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I have taken down today's post. It was written before news reached me of what happened in Orlando early this morning. What we know so far—

 

  • At around 2:00 a.m., a shooter attacked a gay club in Orlando.
  • 50 people are dead as of this writing, and 53 are wounded, many critically.
  • One out of every six people in the club was killed. 
  • It is the worst mass shooting in American history.
  • It is also an act of terror. The shooter called 911 while he was killing people to pledge allegiance to Isis, the Middle-Eastern terror group.
  • Isis has claimed responsibility for the shooting.
  • Isis has directed its soldiers to target gay people.
  • The attack comes during Gay Pride Month in America, which typically features large gatherings and parades around the country throughout June. 
  • A man was arrested this morning in Los Angeles at a Gay Pride parade in West Hollywood. He was carrying an assault rifle, many rounds of ammunition, and explosives. Officials believe that by arresting the suspect, they stopped a massacre.




Earlier this evening, the entire state of Florida held a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Orlando shooting. With that in mind, I will not post a piece of music today on this site, but will keep silence to honor the dead; the wounded; and those who lost people they loved.

 

 

 

 

I photographed "Against the Wall," the image above, at Brigham's Wall, west of the Beehive House in Salt Lake City (2006). The title is from Isaiah 25:4 (KJV): "the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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