By Craig Hardegree | 

This blood is all over the hands of evangelical Christians. Just as the blood of those nine precious souls of color almost exactly a year ago.

You can’t preach hate against other people and then wash your hands of the natural consequences of your sermons.

You can’t draw a target on the backs of people who are different and then retreat to the safety of blending-in with the normal masses, while pretending you had nothing to do with it.

You can’t engage in inaccurate hyperbole about President Obama and “the blacks” “taking your country away” and then whistle Dixie when a hate-filled domestic terrorist interprets that in a literal way.

You can’t falsely preach that born-male-identifying-female people are a threat to women and children and openly call for them to be murdered at the door of the ladies’ room and then go about your business, oblivious to the consequences of your hate-filled incitement.

You can’t call gay people moral degenerates and say their lifestyles are against the laws of nature and then absolve yourself of responsibility when all-American Christian terrorist Eric Rudolph bombs a gay nightclub in Atlanta or Afghan-American Muslim terrorist Omar Mateen guns down forty-nine precious souls in a gay nightclub in Orlando.

There’s no difference between the two.

It matters not whether Mateen was motivated by obscure not-followed-by-most-Muslims words in the Quran or obscure not-followed-by-most-Christians words in the Old Testament.

Or whether he was motivated by a devotion to Islam or a devotion to Christianity.

Or whether he swore allegiance to ISIS or KKK.

It’s ALL hate.

It ALL results in the spilled blood of innocent souls precious in the sight of God.

It’s ALL on you.

My President:

“This was an act of terror and an act of hate.

The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terror and we must spare no effort to determine what inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups. What is clear, is that he was a person filled with hatred.

This is especially a heartbreaking day for our fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The shooter targeted a nightclub where people came together to be with friends to dance, to sing, to live. The place they were attacked is more than a nightclub. It was a place of solidarity and empowerment where people come together to raise awareness, speak their mind and advocate for their civil rights. This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and the dignity that define us as a country. No act of hate or terror will ever change who we are or the values that make us Americans.”  ~ My President. June 12, 2016.

Dear God. How I love My President.

This is not on him.

This blood is not on his hands.

It’s all over yours.

End-Post-Craig-Hardegree

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