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Who else is tired of the overused refrain “Thoughts and Prayers” when unspeakable tragedies like the Parkland, Florida, massacre are perpetrated? Is prayer really anything besides appeasement to the conscience of those that are doing the praying? There is certainly no detectable benefit for the victims and, judging by the increasing frequency of these senseless slaughters, no benefit for future victims. Prayer is what you do when you want to do the very least. Here’s an idea – how about we collectively keep THINKING about the current and impending casualties while at the same time taking ACTION to minimize the grief. Let’s start by electing thoughtful, secular leaders with a firm grasp on reality and generating real solutions, rather than dogmatists that subscribe to Bronze Age mythology.

Paul Montgomery

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