The Vitriol towards Chris Pratt for Sending “Prayers” to Kevin Smith is Embarrassing

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The Vitriol towards Chris Pratt for Sending “Prayers” to Kevin Smith is Embarrassing

I am not a Christian.

If a Christian sends “thoughts and prayers” to me for condolences of a lost loved one or because I’m having tough times, I don’t get upset about it. Why? It’s harmless. In fact, it’s endearing. They’re taking time out of their lives to show you they care.

However, when people sent “thoughts and prayers,” – as they always do – to the victims, the victims’ families and the survivors of the Parkland massacre post-tragedy, the reason why it’s infuriating in that particular case is because it’s weaponized as an excuse to prevent change. People keep dying and “thoughts and prayers” are not stopping them. We need action from Washington.

But in this particular case, one of the biggest movie stars in the world, Chris Pratt, sent two tweets to filmmaker Kevin Smith when he suffered a massive heart attack during a back-to-back show in Los Angeles recently.

Here was Smith’s post:

Chris Pratt responded with two sympathetic tweets.

But several of Pratt’s followers quickly blasted the star because they compared his call for prayer to politicians who have sent “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of recent school shootings. Equating those two isn’t even close to accurate.

“WTF is praying going to do?” wrote one commenter. “Wise up! He’s in hospital, science is the best place for him, diet change and exercise. Not random thoughts by you or anyone else.”

“Healing power of prayer? This is a parody right?” wrote another.

Here are some more vitriolic tweets attacking his faith.

Everyone has different beliefs but they don’t always have to be divisive. Families across the United States are rife with siblings and parents who vehemently disagree with certain ideologies, whether it’s politics, religion, lifestyle, etc. But does that mean you don’t love them?

This isn’t to say that neo-Nazis who support the mass genocide of races aren’t bad people. They are. Racists, bigots and homophobes have extremist views that will hopefully go extinct soon – eventually. To be fair, there are Christians who don’t agree that homosexuality is “natural,” but they don’t condemning of that individual. They think homosexuals are lost souls. The rest of think they are lost souls. And thus the vicious cycle continues. After all, we’re all sinners, right?

But Chris Pratt’s message to Kevin Smith had nothing but good intentions and those aggressive tweets were unwarranted, and disgustingly out of line.

Director James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy Volumes I & II came to his star’s defense on Twitter:

“And number one, thanks to Chris Pratt, how sweet was that,” Kevin Smith said in a post-hospital video he posted. “Number two, please don’t fight over stuff like that. It’s a waste of time. Whether you’re religious or not, someone saying ‘I’ll pray for you,’ it’s good intentions.”

So to all you trolls who were “offended” by Pratt’s message to Smith, no one cares about your opinion.

~ by Jennifer Slate

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Jennifer Slate is an accomplished artist and when she’s not writing; you can find her tearing up the art scene with her talented sculptures and paintings around the Houston area.

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