Isaac Archuleta, at the Huffington Post, has a powerful answer to that question that keeps popping up online: “Why are conservative Christians being blamed for what happened in Orlando?”
Read his entire letter, “To My Conservative Christian Family: A Response to the Orlando Shooting.”
Here’s a small bit, to give you an idea:
Conservative Christians are being lumped in with the homophobic shooter, ISIS, and religious radicals because, to the LGBT+ community, these are the groups who maintain the system that produces homophobia.
I’d like you to understand that homophobia is not only demonstrated by the shooters, the rapists, the boys who punched me in the park, or the uncle who called me a ‘fucking faggot.’ Homophobia, at its core, is hatred that changes the way LGBT+ people value themselves.
All of us, no matter our religious tradition and our level of influence, need to take ownership here and do what we can to disrupt the system of homophobia that creates fertile soil for violence against our fellow human beings.