We Stand with Orlando – The Philly Pride Parade 2016

I can’t begin to tell you the depth of my sadness for the lives that were destroyed in the name of someone’s god in Orlando on Sunday. The terrorists almost won my day as I just couldn’t bring myself to go to the annual Philly Pride Parade, an event I’ve been going to for decades, and I’m proud to bring to you each June. I finally arrived at 1:30PM, caught the end of the prideful bunch to pass Independence Hall, my favorite spot to watch, an iconic image that speaks to the founding of our country free from religious or no religious persecution.

Thomas Jefferson explained his support for religious freedom in practical terms: “(I)t does me no injury for my neighbor to believe in twenty gods or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.”

Tonight at 6:30PM on the north side of Philadelphia City Hall there will be a vigil for those who were killed and injured in Orlando. I’m sorry I can’t be there as I am going to a family reunion, but I do hope there’s an enormous turnout so that we can show the world we will not let the terrorist put fear in our lives. I hope you will join me in New York City for the Pride Parade on June 26, to send a message to the terrorist that the United States will not cower in fear from hate, but send a message of love and light to all.

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