Multiple reports are surfacing that Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen’s profile was found on gay dating apps, that he had tried to pick up men and that on prior occasions he had patronized the Orlando club in which he massacred so many on Sunday (June 12).
If this is true, it matters a very great deal.
It might move the motivation for Mateen’s horrific act to a very different and psychologically more complex place in which one man’s inability to reconcile himself with his sexuality cost 49 other people their lives — and then cost him his own life.
It might end up making the motivation of the horrifying Orlando massacre look more like: I want you. God says I can’t want you. So I must kill you.
Source: Religion News Service
There is a rainbow flag flying at Portsmouth Cathedral
There is a rainbow flag flying at Portsmouth Cathedral. On Friday, this will be replaced by an even bigger rainbow flag. We had planned to fly one over the weekend in support of Portsmouth Pride happening on Saturday, but, along with many other churches and buildings around the country, we decided to fly one this week to remember those killed, injured or effected by the horrendous attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando this week. We are praying for those who have been killed or injured and for all those who love them. We are praying for those around the world who have been effected by this extreme act. We are praying for those LGBT+ people around the world who are subjected to abuse, discrimination and persecution because of their sexuality.
Portsmouth Cathedral will continue to mourn with, stand alongside, support and welcome the LGBT+ community. We rejoice that God has made us who we are and that includes our sexuality, whether gay or straight and when you come here you do not need to pretend to be someone else. You and your partner / boyfriend / girlfriend / husband / wife are welcome here – you do not have to hide who you are. Come and be yourself with us as we seek to love God, find out more about God and serve the world God created. Come and offer your gifts and skills and wisdom to us.
Source: Portsmouth Cathedral
“We pray for the many victims in Orlando who were targeted for death simply because of their sexual orientation, and we grieve with their loving families and friends. This tragedy is a call for us as Catholics to combat ever more vigorously the anti-gay prejudice which exists in our Catholic community and in our country. We pray for the Muslim community in our nation, who have acted in unanimity to deplore this act of violence and to reject hatred rooted in a distortion of Muslim faith. We pray for the first responders whose courage and suffering are a witness to the spirit of sacrifice that ennobles American society. And we commit ourselves to a pathway which seeks true security for our nation not only in efforts to identify those who would do us harm, but far more importantly in building a culture which truly embodies and fortifies the equal dignity of every woman and man.”
Full report : National Catholic Reporter