“Sadly it is religion, including our own, which targets, mostly verbally, and also often breeds contempt for gays, lesbians and transgender people,” Bishop Robert Lynch of St Petersburg, Florida, said on his blog after the mass shooting of 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando.
We have to face the fact that gay-bashing is often encouraged, perpetrated and justified by believers. In the aftermath of the heinous crime committed at Pulse nightclub, many so-called religious people took to social media suggesting that this was a punishment from God. I was shocked to read these reactions from “Christians”. Sadly, most of the US bishops who issued statements about the killing could not even bring themselves to mention the word “gay” in their statements when, quite clearly, this was more than just terrorism. It was also an abominable homophobic attack.
Read full reflection by Russell Pollitt S.J. at The Jesuit Institute South Africa