Oct 23, 2019

Compassion in prayer

By Laura Tsutsui

The opinion piece on Monday was riddled with insensitivity and assumed laziness of those who are praying for the crisis in France.

The piece referred to itself as “not an indictment of religion, but rather an indictment of prayers which go unheard and unanswered.”

On the contrary, the piece brought accusation against religion. It may not have called out any one religion, but certainly offended any who feel a connection to a God, universe, or higher power. Many religious practices include reciting prayers or sutras and using thoughts and words to communicate to a higher being.

Contrary to what the opinion piece implied, President Barack Obama’s statement in the aftermath of the mass shooting at Oregon was not calling prayer and action a mutually exclusive response. He finished his statement with the following words: “May God bless the memories of those who were killed today. May He bring comfort to their families, and courage to the injured as they fight their way back. And may He give us the strength to come together and find the courage to change.” President Obama was imploring that prayer and action be wholly inclusive. Yes, prayer can seem one-sided, but that does not mean it is any less significant of a response, particularly when coupled with action.

I offer the suggestion that Mr. Troy Pope not abuse his position as editor-in-chief to offend those who find comfort in the compassion and support that prayer offers. The world is already grieving tragedy at the hands of the merciless on a large scale. This university does not need ignorance undermining its student-run organizations as well.

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