As we were discussing in “I Was Wrong” (MusingsofanOldFart, June 8), “…he patted himself on the back in the same tweet he sent condolences, which reveals the lack of sincerity. Yet, he fails to realize his role in inflaming folks and his role in supporting easy access to guns,he patted himself on the back in the same tweet he sent condolences, which reveals the lack of sincerity. Yet, he fails to realize his role in inflaming folks and his role in supporting easy access to guns…”

Yes, many wonderful religious leaders have be absolutely wonderful, opening their doors to friends and family of the victims. But people such as The Hairball and others are doing the exact opposite. And what frightens me beyond measure is that people are simply ignoring his hatred and viciousness.

My heart goes out to all those, no matter where they are in the world, who suffer from hatred – from women tortured in Afghanistan, Africa, and even in this and other “first world” countries, to those who suffer from poverty, racism, and xenophobia all over the world. Ignorance is the number one problem across the globe, for ignorance breeds hatred and contempt. But what is even worse are the people, like the Hairball and extremists everywhere, who utilize the ignorance of others to forward their agendas of hatred, isolationism, and power brokering of all kinds.

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My heart goes out to the victims and their families in Orlando. Let’s keep them in our thoughts and prayers. And, as Frank Langella said at The Tony Awards last night, let us not let this tragedy define or diminish us. Let it strengthen us, as the reaction to Charleston’s terrible church shooting did last year.

Even before the horrific tragedy which claimed the lives of at least 50 Americans, we have allowed bigotry, racism and xenophobia to have too pervasive a place in our dialogue from so-called leaders. Whether they are political, business, governmental or religious so-called leaders or wanna-be leaders, we cannot allow bigotry to go without shining a spotlight on it. Political incorrectness does not mean we can be bigoted.

Conservative columnist Michael Gerson wrote last week about the toxic racism of one of our presidential candidates, saying loudly we cannot have our leaders being and saying racist things. Gerson…

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