Regressive Left Blames ‘Conservative Christians’ For Orlando Massacre
In a backwards twist of logic, regressive leftists have pinned the blame for the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando by a Muslim extremist who declared allegiance with ISIS on… conservative Christians.
Writing for ThinkProgress, LGBT Editor Zach Ford outlined his mind bending theory that conservative Christian America is to blame for the massacre in TWO ways.
Ford suggests that conservative Christians are to blame because they promote and practice their own “violence” against the LGBT community, and secondly, conservative Christians have created an anti-Islamic culture, which acted as a “spark” for the attack, according to Ford.
“ISIS may sensationalize anti-gay violence — specifically to spark the anti-Islam sentiment that fuels it — but that doesn’t actually make radical Islam more violent against LGBT people than the conservative Christian sentiment that permeates the U.S.” Ford writes.
Yep, that’s correct, Ford argues that while Islamic governments and ISIS extremists both EXECUTE gay people, American Christians are somehow MORE violent towards the LGBT community.
To justify his argument, Ford points James Wesley Howell, a 20-year-old Indiana man who was found with guns and explosive chemicals in his car on the way to a California gay pride parade on Sunday, just hours after the Orlando incident.
“Howell is white, and he’s from Indiana,” Ford writes, before proceeding to lump him in with recently passed laws in Indiana intended to prevent anyone, specifically business owners, from being forced to provide services for same-sex weddings, should they be approached to do so.
“The people [who blame radical Islam for the terror attack in Orlando] are the same people who regularly speak out against LGBT equality — who support discrimination against same-sex couples in the name of ‘religious liberty’ and who demonize transgender people as mentally ill.” Ford writes, arguing that such behaviour could equally or more so inspire violence against gay people than radical Islam.
While that is clearly a ridiculous argument, given that even so called ‘moderate’ Muslims support KILLING gay people, Ford also fails to mention that Howell is not a conservative Christian, and is in fact a gay man.
Howell’s ex-boyfriend and other acquaintances were interviewed by reporters, and maintained that Howell “harbored no violent feelings toward” the LGBT community.
OK, so already Ford’s argument is resting on ground that is thin to non-existent.
He is arguing that someone who would rather not bake a cake for a gay wedding can inspire worse violence against the gay community than someone who throws homosexuals off rooftops.
Ford also suggests that conservatives’ response to a shooting last year at a Planned Parenthood clinic is another example of the right somehow avoiding taking responsibility.
“Robert Lewis Dear was clearly motivated by his Christian anti-abortion beliefs, but conservatives similarly likewise tried to avoid taking responsibility for propagating those notions.” Ford writes.
However, in reality, investigators concluded that Dear had no clear motivation, and those familiar with Dear said he was a recluse and an utterly confusing individual. “If you talked to him, nothing with him was very cognitive,’ said neighbor James Russell.”
Never mind huh, just blame ALL white conservative Christians for the shooting, and demand they take responsibility.
Ford then spends three paragraphs quoting statistics about LGBT suicide, homelessness, and crime-victim rates, as if all of these things are somehow the fault of every conservative Christian in America.
His conclusion is that conservative Christians all discriminate against gay people and promote and inspire violence and hatred against them.
“The Orlando shooting is not an opportunity to absolve conservatives who have railed against LGBT equality for years.” he writes.
Such an opinion really isn’t all that surprising given that the mainstream media, and the US government promotes the same views.
The Department of Homeland Security is operating under a brief that contends right wing Americans pose just as much of a threat to the country as Islamic extremists. The DHS was also more concerned about being “disrespectful” to Muslims than identifying terrorists, per a Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) report.
Meanwhile, the president spent a significant part of his press conference concerning the Orlando incident, taking shots at Republicans and Donald Trump, and arguing that using the phrase ‘radical Islam’ is a ‘political talking point’ rather than a factual description.
“There’s no magic to the phrase ‘radical Islam.’ It’s a political talking point. It’s not a strategy… Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away. This is a political distraction. Not once has an adviser of mine said, ‘Man, if we use that phrase, we’re going to turn this whole thing around.’“ Obama said.
Calling a threat by a different name doesn’t make it go away… Obama and the regressive left might really think about following that advice.