Today is the third anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, in which 49 LGBT+ people were slaughtered. It was the single deadliest lone gunman mass shooting in US history, the worst terrorist atrocity since 9/11.
To commemorate it, a number of US Christian fundamentalists will hold a rally in Orlando.
The rally is called Make America Straight Again.
The speakers include Pastor Steven Anderson, who hailed the shooting and has publicly declared his wish to kill gay people; Pastor Roger Jimenez, who wants the US government to execute LGBT+ people by firing squad; Pastor Tommy McMurtry, who believes gay people should be put “six feet under” and advocates violence against them; and Pastor Bruce Mejia, who says LGBTQ stands for “let them burn quickly”.
It’s easy to dismiss these barely evolved Bible-thumping, terrorist-embracing fucknuggets as Christian Taliban, a bunch of mouth-breathing throwbacks who are in for a big surprise when they end up in Hell. But thanks to social media, their hate echoes around the world.