In a video that has captured a national audience, East Catholic High School students refute the idea that prayer in the face of bloody chaos is an empty platitude. “The message that we wanted to send was that prayer does matter; prayer is part of action,” Principal Jason Hartling said Tuesday. The school posted the video on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/EastCatholicHighSchool/?fref=ts) Monday morning, and as of late Tuesday morning, 3,327 users had shared it. Calls of thanks and encouragement have come in from throughout the country, Hartling said. The video, which also has been posted on several news sites, shows students holding handwritten placards with messages such as, “So many have told God that he’s not welcome in public” and “Pray that God is allowed back into our lives.” Representing a cross section of religions, the students call “for people of all faiths to stand together and to pray” for the victims, their families and “our First Amendment.” The reaction stems from so-called “prayer shaming” in the wake of the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2. After 14 people were killed and many more wounded by a married couple who proclaimed allegiance to the Islamic State, Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut blasted his colleagues for resorting to boilerplate “thoughts and prayers” while rejecting policies that would better control gun sales.
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Photo: East Catholic High School Facebook page