Ocasio-Cortez Denigrates Prayer After Mass Shootings In Mosques

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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was blasted Friday for a tweet mocking the power of prayer after at least 49 people were reportedly killed in mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand.

The two mosques were attacked around the time of midday Friday prayer, and at least some of the incident was captured on video and live-streamed by the shooter, according to The New York Times.

“At first I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine,'” Ocasio-Cortez said in her first reaction to the massacre. “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

Ocasio-Cortez then attempted to clarify her tweet, writing in the thread, “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.”

Conservatives slammed Ocasio-Cortez for her decision to denigrate prayer immediately during the aftermath of an attack on people of faith.

“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,” the Washington Examiner’s Siraj Hashmi wrote.

Targeted Victory’s Caleb Hull declared, “Imagine thinking it’d be a good idea to attack prayer after a terrorist attack on a place that only exists because people pray.”

Dana Loesch, spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association (NRA), responded specifically to Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that the congresswoman’s reference to “thoughts and prayers” was merely a commentary on the NRA.

“Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase,” Loesch said.

The White House released a statement Friday condemning the attack, stating, “The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”

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