“Pulse became the place where my best friends learned to be themselves. . . . Pulse was where I learned to love my community.” Daniel Leon-Davis reflects on Pulse as a haven for LGBTQ individuals in Orlando, Florida.
I feel as though I need to address what happened Sunday morning.
This act of terror hit close to home. No, I’m not gay myself. But a close friend and family members are. In fact, one lives close to Orlando.
Let’s look at it this way.
We’re all supposed to be free to love whomever we wish to love in this country. We’re supposed to have that right. No one has to agree with who we love.
Here’s the problem:
A man saw something he didn’t like between two other men. If it upset him, well, in my opinion, it was none of his business what this couple was doing.
That was the solution.
Mind your business.
That’s also another problem in this country. People don’t know how to stay out of anyone’s business.
This terrorist took it upon himself to take the lives of 50 people and injure 53 more. All because he didn’t agree with their lifestyle? How did the FBI let him skim under the radar once he was red flagged?
The more the week progresses, the more we try to understand how this happened.
As a Catholic person, I try my best not to judge anyone. It’s not my place.
In America- we’re allowed to voice whatever opinion we have. Thing is: Someone’s opinion usually initiates more hate.
I hate to break it to you Christians who may be reading this: The Bible may state it’s a sin for a man to lay with another man. You do not know if Jesus/God said this. YOU DON’T. Just because a book tells you that it is the “word of God”, doesn’t mean it is. For all you know, a crackpot could’ve written the Bible and made his own beliefs regarded as God/Jesus’ beliefs.
Again. I’m not an atheist. I’m Catholic. And I have a hard time believing that “God’s word” judges other people. When… the Commandments speak of adultery, murder…yet people do this. Every damn day.
These victims in Orlando, God rest their souls, were out enjoying themselves with their friends, significant others, and families. Just because people don’t believe in gay marriage or gay rights; the people they were with, did.
This is a time we as a Nation should be looking at ways to prevent this behavior; not commend it. No one “deserved” what happened to them.
Hate is a major problem in this country.
Let’s stop the hate and come together.
At the end of the day…
Love wins over hate.