So that’s what they’re all praying for

We’ve been seeing a lot of that vague “thoughts & prayers” rhetoric lately, which always makes me wonder what they’re praying for, in addition to what praying will accomplish. Digital Cuttlefish has the answer:

See, for months and years they’ve blustered, and they’ve pandered to their base,
Spouting biblical allusions which they’ll try now to erase
If the motive here was bigotry, as cannot be denied,
The senators’ own rhetoric is on the shooter’s side
So they’re praying, and they’re praying, and they’ll pray a little more
That the people won’t remember what they said a week before

At least we’re not the only ones who think “moments of silence” and “thoughts and prayers” are abominations.


  1. slithey tove (twas brillig (stevem)) says

    One way to tell everyone asking them questions, “be quiet. shush“.

  2. Cuttlefish says

    Thanks for that one, equisetum–I had to frantically check to see which of us published first.


  3. brucej says

    I cannot take credit for this, my wife saw it online someplace (paraphrased):

    “I think a moment of prayer and silence is just fine, if we can balance it with a moment of noise. I suggest 60 seconds of rapid gunfire and screaming”

  4. chigau (違う) says

    brucej #7
    Skipping the gunfire, that is actually a brilliant idea.
    One minute of howling outrage would convey my feelings better.

  5. Trickster Goddess says

    Samantha Bee, on her show, mocking Gov. Rick Scott’s advice: “You heard him, the biggest, most helpful thing you can do to insure this never happens again is sit quietly in a room with your eyes closed talking to nobody.”

    She continues: “But we pray after every mass shooting and they keep happening. Maybe we’re not praying right. Can we check the instruction manual?”

    Flips the bible open to James 2:17 “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

    “Oh, shit! We were supposed to do something while we prayed?”