- Even if you think this, this is not the time to say it.
It’s almost like prayer doesn’t do anything https://t.co/WfbZhqVoEx
— adam22 (@adam22) November 6, 2017
- Or it’s a sign that someone committed a crime.
If people were being shot as they were praying that's a sign that prayer by itself ain't enough #TeamDl
— DL Hughley (@RealDLHughley) November 5, 2017
- Politicians can be religious too, Anne.
PRAYER! following a shooting AT A CHURCH! it’s as offensive as it is insulting especially when used only to suggest a politician’s morality.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) November 5, 2017
- If Congress changed laws, the man who stopped the murderer wouldn’t have had a gun.
- Ill-placed sarcasm at its finest.
I was just murdered at the church in Texas & my mom was sad but then a Paul Ryan Prayer® floated up & enveloped her & now she’s at peace.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) November 5, 2017
- How is this an appropriate reaction in any way?
The murdered victims were in a church. If prayers did anything, they'd still be alive, you worthless sack of shit. https://t.co/iGHxPrYrLN
— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) November 5, 2017
- This is not a prayer-in, result-out token system.
Hi! Can you please give me the approximate number of prayers it takes to stop one mass shooting? Asking for 320 million people. https://t.co/IqKNmzFmGB
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) November 6, 2017
- That’s not how this works, Jen.
They were literally in GOD’S HOUSE when the shooting happened. Thoughts & prayers don’t work. Try again. https://t.co/2IktcBD1rG
— Jenna Autuori (@FITNESSjenna) November 6, 2017
- Prayers can now cause harm, apparently.
If you pray for victims of gun violence while doing nothing else—your prayers may as well be bullets for the next mass shooting. @GOP
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 6, 2017
- This is such a flippant response to such a horrible tragedy.
- Thank you for your input, Matt.
Sending "thoughts and prayers" to the shooting victims from the church is about as useless as going to church.
— MP (@mattpro13) November 5, 2017
Whether someone is religious or not, soon after a shooting is not the time to criticize. Off-the-cuff critiques of the prayer the victims held dear is not appropriate and adds nothing of value to the conversation.
If you can’t say anything nice, stop tweeting your thoughts. Even if you don’t offer prayers of your own, respect those that do.