Muslim terrorist Omar Mir Seddique Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS in the hours before he assault a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, where he massacred 50 innocent people and wounded 53. According to his father, he had been disgusted at the sight of two men kissing and fondling each other and thus embarked on his murderous solo mission. Mateen had been watched with concern by the FBI but had fallen off the strapped agencies radar. The elder Mateen, who has sought to become president of Afghanistan and is a declared ally of the Afghan Taliban, is now in custody.
Despite the connections between the Mateen duo and political Islam, various LGBT advocates and gun control organizations have sought to blame gunowners and even Christians in general. Islamic sharia law specifically calls for the death of homosexuals; in eleven Muslim countries, death is meted out to those persons convicted of homosexuality.
In the hours after the rampage, President Barack Obama claimed that Mateen’s motives are “unclear,” even though he admitted that the carnage was and “act of terror.” He moved to blame the national debate on the Second Amendment and possession of firearms by citizens, however, saying “we have to decide if this [an American with guns] is the kind of country we want to be."
Attorneys for the American Civil Liberties Union have concluded that Christian conservatives "created this anti-queer climate," according to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys. Not long after the shooting, ACLU attorney Chase Strangio tweeted: "You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate." Moreover, Strangio wrote: "The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people are blaming Islam for this. No."
House Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted, "We pray for those brutally attacked in Orlando. While we must learn more about the attacker, the victims & families will not be forgotten." To this, Strangio responded, "But there will be no self-reflection and people like you will continue to fuel and embolden this type of hatred."
ACLU attorney Eunice Rho directed herself on Twitter to U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN): "Remember when you co-sponsored extreme, anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act?" the ACLU's Eunice Rho tweeted at Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and other Republicans,
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