Sunday, June 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

There's such a cognitive dissonance for me when public officials ask us to pray [for the victims of anti-gay violence and yet] the majority of world religions promote anti-LGBT theology. This isn’t isolated to Muslim beliefs. It's seen in Christianity and it's just as deadly.

Eliel Cruz
Quoted in Yonat Shimron's article,
"Religious Roots of Hatred
Resurface in Orlando
Religion News Service
June 12, 2016

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Catholic Church Can Overcome Fear of LGBT People
The Blood-Soaked Thread
The Ashes of Our Martyrs
Something to Think About – December 8, 2011
A Prayer for International Day Against Homophobia
Catholic Theologian: "Heterosexism, Not Homosexuality, is the Problem"

Related Off-site Links:
What It Costs to Be Gay in Public – Dave Holmes (Esquire, June 9, 2016).
These Are the Victims of the Orlando Massacre – Jack Mirkinson and Casey Tolan (Fusion, June 12, 2016).
After Orlando Massacre, This LGBT Activist’s Message To Islamophobes Is Going Viral – Colin Taylor (, June 12, 2016).

UPDATES: In Orlando’s Wake, Catholic Ministry Calls on Church Leaders to Condemn Anti-LGBT Violence – New Ways Ministry (June 13, 2016).
Orlando Is an Extension of Right-wing Christianity's Marriage Battle and Bathroom Wars – Kristen Becker (The Advocate via Common Dreams, June 13, 2016).

Image: A man grieves in the wake of the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida in the early hours of Sunday, June 12. Forty-nine people were killed and over fifty injured. The gunman, who was killed by police, has been identified as 29-year-old Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an American citizen of Afghan descent. The massacre is the deadliest by a single shooter in U.S. history, and the second deadliest in world history, after the 2011 Norway attacks. The incident is also being described as the deadliest attack on LGBT people in United States history and the worst mass killing of LGBT people in the west since the Holocaust. (Photo: Steve Nesius/Reuters)

1 comment:

Michael J. Bayly said...

Michael Bernard Kelly recently posted the following on his Facebookpage:

"To every politician, and every civic or religious or leader, including the Pope, who expressed sorrow and outrage at the Orlando shootings, but so very carefully avoided mentioning Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,Transgender, Intersex and Queer people - YOU are part of the problem. Your words are empty and your hearts are hollow. Get back to us when you are ready to put yourself on the line to support and affirm US in the face of hatred and violence. Till then, hang your head in shame and repent of all that your past bigotry and current silence has spawned."