Monday, June 13, 2016

My Thoughts on the Shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando

content/trigger warning: gun violence, anti-LGBTQ bigotry, Islamophobia

Early this morning, a shooting took place at Pulse nightclub, a gay club in Orlando, Florida.  fifty people were killed and fifty-three others were wounded in the shooting.  The shooter pledged to ISIS before the shooting.  Apparently, he had something against LGBTQ people - he was disgusted after seeing a same-sex couple kissing.

My heart aches right now.  It seems as if the anti-LGBTQ sentiment is only growing stronger - numerous anti-LGBTQ bills have been introduced into legislation - many have already passed.  Violence against LGBTQ people - especially transgender women of color - is on the rise.  and many faiths are speaking out against the queer community.  We need to stand strong and let them know that we're not going to tolerate this.

The Bible says, "Love your neighbor as yourself."  But that's not what we're doing.  There's too much hate in the world.  We need more love.

Love.  That's the whole story.

If only Jesus came back to comfort us.  Then everything would be all better.

Keep in mind that the religion of Islam is not to blame for this horrendous act of violence.  There are good and bad people of all kinds of faiths.  So it's unfair to single out just one religion for their actions.

That's all I have to say for now.  Stay strong, stay in prayer and keep your head up.


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