I’ve always been willing to call out “my side” from time to time. In fact, I’ll be the first to admit that the far-left and the far-right aren’t all that much different when it comes to denying facts that they don’t want to be real. I’ve “taken on” each “side” in my years covering politics and, trust me when I say this, trying to reason with a radical liberal isn’t much different from trying to reason with a radical conservative. The unfortunate truth is, in today’s society, there are millions of people on both “sides” who don’t really care about the truth, they just want to find news sources that tell them what they want to hear.
Well, I’m not one of those people. When I see a glaring hypocrisy on “my side,” I’ll frequently call it out.
And in the wake of the horrific massacre in Orlando that left 49 dead at the hands of a madman, there’s been one glaring hypocrisy on the left as it relates to this shooting: The seemingly unconditional defense of Islam.
Now, before going forward, let me state a couple of things.
First let me begin by saying that, personally, I view this shooting more as a hate crime against homosexuals than I do a “radical Islamic terrorist attack,” and I’ve said that pretty much from the beginning. After seeing more and more of the facts come out, this seems like a situation where this mentally unhinged monster who was very likely a repressed homosexual man who specifically chose this nightclub because it catered to gay people. There’s been absolutely zero evidence, thus far, to indicate he had any contact with any terrorist group which ordered him to do what he did.
That being said, I also don’t discount the role Islam played in this. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not accusing Islam of being anti-gay and Christianity of being tolerant — not even close. When it comes to being anti-LGBT, radical Muslims and radical Christians aren’t all that much different in how they view homosexuals. So, please, don’t think I’m targeting Islam while excusing Christians — I’m not.
In fact, I’ve written in the past that, while I’m a fan of faith, I am not a fan of human-made organized religion — any of them. Through faith someone can have a belief in something greater than themselves; through organized religion humans can use that faith to manipulate people into acting out in horrific, violent and disgusting ways.
In the case of the Orlando shooter, this bottom-feeder found his “justification” for not only rejecting his own sexuality (again, that’s just my conclusion based on the evidence I’ve seen thus far), but to feel as if his murderous act was “justified” based upon his religious beliefs.
Am I saying that guns didn’t play a part? Absolutely not. While I know Republicans want to act as if Democrats are “exploiting” the shooting to “attack law-abiding gun owners” to “push their gun agenda,” that’s complete bullshit. The reason why we have to seize the opportunity to bring up gun regulations during times like these is because nothing continues to get done about them and we’re sick and tired of seeing people who shouldn’t have guns in the first place slaughtering innocent people. Especially in the case of Orlando where a suspected terrorist with a violent past was legally allowed to purchase his weapons specifically because Republicans oppose legislation that would have prevented someone like him from being able to do so.
However, for many liberals to discount Islam as being an influence here is not only wrong, but it’s hypocritical as well.
Imagine for a moment if the Orlando shooter was a white, Christian male. Something tells me the rhetoric coming from the “left,” while still clearly focused on guns, would also include a heavy dose of headlines along the lines of, “Why don’t we call him a Christian terrorist?,” “The right-wing Christian war on gay rights” and many others specifically targeting the religion of the shooter.
Don’t get me wrong, we see the same hypocrisy from Republicans who are now eager to bring up the shooter’s religion because he’s Muslim, but would be trying to discount any religious affiliation if he had happened to be Christian.
There’s definitely a blatant hypocrisy on the left when it comes to how they view Islam, just as there’s a blatant hypocrisy on the right in how they view Christianity.
This is a point Bill Maher has tried to make on numerous occasions, only to be called “Islamophobic” or a “bigot.” That’s interesting considering he routinely bashes Christianity, but he rarely gets “attacked” by the left for doing so. It’s only when he calls out Islam for being oppressive against homosexuals, women and equal rights in general, then he become a “bigot.” As Maher often alludes to, that’s ironic coming from liberals who aggressively go after bakeries for not wanting to bake a cake, yet often defend a religion that’s actually more oppressive toward homosexuals overall (there are many places in the Middle East and south Asia where homosexuality is strictly forbidden if not punished) than Christianity. To say nothing about how oppressive Islam is in many of these countries toward women, as well.
But I just can’t help but feel that, had this shooter been a white conservative Christian, we’d be seeing a whole different attitude from liberals about the important role his religious beliefs must have played in this horrific act. Again, we’d see the same hypocrisy from the right — but the truth is, we’re used to “Christian conservatives” being absolute hypocrites when it comes to religion, so that’s not exactly breaking news. The entire “Christian conservative” shtick is predicated upon picking and choosing what they want to follow and what they don’t want to follow.
While I’m sure I’ll get ridiculed by liberals in the comments section of this article for my “ignorance,” there’s no way any of those folks can rationally try to tell me that the conversation about the shooter’s religion wouldn’t be a whole lot different from the left had it been a white Christian who walked into a gay club in Orlando and killed 49 people.
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