Orlando

Jun. 12th, 2016 07:45 pm
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Language warning and possibly polarizing topic under the cut. Click at your own discretion, but don't try and start things with me for my opinion if you choose to not heed this warning.



Early this morning, a gunman entered an Orlando nightclub that catered to the LGBTQ+ community as a safe place for them to gather to have a good time. He proceeded to open fire with a semi-automatic gun, killing 50 people and injuring at least 50 more. He unleashed hell on people who were gay, lesbian, bi, trans... Because of who they were. And because they were choosing to be true to themselves.

The media is focusing on his ties to the Islamic State. They're ignoring the fact that this is not just an act of terrorism on American soil perpetrated by an American Citizen, this is also a hate crime against an already marginalized group of people. It was a hate crime against the LGBTQ+ community. Innocent people, who had done nothing wrong, were killed and/or injured.

I really don't give a fuck what your view on LGBTQ+ rights are, or how you feel about the LGBTQ+ community. What matters ins that at least 100 people were attacked for being true to themselves, because some asshole with access to weapons who really shouldn't have been able to get access to weapons decided that they needed to die. Because of a rhetoric of hatred perpetuated for decades by people who claim to know God and God's will.

Christians in the United States are NOT being persecuted for their beliefs. They have enjoyed decades upon decades of privilege and have abused that privilege to the point of encouraging hatred and violence against non-Christians. They are not the victims here. In fact, for at least the past 50 years, they've been anything but victims. They've been instigators of violence, spreading the rhetoric of hatred,non-tolerance, and violence against women, people of color, the native population, and the LGBTQ+ community.

If you (generalized, not aimed at a specific person, so don't you {specific: the reader} fucking dare try and claim I'm targeting you or bullying you) feel that LGBTQ+ people, or anybody different from you deserve to be treated as less than human, or worse, killed, and that your beliefs are what God wants, you're not Christian. You're the goddamned problem. You're what's wrong with the US and will be what brings the country to ruin.

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