with 2 of his children.
Many of the 49 victims of the United States’s
worst mass shooting share much in common:
Young Latino men in their 20s and 30s,
most of them gay, who gathered at an Orlando club to dance.
But the victims’ stories — promising artists, a young couple in love,
a devoted father of three among them
— are richly varied. - Washington Post
It's deeply moving and very sad. As 'E' mentioned, the youngest victim was 18 years old. Among the victims was a husband and a father of three who was there with a group of friends who came to enjoy Latin night.
Sometimes a bar is a bar is a bar - is just a bar.
I just want to say that a gay bar or nightclub like this is not a sex club or bath house, it is a nightclub, a safe haven for gay people to go and dance and socialize without being afraid some gay-basher is going to beat them up because they dance with each other or wear make-up. Not everyone who goes to clubs like this are gay or looking for sex, any more than an alcoholic is looking for cheap-over-poured alcoholic cocktails. Not every one goes out on Saturday night to drink and get drunk and pick up someone for sex, or heads to the bathroom looking for a quick bj. A 'mega' club like this attracts all sorts of men and women who are simply out to have fun and enjoy themselves.
Yet religious people online - especially Catholics - have condemned these people, one referring to the victims as 'musloids, faggots, dykes and fag hags in that gay disco, and denizens of hell on earth'. Claiming their mere presence in the club was at the very least a 'proximate occasion of mortal sin' - that might be true for some - but I don't see how it applies to everyone there. I may be wrong. Walking down the street can be a proximate occasion of sin for some people, just like going to the gym or the beach - or watching television.
That said, the more fanatical of the bunch went so far as to judge that the '50 killed in that SODOMITE NIGHT CLUB, unless they fully repented of ALL of their sins and died contrite for for what they were ENTHUSIASTICALLY EMBRACING AND PRACTICING just seconds before, died in unrepentant mortal sin.' That's a pretty heavy condemnation, certainly presumptuous, as well as an example of rash judgement. The author speaks as if the club had been hosting an orgy.
She was with her friend
Mercedez Marisol Flores
when they were killed.
Most gay bars do not have sex rooms, much less allow sexual contact on the premises - except maybe in San Francisco and a few other dives in bigger cities. If a person wants that - they maybe can find a bear bar for it. Bars and nightclubs like Pulse attract a more diverse clientele. Straight people attend for the music, dance, and entertainment. I'm thinking Latin Night is a bit like Carnival. Many young people go for the dance music and drinks, not unlike Amanda Alvear and her friends. Amanda's cousin said she recently lost a great deal of weight and she was out celebrating. She is among the dead.
Take into consideration that one could easily claim the attack was anti-Latino bigotry - which is just as ludicrous as the claim it was a homophobic hate crime. The nightclub was a soft target for ISIS terror. The attack is being used by all sorts of people now to further their agenda with hate-filled rhetoric. These people should be ashamed.
Please read the victims obituaries, the story of their life condensed into a paragraph or two. Please recognize their humanity, their dignity as human beings created in the image and likeness of God.
And repent and pray.