Tristan Justice
Tristan Justice|The Federalist

Tristan Justice seems to be employed by The Federalist, an outlet slightly more discerning than WND … most of the time. TJ has been quite prolific. Thursday’s scintillating essay from Mr. Justice is titled: Marianne Williamson Gets It Right — Stop Mocking Thoughts And Prayers. Justice goes on to write:

While Democrats mock the “thoughts and prayers” offered in the aftermath of the latest mass shooting in Texas, Marianne Williamson stands out from the crowd, criticizing elitist “mockery” of sincerely held religious beliefs.

Tristan Justice is profoundly confused. I will be brief. Since Mr. Justice might read this I will acquaint him with the fact that I was seriously injured by gun violence. I was ambushed and shot (point-blank in the back with a .45) in an effort to put the brakes on an internal audit that I had orchestrated.

I am quite irrational and the debilitating PTSD will never go away. The latest advance is esketamine (ketamine nasal spray under medical supervision) but I have been unable to find a provider. I am tempted to try a dot-onion alternative.

“Thoughts and prayers” offend me. Not because of irreligious sentiments but because thoughts and prayers© have become a substitute for actually doing something about gun violence. I, for one, don’t want to hear it. I do not want anyone to end up like me so what I want to hear is a commitment to advance legislation that will enhance gun safety. We can start with universal background checks.

That brings me to Marianne Williamson and her tweet which has since been deleted:

I am not clever enough with Twitter to measure how much mockery that tweet caused. Personally, I do not find the tweet objectionable. If people want to pray for an obviously beneficial outcome that’s fine with me. I am certain that it won’t do a bit of good but the prayers and the call to prayer do not harm me in the least.

Mr. Justice concludes:

Mocking thoughts and prayers does nothing but further polarize an already-divided society, alienating those who might be willing to come around to a different point of view and breeding a culture of contempt, where people see their opponents at less than human beings.

When it comes to gun violence, people are not “mocking” thoughts and prayers. Many people are very angry that our nation is doing nothing about excessive gun violence. “Mockery” defines many of the laws passed in Red states which seem intended as in-your-face insults to the people Justice and others describe as “elitist.” If the desire for sane gun laws makes me an elite, so be it.

“Elites” is a term used by the right to describe people who base their opinions on facts and evidence. Secular critical thinkers instigate the derision in place of logical argument. People who think that tornadoes are caused by the collision of cold dry air with warm moist air, rather than God’s wrath over Obergefell are elites.

My Twitter response to thoughts and prayers is usually something along the lines of: “Instead of thoughts and prayers after the fact you should do something to make us all safer.” I can usually refrain from concluding that sentence with “you fucking imbecile.”

The bottom line to my noise is that thoughts and prayers in the aftermath of gun violence is frustrating to some; offensive to others. On the other hand, prayers that seek a deity to intervene in a budding catastrophe should not bother us in the least. Tristan Justice should not have mixed the two things together.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.