Reform Judaism is appalled by the loss of innocent lives in Orlando and we condemn this act of homophobic terror.
The worst mass shooting in US history is horrific in itself. But we must acknowledge the apparent deliberate targeting of the LGBT community. Equality is a core value of Reform Judaism and we stand in solidarity with LGBT people in Orlando and around the world.
The victims and their families are in our prayers. But prayer must lead to action. We must challenge homophobia and transphobia wherever it manifests itself, not only in extremist acts and statements of hatred but in institutional prejudices and casual acts of disdain.