Free Community Church joins many people in condemning the shooting in Pulse Club in Orlando. We grieve with those who have lost loved ones, and may the victims rest in peace.
We recognise that more hate will not solve the problem, but love. There will be those who would use this incident to fan Islamophobia. There will be those who make inappropriate remarks about LGBT people. Our response should not be even more hate that would divide us, but love. Fierce love that will not yield. Fierce love that will not give up hope. Fierce love that will strive harder to be peacemakers rather than hatemongers.
We urge other people, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or nationality to speak out against hate and violence and stand up and declare their support for finding a way to be together in spite of and despite our differences to build a world where we learn to respect differences and not just tolerate it, violence would be a thing of the past, and peace and love will be our common values.
Rev. Miak Siew