As Republicans Rush to Blame Islam for Orlando Massacre, They Cowardly Deny the Truth

Was the attack at a gay club in Orlando an act of Islamic terrorism? I guess that’s what they’re going to call it. After all, that’s the easy way to classify a Muslim male who apparently pledged allegiance to ISIS before brutally slaughtering 49 people. Clearly, “radical Islamic terror” is exactly how Republicans are spinning this. As their presidential candidate Donald Trump said a few months ago, “his poll numbers jump” every time there’s some sort of attack linked to terrorism.

While they’ll never admit it, much of the GOP seems to view these attacks as “good news” for the party. To say nothing about the NRA and the dollar signs they’re now seeing since they have another attack they’ll use to push fear that will undoubtedly lead to a spike in gun sales.

Personally, I can understand viewing this as domestic terrorism, but I don’t think Islam or ISIS should be the focus here.

As of now, there’s zero evidence that he was ordered or directed by anyone to carry out this massacre. Sure, he claimed allegiance to ISIS, but there’s a huge difference between ISIS sending over and/or communicating with people in United States to carry out attacks ordered by ISIS leaders, and someone having access to the Internet being influenced by the group. Anyone can claim allegiance to a group, that doesn’t mean they’re actually aligned with that group. Just because ISIS claims responsibility doesn’t mean they had anything to do with it. Terror groups will often claim responsibility for something such as this simply to make themselves appear more powerful than they are.

Trying to link this madman’s horrific actions to ISIS benefits Republican propaganda, so they’re going to push this as “proof” ISIS is targeting Americans and the Obama administration isn’t keeping us safe.

Meanwhile, the reality of the situation gets swept under the rug.

In fact, if you want to blame anyone for how this parasite managed to murder all of those innocent people, Republicans should really look at themselves in the mirror — because it’s their opposition to sensible gun regulations which allowed this monster to legally have guns in the first place.

Despite the fact that the shooter had a documented history of violence, including records from a 2011 divorce where his ex-wife claimed he was mentally unstable, violent and repeatedly beat her, he was still legally allowed to purchase the two weapons that he used early Sunday morning. Heck, even though the FBI had looked into him twice, there was no legal authority for anyone to deny him, as an American-born citizen, his “Second Amendment rights” to legally purchase weapons just days before he carried out the deadliest attack on U.S. soil since 9/11. He had even been on the terror watch list, but was still legally allowed to buy guns. Then there’s a former co-worker of the shooter who referred to him as “unhinged and unstable,” saying he often talked of “killing people.” Yet, even with the accounts by those who knew him that he was a violent, deranged psychopath, because Republicans refuse to consider any form of sensible gun regulations that might prevent “unhinged and unstable” people from getting guns, he was allowed to legally purchase weapons just before killing at least 49 people and shooting over 100.

These are the same Republicans who blocked a bill that would have prevented people who are on the “no-fly list” from being able to buy guns.

Let’s also not gloss over the fact that the GOP allowed the assault weapons ban to expire years ago. Meaning that this shooter was legally allowed to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle — a military-style weapon designed for military use to kill human beings. This gun isn’t made for “self-defense” or hunting, it was engineered and designed for militaries to use to kill other human beings.

If you ask me, this massacre in Orlando was more of a hate crime than any “act of terror.” He could have picked any target, any club — yet he chose one that caters to homosexuals. And don’t tell me that there aren’t many conservative “Christians” in this country who didn’t feel this happened because of the type of club it was.

Don’t believe me? Just ask this pathetic pile of human excrement, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Now, was this brutal killer influenced by ISIS and his Muslim faith? Apparently so. Like Christianity, Islam condemns homosexuality.

This is why I’ve said that the world will always live in some form of chaos as long as organized religion persists. Through organized religion, mentally unstable humans have, since its inception thousands of years ago, used it to justify horrific behavior “in the name of (insert whatever God they worship).”

Not only that, but according to the shooter’s own father, the sight of two men kissing in Miami once greatly angered him.

Again, I’m not saying ISIS’s influence didn’t play some role in this. But when you look at this monster’s history of mental instability, this seems as if his self-admitted “allegiance to ISIS” was his excuse to “justify” a violent desire to kill that he already possessed. Then based upon his father’s words that seeing two men kissing “angered him,” it seems pretty clear that he had some strong anti-LGBT beliefs which is probably why he chose a gay club as his target.

But let’s not act as if radical beliefs against members of the LGBT community are exclusive to Islam. Republicans all across the country have embraced the endorsements of pastors and other religious leaders who’ve expressed their beliefs that homosexuality should be a crime, some even saying it should be punishable by death. It’s hard for me to take seriously the “condolences” of people from a party who had several of their presidential candidates defend and embrace a pastor who believes homosexuals should be killed.

While there’s no proof (at least not yet) that he specifically chose a gay club because of what it was, I can’t believe that this target was random.

So, while this will undoubtedly be considered an “act of terror,” I personally view it a little differently. To me this was a religious fanatic with a strong disdain for homosexuals who finally found an excuse to act out on his rage. Someone who, despite a long list of “red flags” proving that this guy was “unhinged and unstable,” was allowed to fully and legally arm himself to carry out this horrific attack.

He was able to do this not because of anything ISIS was directly able to do to help this monster carry out this massacre, but because the Republican party simply refuses to do anything to address the fact that, in this country, we make it too damn easy for people who shouldn’t be able to buy guns to do just that.

We’re now facing a new reality that, because of the GOP’s continued refusal to do anything about gun violence, their pro-gun propaganda has allowed “radicalized” Americans to legally purchase the very guns they’ll use to carry out horrific acts of violence and terror. Meanwhile, ISIS can sit back and laugh at the fact that one of our nation’s two largest political parties, because they’ve sold their soul to the NRA and gun fanatics, is actually partially responsible for the reason why terror groups don’t even need to sneak weapons into our borders — there’s really no need for them to take that risk. The Republican party, via their pro-gun propaganda, has made it abhorrently easy for these animals to legally arm themselves with the guns they’ll later use to slaughter innocent Americans.

So, yes, ISIS’s influence was partially responsible for driving this psychopath to do what he did. But I also know this much, members of ISIS aren’t the ones in Congress opposing any attempt to pass laws so that people like this mass murderer can’t get their hands on guns — it’s Republicans who are doing that.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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