On Friday local time, a terrible tragedy took place in Christchurch, New Zealand. A massive shooting took place at two mosques in the city, killing 49 people.
People all over the world gathered together to lift up those killed in the attack and their families to God's care. In the face of a terrible tragedy, most chose to offer support and love.
Not so for Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. In a tweet sent soon after the tragic news broke, AOC wrote, "At 1st I thought of saying, 'Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,'" in reference to police's instructions to people to not go to any mosque in New Zealand.
She continued, "But I couldn’t say “imagine.” Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs."
These are references to the shootings at an African Methodist Episcopal church, a Jewish synagogue, and a Baptist church.
She concluded with an incredibly offensive comment: "What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?"
She seemed to be asking people of faith where their God was. She didn't offer any answers to how to solve this problem of violence. Generally, this would be followed up with a call for gun control, but guns are already strictly controlled in New Zealand.
People already responded to her tweet. One man from New Zealand asked how she could say something
Others also called her out for lack of tact and care.
She later added a tweet to try to soften the original comment. However, she didn't delete the first tweet.
Please join us in praying for the people of Christchurch as they deal with this tragedy. Even if AOC doesn't think it works, they need our prayers now more than ever.