In response to horrific terrorist attacks committed on several Muslim houses of prayer and worship in New Zealand, socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to mock those who believe in prayer and worship.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,'” she tweeted early Friday morning Eastern Standard Time. “But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs.”
That part of her tweet was fine. There has indeed been an uptick in terrorist attacks committed in houses of worship. Just to be clear, the attacks she specified occurred in the U.S., not New Zealand.
Sadly, her tweet continued.
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.
What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?pic.twitter.com/2mSw0azDN8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she wrote in a manner that many perceived as teeming with condescension and mockery.
While the left has a history of mocking the “thoughts & prayers” that folks of various religious stripes — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist — issue after any calamity, what AOC wrote was to many beyond the pale, given as the estimated 49 Muslims who were murdered Friday were killed while praying.
As political commentator Stephen Miller (not to be confused with White House adviser Stephen Miller) noted on Twitter, “Saying thoughts and prayers do nothing in the immediate aftermath of people murdered while **praying** in their house of worship is the single dumbest f–`king nuclear take I’ve ever seen on this website. Ever.”
Saying thoughts and prayers do nothing in the immediate aftermath of people murdered while **praying** in their house of worship is the single dumbest fucking nuclear take I’ve ever seen on this website. Ever.
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 15, 2019
Yet when called out for her tone-deafness, she doubled down, tweeting, “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.”
What does the National Rifle Association have to do with a terrorist attack that occurred in New Zealand? And how is “thoughts and prayers” an NRA phrase it’s used by all religious folks?
These things have nothing to do with each other, yet AOC linked them together anyway. Why? Some think it’s because she’s an “an opportunistic scumbag,” among other things.
(“Thoughts and prayers” is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
She reacts to a Mass Shooting in a Foreign Country with “Yeah, but like , the NRA is totally bad right?”
She also uses this to attack people who pray for others.
AOC is an opportunistic scumbag. https://t.co/C0wsYk6K8d
— Joey Salads (@JoeySalads) March 15, 2019
Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 15, 2019
It’s too early in the day to already call it.
— g (@gena5406) March 15, 2019
No, thoughts and prayers have nothing to do with the NRA. You are literally the dullest tool to ever hold public office. I’m not just embarrassed for your constituents. I’m embarrassed for your parents.
— Susan_Wright [Insufficiently Partisan] (@SweetieWalker) March 15, 2019
A. Thoughts and prayers isn’t a phrase used by the NRA, it’s used by human beings with a heart during any time of suffering.
B. Per your thought, you know that the NRA isn’t an international organization, right?
Good lord you’re thick.
— The Persian Version (@Frackmandu) March 15, 2019
If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 15, 2019
Prayer is the reason for places of worship.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) March 15, 2019
What’s she specifically seeking? Gun control, of course. Never mind that one of the terrorist attacks in New Zealand was reportedly stopped by an armed Muslim man.
“A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city,” The New Zealand Herald reported. “One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45pm. A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.”
Only seven were killed at the Linwood mosque, whereas 42 were murdered at the al Noor mosque. One final victim reportedly died at a nearby hospital.
BREAKING: The New Zealand Herald reports that the shooting at the second mosque was stopped by an armed Muslim who “chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.” pic.twitter.com/BA2FzsXq2d
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 15, 2019
Despite the hideousness of her tweets, AOC isn’t actually the first virulently far-left individual to attack “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting at a religious facility.
CNN’s Don Lemon and MSNBC’s Joy Reid did the same thing after the Sutherland Springs church shooting in 2017 that left 26 dead, including an unborn child.
For some inexplicable reason the only way the far-left knows how to react to a tragedy is via the use of condescension and mockery to score political points. Sad.
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