Annapolis Shooting Survivor Tells Trump: We Need More Than Prayers

Annapolis Shooting Survivor Tells Trump: We Need More Than Prayers June 29, 2018

Hero: Annapolis shooting survivor Selene San Felice speaks truth to power, tells Trump his prayers are meaningless “if there’s nothing else.”

Selene San Felice, a reporter for Maryland’s Capital Gazette newspaper, is a survivor of and witness to the Annapolis shooting that left five of her colleagues dead and more injured.

After the shooting San Felice spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about her horrific ordeal.

San Felice explained to Cooper  that she hid under her desk while the gunman opened fire, noting that the shooting had left the newsroom “shaken.” In addition, the reporter said that she was not interested in empty thoughts and prayers from politicians.

San Felice told Cooper:

I’ve heard that President Trump sent his prayers. I’m not trying to make this political, right? But we need more than prayers. I appreciate the prayers. I was praying the entire time I was [hiding] under that desk. I want your prayers but I want something else.

San Felice continued:

I’m going to need more than a couple days of news coverage and some thoughts and prayers because our whole lives have been shattered, and so thanks for your prayers, but I couldn’t give a fuck about them if there’s nothing else.

The F word is bleeped out on the official CNN YouTube clip, but it wasn’t bleeped out when CNN aired the interview –

Many cheered San Felice for her brave and sensible words immediately after the horrific shooting. However, some puritans seemed more concerned about the fact that the reporter had used an obscenity on a cable news show than with the fact that five people had been killed in yet another mass shooting.

For example, Senator Marco Rubio went on Twitter to clutch his pearls and denounce the use of the “F word.” Rubio tweeted:

“Sign of our times… the F word is now routinely used in news stories, tweets etc It’s not even F*** anymore. Who made that decision???”

And Twitter responded to Rubio’s misplaced puritanical concerns:

Bottom line: Annapolis shooting survivor Selene San Felice is right. Prayers are not enough. In fact, prayers are never enough. Prayers are spiritual masturbation: they might make the person doing the praying feel a little better, but prayers do nothing to effect change in the real world.

Annapolis Shooting Survivor Selene San Felice Tells Trump: We Need More Than Prayers (Image via Twitter)
Annapolis Shooting Survivor Selene San Felice Tells Trump: We Need More Than Prayers (Image via Twitter)
"I don't have a link, because it was a paper article, but in a french ..."

Mormon Church Opposes Ban On Conversion ..."
"No he doesn’t. There is nothing in the Bible that says that parents can execute ..."

Pat Robertson: Parents Should Have Disobedient ..."
"If we’re going to have gods, let’s at least have some with fertility rituals."

Michele Bachmann: God Says Climate Change ..."
"If you believe that god created humans, you have to believe that god made human ..."

Michele Bachmann: God Says Climate Change ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Nonreligious
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment