Much like everyone else on the planet, I was glued to my TV and social media upon hearing that 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on June 12,2016.
As we all watched the horror, the outpouring of grief, social media was flooded with the all too familiar "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the dead at this time."
Such a lovely sentiment, but so completely hollow.
I am an agnostic Christian. I believe in God. I also believe that I am unqualified to tell others that their religion is wrong, so I just assume that everyone is right until the rapture comes and we are proven otherwise. Thoughts and prayers are lovely, but thoughts and prayers alone won't create change. Ironically enough, the ones who generally preach thoughts and prayers are the ones who contribute the least.
When Senator Chris Murphy started his 14 hour filibuster to prompt a gun control vote, it was Republican senators were the ones who voted against the bill, the "Thoughts and Prayers" crew (if you'd like to know how your senators voted, check Here).The same "Thoughts and Prayers" senators also tried to stop a Democratic sit in to prompt a gun control vote. Oddly enough, 48 people were shot during the Filibuster. Welcome to the new normal.
Published by Mary-Helen Clark