MOURNING THE DEAD IN ORLANDO FLORIDA.
AND OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH THE WOUNDED.
OUR HEARTS ACHE FOR LOVED ONES AND THE FAMILIES OF THE DEAD AND WOUNDED.
And I would add so much gratitude for the brave men and women, both civilians and professionals who assisted the wounded without regard for their own lives and safety.
ENOUGH VIOLENCE, ENOUGH HATRED, ENOUGH INTOLERANCE. ENOUGH!
It is time for ALL religious leaders to condemn hatred and violence toward Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Persons WITHOUT RESERVATION
AND WITH CREDIBLE ACTION.
IT IS TIME TO LEAVE BEHIND LEVITICUS AND and CORINTHIANS and HEBREWS, and the rest of the biblical poetry,
AND STOP PERSECUTING US.
This heinous act may have been inspired by a distorted version of Muslim teaching, but there are distorted versions of Christianity and other religions that inspire hate and violence toward us as well.
Religions MUST figure out theologies or philosophies that are compatible
with our inherent dignity as human beings, with our civil rights and with civil respect or
THEY SHOULD HOLD THEIR PEACE (i.e. shut up).
We cannot allow religious extremists or even religious conservaives to define the dialogue or the laws or the culture of this diverse nation.
It is not ENOUGH to PREACH "LOVE"
If religious leaders and other people of faith who have not yet realized that their teachings are dangerous and hurtful, then
THEY ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE TRAGIC DEATHS as the gunman.
AND THE NRA and all the Republican legislators who they've bought.
BLOOD IS ON THEIR HANDS AS WELL.