‘What good are your thoughts and prayers…?’ – AOC responds to mosque shooting

Democratic Socialist and freshman congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to a shooting at a mosque in New Zealand with a negative reaction to the “thoughts and prayers” being sent to the victims of the attack:

“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.

“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

While her negative response was curious, her reasoning was even further removed from any traditional wisdom:

“(‘Thoughts and prayers’ is (in) reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect (the) conversation away from policy change during tragedies,” Ocasio-Cortez clarified. “Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.),”

Some of the responses to the congresswoman’s tweets were quick to criticize her for her negative sentiments, including NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch:

“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 sufferin(g),” said Loesch

“This is incredibly insensitive to my Muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people,” replied Washington Examiner commentator Siraj Hashmi.

“Yes the one way to show empathy for people murdered at their place of worship is to mock prayer,” another person responded.

Memphis journalist Melissa Moon responded to Ocasio-Cortez’s statement with a quote from former President Ronald Reagan:

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”
– Ronald Reagan