Was the Orlando attack inspired by radical Islam or homophobia? | The Tylt
Omar Mateen carried out the worst mass shooting in US history on Sunday, killing 49 people and wounding 53 at an Orlando gay nightclub. During the attack, Mateen called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS.
In the wake of the attacks, people are left wondering what motivated such evil.
As Mic reports, the situation is complex and its categorization may affect how the government conducts its investigation. Despite the nuances, people have gone to their corners on social media as people try to make sense of the horrors that transpired.
Left-leaning groups have cited lax gun control and homophobia as the root of the crime. Mateen’s ex-wife described him as "emotionally unstable" and said he beat her. His coworkers described him as "an angry person, violent in nature, and a bigot to almost every class of person." Mir Seddique, Mateen’s father, told NBC News that the shooting had "nothing to do with religion," and that Mateen was furious when he saw two men kissing in Miami several months ago. The massacre is the worst attack directed at LGBT Americans in US history.
On the other hand, Mateen's pledge to ISIS, as well as previous investigations into his possible connections to terrorist activities, make some suspicious that religious extremism played a role in the massacre. Conservatives are slamming President Obama for describing the event as "homegrown extremism” inspired by "online propaganda."
Critics claim Obama’s statements completely ignore the source of the propaganda and the very real threat that ISIS has created. It is by design that ISIS weaponizes radical Islam, and it is by design that ISIS encourages lone supporters to plan attacks this way. We only need to look at the past six months to see other attacks that operated under similar circumstances.
Reports that Mateen may have been a closeted homosexual only puts more of a confusing spin on determining his motivations. Was this the action of a mentally torn individually who could not accept himself for who he was? What role, if any, did religion play in that self-hate?
Was the Orlando Shooting inspired by #OrlRadicalIslam or #OrlHomophobia?
Was the Orlando attack inspired by radical Islam or homophobia?
The "personal responsibility" crowd going hard to blame the entirety of Islam,but not a peep when Dylan Roof had Christian extremist ties— Xaytone (@XLNB) June 13, 2016
The Orlando attack was a hate crime, specifically against the LGBT community. Call this tragedy by its right name.— Feminism Vibes (@feminismvibes) June 13, 2016
Mr. President, how many American lives have to be lost before you understand the threat radical Islam is to every freedom-loving person?— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) June 13, 2016