Foundry UMC prays for nation in wake of Orlando's terror attack
Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims of another senseless shooting. This one at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. The victims, children of God, were gunned down just before closing time at the popular gay nightclub. It was Latino night and over 300 people were in the club when the assailant entered. Sadly, more than 100 of them were killed or injured. As a people of faith it is our responsibility to respond to such tragedies with love and support to those impacted.
It is also our responsibility as a people of God to call this act of senseless violence what it was in our pulpits and in our witness:
- This was an act of terror targeting the LGBTQ community in Orlando. Hate invaded their safe space. It was not invited. LGBTQ people all over the country will look over their shoulders a second time for a while.
- This was an act of terror targeting the Latino community in Orlando. Hate cast a shadow on their celebration. It was not welcome. Latino community members across our nation will look over their shoulders a second time for a while.
- This was an act of terror targeting the people of Orlando. Hate visited their city. Visitors to one of America’s favorite vacation spots will look over their shoulders a second time for a while.
- And the hate does not end there. That hate has turned against the Islamic community as they are blamed once again by many for the crime because the young man was Muslim. An entire faith community will now look over its shoulder fearing retaliation for something they believe to be as horrifying as the rest of us.
- This violence is the latest in a growing list of examples of why we need stricter gun control.
Foundry UMC joins with our brothers and sisters of faith across the country in prayers for the victims, for the LGBTQ community, for the Latino community, for Orlando, and our nation. And, we join together in calling this a deplorable act and strengthening our resolve to advocate for justice for all of God’s beloved people.