Open letter concerning the atrocious acts in Orlando, Florida:
Some of you—who follow the writings in this blog—know that it, predominantly, focuses on the difference between men and women. It, furthermore, focuses on how we’ve reduced the science of gender to a pure intellectual construct. The writings have led some to criticize the blog for either being homophobic, chauvinist and only dealing with heterosexual issues. Such criticism is unfounded, of course.
The heart of this blog is to celebrate all things that are born out of the spirit of fornication and love
The writings herein may focus on the love between a man and a woman but that’s an issue of setting. The heart of this blog is not a heterosexual theme or a chauvinist one. The heart of this blog is to celebrate all things that are born out of the spirit of fornication and love: screwing, smoking, drinking and, most importantly, living by your own terms and not by a rigid bar set by puritanical values. On the discipline of living by own terms the gay community have excelled, set a wonderful example and, furthermore, enriched our culture by not only breaking our aged conventions but boosting the quality of literature, arts and the world of academia. It seems that if your prophecy is to claim, and protect, your civil rights and also face condemnation for your choice in love there will be an air of rebellion in the air you breathe. The premise of your existence will be, then, to challenge the status quo. What’s fortunate for us is that it will move us forward as a society.
Religion have been the key element to dictate who and how people people should fuck, love and kill.
Herein lies also the religious issue: Religion have been the key element to dictate who and how people should fuck, love and kill. It’s a key issue of organized religion to dictate a moral that will always stand in stark opposition to free will. It takes a wicked man to kill for his own good but it takes a weak mind to kill in the name of religion. The brave will live on in the ever-expanding pantheon of hate-crime victims because those very people were brave enough to embrace, and stand by, their true nature.
The attack in Orlando is an attack on all of us. It’s an attack on the core of the human need: to love and be loved. There are pockets in our Western society that romanticize terror and violent extremism. They must be fought. Not by violence but by inclusion, and by the uncompromising principle that civil freedom is just and oppression is unjust; that freedom of – and from – religion is just and the idea of a true religion is unjust. It’s a difficult road. But when Muslim and other religious communities begin to embrace their gay neighbors we’re one step closer. When we’ve reached the point in our civil society when there’s not a right way to live but a dignified way to treat each other we’ve finally reached what the ancient Greeks refer to as “Utopia”. Also translated to: The land which doesn’t exist.
—Sam Mansoor, June 2016