I stand in solidarity with the people who lost their lives in Orlando, Florida, this past weekend. For them, and for the family and friends they leave behind, I offer my sympathy and my hope that this tragedy might lead to some sort of positive change.
(Seriously, Americans—bless their hearts—and other civilians of the world do not need unfettered access to automatic and semi-automatic weapons! And damn the NRA for turning gun control into a bogus debate about personal rights, instead of saving lives. I’m liberal and proud of it.)
For the murderous fool, who shall remain nameless here (and should everywhere else as well), I have only condemnation. His self-righteous bigotry has no place in the modern world. Religion has nothing to do with this crime; it only comes into play as an after-the-fact justification of the intolerance and hatred that grew in his own heart. He and he alone is responsible for his actions. Let his name be quickly and quietly forgotten.
Let us instead remember the people whose lives came to such a tragic end, and in their names let us build a better tomorrow.