Talk about your really bad timing.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez had perhaps the worst possible hot take after a gunman opened fire at two New Zealand mosques, killing 49 people and wounding countless others. But instead of going after the evil person who massacred a bunch of innocent worshippers, AOC decided to…mock prayer.
"What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don't even keep the pews safe?" AOC taunted in a tweet early Friday morning.
At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.”— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
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
Yeah, you read that right. Instead of simply condemning the gunman’s actions and calling for unity in the wake of such a senseless tragedy, the freshman congresswoman decided to attack prayer, just after 49 people were gunned down in a place of, well, prayer. In fact, the only reason these folks were in a mosque in the first place is because they were people who believed in the importance and power of prayer.
Of course, AOC later came back to clarify that her comments weren’t just an open-ended attack on all prayer, but merely the prayers of law-abiding gun owners in America who had exactly nothing to do with the shooting at all, but who are somehow expected to support gun control policies in New Zealand.
(“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
Perhaps someone should clue AOC in on the whole point of prayer - that it's not always to prevent tragedy, but to ask for comfort and peace in the wake of one.
Which is something the 49 shooting victims in those mosques likely believed.