Knotted Gun by Carl Fredrik Reutersward
"Should I look for spiritual love, or material, or physical?
Don’t ask yourself this question.
Discrimination leads to discrimination.
Love doesn’t need any name, category or definition.
Love is a world itself.
Either you are in, at the center.
Either you are out, yearning"
- Shams-i Tabrizi
It was a sobering weekend for us here at CMPLT UNKNWN, as we woke to the news of the worst mass shooting in the history of our country. Once again innocent people were the target of an inexplicable act of violence, and our hearts go out to them and their families. There are people who will exploit this tragedy to their political ends and there are those who will revile and blame others on the basis of their religion, faith, or sexual orientation.
Our country is in the midst of a chaotic and volatile time - like an adolescent caught in a nebulous haze- but we believe we can come through on the other side, stronger and triumphant than ever before. We, as citizens have to wake up to the facts and stop playing the blame game. Some are blaming Islam and its aversion to homosexuality and propensity to violence.
“But Muslims did not invent domestic violence or homophobia. And the determination with which some on the right have fought same-sex marriage indicates tolerance and acceptance have struggled to find a home in significant sections of Christian America.” - The Guardian
“Just 48 hours after America laid its most famous Muslim, Muhammad Ali, to rest in a spirit of celebration and pride, the entire Muslim community faced finding itself under collective suspicion, not only of terrorism but of homophobia.” - The Guardian
There are others saying it is about guns. Yes, it is abundantly clear that our laws about gun control are archaic and in need of immediate reform. But, what happened in Orlando is not about one or two issues. It is much more complex - a quagmire of political agendas of demagogues, racists, homophobes, and fear mongering bigots.
At CMPLT UNKNWN we embrace diversity in all its shapes and manifestations. We are advocates of love, peace and tolerance. In this tragic hour, we stand by the LGBT community and hope that this heinous act will not propel hysteria or fear but push forward an amendment to our existing gun laws.