We Stand With Our LGBTI Sisters & Brothers

Another massacre.  Another man enters a Pub and, taking aim, unleashes a fusillade of hatred, each bullet at time.  Fifty dead; fifty-three wounded.

The hatred espoused by right wing fundamentalist Christians, incubated and nurtured this violence.  It is not about Islam; rather it is part and parcel of all Abrahamic religious traditions.  The moral paucity of the teachings extolled  by fundamentalist  Christians, Jews and Islamists, is the cannon fodder that contributes to explosions of this kind.

My fear is that the rhetoric of hate will escalate.  Indeed Trump has already begun social media tweets with a rather Byzantine message. It won’t be long before the anti-Muslim sentiment will crescendo into a fever pitch.  With Trump leading the troops.

This was however the type of hatred marked by the lexicon of the right-here in the States.  And this hatred is disguised as an expression of conscience or religious liberty.  Nothing can be further from the truth.  Queer bashing, murder, beatings are overt symbols of violence v the LGBTI community.  Yet, refusal of service, denial of public accommodation and the most recent anti-trans laws are a subtle form of violence which denies gay men, lesbians and transgender people human dignity and respect.  And this contempt is fertile ground where such hatred grows.   

It is time to reject and confront ALL those who hold contempt against our community.  It is time to call out the Mateens as well as the Trumps, McConnells, Cruzs, and the sponsors of hate legislation in Texas and North Carolina.   As Hillel said, “…if not now ? When?”  Let never again mean-never again!

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