Orlando – Call it what it is

My sincerest apologies for not addressing what happened at Pulse in Orlando, Florida on the night of June 11/12 before now. I had a very busy weekend and didn’t have much computer time. If I had more patience typing out posts on my phone, I would’ve done it sooner.

I admit that I haven’t read much about the event, other than to know it’s been called the worst mass murder of innocent individuals in US history. 50 souls horrifically torn from this world – from their lovers and friend and family – by one individual so full of hate that he felt some need to do this. I admit whole-heartedly that I am glad beyond words that the S.W.A.T. team was able to end his life as well, because scum like that doesn’t deserve a “fair trial.” You take lives, you give up your own. Period.

My heart goes out to the lovers, friends and families of the victims who have to try picking up the pieces after this kind of devastation and attempt to move on with their lives. I don’t envy the tasks of the officers who must sort through the aftermath and then share with those left behind what little news they may have.

Everyone is so gung-ho to scream about him being a radical. Reports are now that he may have been a sympathizer, if not outright radical. That’s fine, whatever. But the fact remains that no one is calling this exactly what it is: the biggest HATE crime in US history. Whether he was radical or not, his religion taught him to hate. And it’s not just Muslims who teach their followers to hate LGBT people; Christians are just as guilty of spreading that hate. But it’s easier for Christians to just point the finger at the Muslim and say, “But it wasn’t us.” It wasn’t them this time, though I’m sure plenty of them are thrilled to bits that the shooting happened at a gay nightclub. We like to think that terrorists are only born and created in the Middle East, but they are born and live here too. And I don’t mean just the Muslims in the US who are feeling sympathetic toward what ISIS is doing. Look at what happened in Oregon earlier this year with the “well armed militia”. That was terrorism, too, whether you want to admit it or not.

This epidemic has to stop, but I doubt it will.