#PrayForOrlando: Why We Must Stand Together Now More Than Ever

     

    Tragedy has fallen upon our country and the world once again – worse than ever  before.

    This past weekend, ISIS claimed forty-nine more lives and injured 53 others in a desperate attempt to rid the world of those they believe are impure and evil. Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, an American-born man, pledged his life’s purpose to ISIS, which led to the events that happened this past weekend.

    It is believed that Mateen purposely targeted the Pulse Night Club because of his views and disgust for the LGBT Community. This along with many other commonly shared views of ISIS made Mateen take matters into his own hands and destroy the lives of over 100 people Saturday night.

    The LGBT Community has been shattered. After years of fighting for their human right to exist freely in the world, they are now paying the ultimate sacrifice because of those who have skewed views and foul theories of life. Those who are straight, Muslim and even those who are not in favor of the LGBT Community’s lifestyle have all expressed their sincere condolences and understand that this is not only a loss for one community of people but a loss for the United States and the World.

    Unfortunately, it seems as if we have come to a point in time where it takes a massacre of great capacity to realize that as a society that we must open our eyes, and understand where the real problems lie. We cannot be so quick to point the finger at a certain demographic to cope with the happenings of this past weekend.

    It is imperative that we understand when speaking of Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, there is only one way we should refer to him; it is not as a refugee, for he was born on American soil. It is not as a Muslim because he was not practicing the ways of Islam, but the way of a radical, extreme distorted view of the religion that the majority of Muslims are disgusted with themselves. Muslims in the United States and all over the world are mourning the loss of life we have suffered.

    We should not refer to him as anti-gay. There are many people in this world who do not agree with certain ways of life, but they do not commit cold-blooded murder in order to purge the planet of those they do not see eye to eye with.

    There is only one way to refer to Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, and this is as evil. He is a terrorist, one of the most iniquitous villains this world has ever seen.

    Our only sense of peace may be that this nefarious being no longer walks the earth and will only be welcomed by the gate of hell in his afterlife; not some delusional fantasy that members of ISIS believe in.

    In this time of pain and loss, we must hold the hands of our brothers and sisters. We must wipe their tears and be their strength during this calamitous time in our nation’s history. We must remain as one, proving that the acts of those vile enough to commit them will not break us down.

    This event took the wretched title of, ‘the worst shooting in the history of the United States.’ Many of us can not fight back with guns or in war, but we can fight back with unity.

    If we let views divide us or begin pointing fingers now, ISIS will continue to win the great war this world is facing. It is crucial, now more than ever before, for the United States and the world to stand strong together and fight back the evil that is trying to overpower free will and safety.

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