Thank you for the Tuesday, May 29, feel-good brief, “Teacher who stopped attack says he had to save students,” about the 29-year-old “Hoosier Hero,” Indianapolis teacher Jason Seaman, who took three bullets as he tackled a student terrorist shooter in his classroom. Actions always speak louder than words, but in praising his 13-year-old injured student who was also shot, his extraordinary comment was second to none: “We all should continue to keep her in our minds as she continues to recover.”
Never mind that he deflected all attention away from his heroic, life-saving efforts. What really stands out is the “keep her in our minds,” with absolutely no mention of prayers whatsoever. Prayer definition number 1: “a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or an object of worship.” I think it troubling that congressional (in)action has been reduced to the oft-repeated and re-tweeted “thoughts & prayers,” suggesting you’ll get no earthly justice in this life, which is exactly what we’re getting with this do-nothing Congress. In fact the trite “thoughts & prayers” punch line prompted a “keep your prayers to yourself” response from the growing frustration with the brick-wall “prayer platitude.”
On the other hand, imagine how much more gun violence we’d experience if we didn’t have all these prayers ... yeah, and then you woke up!