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More Thoughts On The Orlando Massacre

As a whole, we are a society that needs to find reason and place blame. Our history bears this out. In the U.S. alone, there is centuries worth of finger pointing. We have blamed and punished Native Americans and African Americans. During the late 19th century, and early 20th century it was Anarchist and Socialist. During WWI it was the Germans. During WWII it was the Japanese and Germans. During the 50’s through the late 80’s it was the Communist. Since 9/11 it’s been the Muslims. The point is that every time we face a period of crisis, someone must bear the brunt of the blame, just or unjust. We are a wary and suspicious society. Mistrusting and mistreating the square pegs who do not fit into our round holes.

In the case of Omar Mateen, I see no proof that his actions were representative of his religious beliefs. There are no manifestos created by Mateen, there are no social media rants that we know of. He supposedly declared allegiance to ISIS, but the FBI claims there is no proof of that. There is no indication what so ever that he killed in the name of his god. Yes, Islam does condemn homosexuality, but so do many Christian religions. If Catholic John Smith committed this atrocity, he would simply be another homophobic asshole with no regard for life. We would be attacking the man, not the religion or any other group he happened to fit into. Furthermore, if Mateen was a radical Islam terrorist, why target one specific group of Americans?

This man, Grady Mateen was a monster pure and simple. He was violent, as his ex wife will attest t. He mistreated and beat her regularly. He hated those who were LGBTQ. His disdain for two men kissing in public months before would bear witness to that. He was a misogynist and a homophobe.  He was mentally ill. He was a product of a society that routinely denigrates women and hates  those of same sex orientation. If you don’t believe me, go on Twitter, where you’ll find many tweets from so called Christians who are cheering Mateen for his actions. It’s sickeningly ironic that the same people who would rage against people of Islam, are now holding a Muslim up as a hero for slaying so many  gay and transgendered in one fell swoop. These internet bullies are as grotesque as the man who seemingly did their dirty work for them.

In conclusion, blame the man who committed the act, not the religion. Place shame on a person who would be so filled with malevolence, that he drove 5 hours to massacre those who were born different than he. Furthermore, blame a society that marginalizes and castigates the LGBTQ populace. Blame a public mindset that places more value on guns than people. Blame a government that protects assault weapons instead of human beings.

It’s ok to point fingers. In fact, go ahead and point fingers as if you were in a doughnut shop.

Just be mindful to point the finger at the right doughnut when you do.

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  1. Sedate Me
    June 13, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    One of the many problems with America allowing such massive firepower to be sold to the general public is that America is now at the mercy of every single one of its “weakest links”. You don’t need a militia group or even a terrorist cell anymore. You just need one fucking nut-job with an axe to grind.

    Sure, you don’t need a gun to kill. However, nobody ever killed/wounded 100 people with a baseball bat. With the modern weaponry that’s almost as ubiquitous as baseball bats are, ONE PERSON acting alone can shoot 100 people and keep a SWAT Team at bay.

    But as I said before, if the “radical Muslim” wanted to kill Christians, he could have waited a few hours and walked into one of the countless churches in Florida, many of whom would vote to deport/imprison him purely for his religion.

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    • Sedate Me
      June 13, 2016 at 5:47 pm

      …and many would probably like the people he shot deported too.

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    • June 14, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Hell, he could have went to Disney World, or Paramount, or whatever mass money sucking theme parks are in Orlando. It just doesn’t make any sense that he would be an Islamic Terrorist.

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