ACLU attorneys blame 'Christian right' for Orlando shooting
A couple of attorneys who work for the ACLU are blaming the political environment created by anti-gay Christian conservatives for the shootings in Orlando.
The shooter, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to ISIS and was a known extremist to the FBI.
Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, claimed the social and political environment cultivated by Christian conservatives in recent months was to blame for the shooting at Pulse, a nightclub popular with Orlando’s LGBT community.
The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No. #PulseNightclub— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016
I would love to know how Barrister Strangio defines "anti-LGBT bills." I bet it's not quite the same definition we would use.
But he's right. Why blame Islam when Christians throw gays off the top of buildings, burn them alive, throw them in jail...oh, wait. Fact is, Strangio is an ignoramus if he can't figure out for himself that many Muslims don't need an excuse to murder gay people.
Strangio also called for solidarity between American Muslims and LGBT communities, arguing both are maligned and oppressed by the religious right. Federal law enforcement officials have identified Omar Mateen, of Port St. Lucie, Fla., as the alleged shooter. Mateen’s father told NBC news his son harbored anti-gay sentiments, and said his son gave voice to those feelings recently during a trip to Miami, where he saw two men kissing.
Another ACLU attorney, Eunice Hyon Min Rho, who specializes in election and religious liberty law, impugned the motives of Republican lawmakers who expressed sympathy for the victims, by pointing out many were sponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act, legislation the ACLU considers anti-LGBT.She further characterized expressions of solidarity as “useless,” as many of the victims could be people of color, who she contends are regularly stigmatized by Republican legislators. Little demographic data is currently available about the victims, as many have not yet been identified.She went on to retweet a user who claimed many public officials would use the auspices of an LGBT tragedy to pursue an “anti-Muslim agenda.”
The ACLU did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
People of color are "regularly stigmatized" by Republicans? Now there's a gratuitous smear. Define "regularly" and tell us how the GOP "stigmatizes" minorities. It sounds real good but ends up being an empty political hack job.
That's the problem with using a tragedy to attack your political opponents. People just might ask you to prove your attacks. And when you can't, you look not only silly, but morally corrupt and inhuman.
It's telling that this came from those associated with the ACLU, who, more than any other organization, has put roadblocks in the way of the government to keep us safer. They are absolutists – besotted with ideology and hatred, who feel no compunction about actively assisting the enemies of the U.S.