers so that she could attack an American organization that has no bearing whatsoever on laws in New Zealand, which actually has some of the strictest gun regulations in the world. Who, exactly, did Ocasio-Cortez hope to serve with her tweets? It wasnt the Christchurch victims, I can tell you that.
I want to make clear here that Ive no great love for the NRA. Im not a member, and Im still angry about its lackluster response to the shooting death of lawful gun owner Philando Castile. The purpose of this article isnt to defend any group or even recommend the New York congresswoman be voted out of office. The point here is to say only: Dont be like Ocasio-Cortez.