I’ve been trying to keep a low profile on this political front bc it evokes an entitled sense of folks to come on someone else’s page and tell them why their opinion is wrong and while I may post what I want, you are free to do the same and I’m not going to come for you, but I digress.
The reaction to this horrific situation in Orlando has been very upsetting to me. Everyone is quick to claim terrorism. Quick to blame an outside threat. I’m having a difficult time grappling with the idea that if ISIS is planning an attack, they’re selecting a gay club. Yes I understand that under Sharia law homosexuality is punishable by death, but ISIS means to target us as a country. I see them picking a court house full of people, Disney World, a mall before a gay club in Orlando. ISIS also has a history of claiming responsibility for things that they may have had nothing to do with directly. This man may have invoked the name of ISIS as his reasoning but I’m not sure I believe he’s a member of ISIS. What I do believe is this was an act of hate. His father said he was angered when he saw 2 men kissing and a few weeks later he murders 50 people in a gay club.
I have a problem with us as a society being so outraged over something we ourselves have bred. We want to grab our pitch forks and crucify Islam/Muslims over this mans hatred, but we have allowed this kind of hate from our own. Christians believe homosexuality is a sin. Stoning in the physical sense isn’t “allowed”, though it still happens, we excuse it with “well it’s what they believe”. And yes we are all entitled to our beliefs, it’s what makes our country so great. But we will excuse and brush aside hatred from our own, while condemning hatred from “outside”. Neither type of hatred is ok. Everyone is entitled to their beliefs and their opinions but NOT at the expense of someone else’s safety.
The angry mob has assembled behind their fearless leader, Donald Trump. Trump is waving his fists in the air, begging for justice. Funny coming from a man who told Fox News if he gets elected, he would appoint judges to overturn same-sex marriage. Take that as you will.
I don’t believe this is solely a terrorist issue. It’s a hate issue. A hate that we have allowed. A hate, that has made considerable strides in recent years, but still exists. These victims were at a gay club, why? Because they still don’t feel comfortable going to a “straight” club. They still don’t feel accepted. They were vulnerable to an attack because we allow it. The same way children are vulnerable to attacks at school, because we allow it. The same way that black men and women are targeted and treated differently, because we allow it. The same way a privileged white man can get away with raping a young woman, because we allow it. We MUST do better for each other. We are all human. We MUST protect each other.