Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts And Prayers?’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts And Prayers?’ March 15, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asks “What good are your thoughts and prayers?” after 49 people were killed and 20 seriously injured in a terror attack targeting two mosques in New Zealand.

After the devastating terrorist attack conducted by anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, white supremacists in the New Zealand city of Christchurch, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

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.


Sutherland Springs.

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

Expanding on her tweet Ocasio-Cortez opined:

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 noted that her condemnation of the expression “thoughts and prayers” was aimed at the NRA:

(“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.)

While Ocasio-Cortez was right to question the value of the common but ultimately meaningless act of offering “thoughts and prayers” after a terror attack, some did not appreciate her pointed observation.

For example, on Fox and Friends, GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger condemned Ocasio-Cortez for questioning the value of thoughts and prayers, while insisting that “thoughts and prayers are impactful.”

Kinzinger is wrong; Ocasio-Cortez is right. In fact, everyone should question the value of thoughts and prayers. Indeed, prayers are not enough. Prayers are never enough.

Prayers are nothing but 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.

Bottom line: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions the validity of “thoughts and prayers” after a deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts And Prayers?’ (Image via Twitter)
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Asks: ‘What Good Are Your Thoughts And Prayers?’ (Image via Twitter)
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