TV Star Has Sick Response to Christians Killed in Sri Lanka Attacks - 'Don't Send Your Prayers'


British reality TV stars are somehow more vulgar and tactless than ours, which is surprising since I’ve seen a few episodes of “Jersey Shore” and I know how insipid ours can be.

However, Andy West may have set some sort of new low bar for this sort of thing, all thanks to a vile series of messages on Twitter in which he wrote that the Christian victims of Sunday’s Sri Lankan terror attacks oughtn’t be prayed for because he once saw missionaries try to convert people in the wake of another disaster, or something.

West, according to the New York Post, is a 34-year-old famous for being on the U.K.’s version of “Big Brother.” This is the TV show where you essentially live in a house, get recorded 24 hours a day, complete tasks and win by being the last person not voted out of the domicile by viewers. In other words, this guy is basically famous for, in some sense, being at least somewhat likable (he came in fourth in the competition, according to the Irish Examiner.)

Just keep that in mind for the remainder of this article, difficult though it may be.

So thus it began shortly after the attacks, which have claimed over 300 lives thus far:

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“There is no excuse for terror attacks against innocent people but as a journalist I saw Western Christian missionaries unscrupulpusly [sic] converting Buddhist orphans for food and shelter after the Asian tsunami,” he wrote. “Don’t send your prayers.”

This has to be one of the least self-aware tweets I’ve ever seen. Basically, West said, “Christians got killed. But I allegedly saw other Christians do something bad. So don’t pray for the Christians who got killed. They deserved it because of what the other Christians did.”

The rest of the thread devolved into what a monologue by a lead-poisoned Sam Harris must sound like:

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Zealotry? Perish the thought, especially when it’s being called out by someone trying to convince the Twitter ether that the Christians who were killed kind of had it coming.

Other Twitter users weren’t terribly impressed with this line of thinking.

“Good lord man have some decency,” one user wrote.

“I hate it when stupid people think they have interesting or informed opinions,” Quillette editor and journalist Andy Ngo wrote. “Over 200 people were killed & hundreds others injured in suicide bombings that ripped limb from limb and this is one of your first thoughts? What the hell is wrong with you?”

The criticism didn’t seem to faze him, however.

And, apparently, this was the message he went to bed on:

And what better place to learn the reason horrible things happen than a guy who thought of belittling Christian missionaries on a day over 300 Christians died.

Again, this guy is partially famous because he’s supposed to be likable. Just saying.

Do you think Andy West should apologize for these tweets?

I’m not sure what this man experienced during the Asian tsunami. I know enough from this odious thread that I would question the veracity of his observations, but whatever — let’s believe him, every word. Let’s assume that he witnessed Christians, in the aftermath of one of the worst tragedies of this century, doing something absolutely horrible.

How does this make it acceptable for him to apply this limited sample to all Christians and say the whole isn’t deserving of prayers (which don’t work anyway)?

How is this not hatred?

Pray not just for the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks, Christian and non-Christian.

Pray, too, for Andy West. From looking at his Twitter feed, God knows he needs it.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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