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The Tragedy in Orlando: A Time to Mourn... A Time to Stand with Our Neighbors

President & CEO Steve Spreitzer

June 14, 2016

Throughout our 75 year history, the Roundtable has stood with those being mistreated because of race, religion, gender, diverse ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or ethnicity.  Today we weep with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors, their families and all allied with them.   Unlike many of us, members of the LGBT community have known a life of prejudice and discrimination, occasionally inspired with hope but far too often interrupted by hate, as was the case with yesterday’s horrific killings.   In the midst of such tremendous grief it is hard to imagine moving forward.  Now is the time for grieving, attending memorials and reaching out to those you know who are gay or family.  Tomorrow will come and, unfortunately the mistreatment and hatred will return.  But each individual has the power to stop it.  Speak out against hate, be it in the workplace or at a 4th of July picnic.  We know from research that bullies engage when there are enough bystanders who will allow them to act out their hate. For more information on how to become an ally, contact Terry Dinsmore at the Michigan Chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays at mipflagstatecoord@yahoo.comTo learn of support needed by the LGBTQ community, contact Equality Michigan at (313) 537-7000.

 

We also are deeply troubled by the continued hijacking of a great world religion by those who use Islam for political and economic gain.  We know the same has happened to other religions throughout history but in this age of instant, global communications, it seems to have become more disquieting.  It is important to know that holy Qur'an teaches that to harm one person is to harm all of humanity. Those of us who know observant Muslims, know Islam is a religion of peace.  For those who don’t know a Muslim, we encourage you to reach out to the Michigan Muslim Community Council at http://www.mimuslimcouncil.com/ or visit your neighborhood mosque.  We at the Roundtable are happy to help you on this journey and can be reached at (313) 870-1500.  The following are but a few of the memorial services being planned in the days ahead:

 

Tuesday, June 14th, 6:30 p.m.

Tragedy in Orlando Vigil, Affirmations, 290 W. Nine Mile, Ferndale 48220

 

Wednesday, June 15th

A Community Response to the Tragedy in Orlando, Geneva Presbyterian Church, 5835 N. Sheldon Rd., Canton 48187

 

For more information contact: Steve Spreitzer, President and CEO

sspreitzer@miroundtable.org (313) 870-1500, ext. 102 or (313) 300-8834/mobile

 

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