Taking to his Facebook page earlier today, Andrew L. Seidel suggested that praying is not the answer or a practical solution to events such as these, and that responding to an act of religious terror with a counter religion is not helping anyone.
“To everyone who suggests that we pray for #Brussels,” Seidel wrote, “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 of Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres (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.”
Seidel, who works as a civil rights and constitutional attorney at the Freedom From Religion Foundation also spoke out on this issue following the Paris attacks.