Orlando’s Lesson re homophobia

Ronnie,

The last 36 hours have been tough. 49 of our brothers and sisters were executed in cold blood at a gay club in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of Sunday morning. Many more have been horribly injured, some fighting for their lives.

So many beautiful lives destroyed. So many hopes and dreams that will never be realised. So much unbearable pain for those left behind. So many hearts broken.

I’m struggling to come to terms with what happened. My deep sadness is mixed with anger. Anger at the lawmakers who continue to make LGBT Americans second-class citizens. Anger at the hypocrisy of those same lawmakers as they fill Twitter with promises to “pray” for us. And anger at the National Rifle Association of America whose lobby work means that assault rifles like the one used by the attacker are so easily obtained.

In vigils across the world today, our wonderful, resilient, defiant community will come together in solidarity and love. We will cry. We will sing. We will stand with pride and dignity. Weareorlando.org has been set up as a central place to find out about vigils, organise your own event, or make a donation. Please go there and do what you can.

Here at All Out, we will continue to defy the haters with love, community, and acceptance of all. We will stand against demonizing an entire religion. We will investigate new campaigns in the USA to finally pass commonsense gun laws.

And – with you – we will work even harder to fight back against bigotry and violence. By doing so we will honor the memory of those we have lost. May they rest in peace.

With love and solidarity,
Matt Beard
Executive Director, All Out

This message from the organisation ‘All Out’ tells a very chilling story. This is not only about the ISIS connection of the perpetrator, but also about the level of homophobia that still exists in our modern world. We must do what WE can to erase this level of hatred in our communities.

What has struck me, in the aftermath of this tragedy is the offering of a different kind of tool from endemic hatred: the plea on the part of the suffering relatives and friends, who urge that hatred be met with love. They have urged that no reprisals be made against those of the Muslim Faith in their communities, believing that love is stronger than hatred. May we in the Church back them up in this claim – that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is bigger and more loving than other gods.

Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand

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About kiwianglo

Retired Anglican priest, living in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardent supporter of LGBT Community, and blogger on 'Thinking Anglicans UK' site. Theology: liberal, Anglo-Catholic & traditional. regarding each person as a unique expression of Christ, and therefore lovable.
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2 Responses to Orlando’s Lesson re homophobia

  1. murraysmallbone says:

    A timely reminder for Christians who still remain homophobic, is that the Church for the first three centuries also lived on the margins of Society.
    It is very simple God asks us to love him, and in that process; we love others.

    Jesu mercy! Mary pray!

  2. kiwianglo says:

    “By this shall all wo/men know you are my disciples – that you LOVE one another” – Jesus.
    Thanks, Murray

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