Attorney Andrew Seidel takes issue with those suggesting prayer is what’s needed most in Brussels right now. If you’d like to respond in a meaningful way, there are other options:
To everyone who suggests that we pray for #Brussels, more religion is not the answer to this problem. And while those prayers might make you feel good, that’s all they are doing. Instead, try donating to a charity, like the Red Cross or Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), that actually gets on the ground and helps people. Or donate to an anti-extremist charity the Maajid Nawaz’s Quilliam Foundation and help fight what is likely the cause of these attacks. Pray if you must, but in addition to action, not as a substitute, and don’t expect much from your prayers. Religion is not the solution, it’s the problem.
#PrayForBrussels? Not so much.
You can donate to the Red Cross in Belgium and Doctors Without Borders at those links. There are also groups like the Foundation For Peace which offers long-term support (counseling, etc.) for victims of these attacks and others like it. Here’s the Quilliam Foundation, too.
And just because it needs to be said: This is not suggesting Islam alone is to blame for the terrorist attacks. (Obviously many, many Muslims condemn what took place in the name of their faith.) But Islam is one hell of a potent ingredient in the mix and its holy writings can’t be ignored in any future discussion of motives.
Ali A. Rizvi put it well:
If your first reaction to #Brussels is, "Oh no, this is going to make Islam look really bad," you're part of the problem.
— Ali A. Rizvi (@aliamjadrizvi) March 22, 2016