I had started to write on the Orlando massacre Sunday morning. After about four paragraphs I stopped. It was a good article – informative, factual (at least to the best of my capabilities given that I live in California). But I felt that this article would have more to offer if I gave more thought to the substance rather than participating in the feverish rush to the presses. No doubt I have read some very good articles that covered the gamut of viewpoints. Then, there are those by certain media outlets that have no better way to spread their ink than taking political swipes and potshots with barely a thought about the victims and families.
If you read any of my previous articles, I would hope it is clear that I am a Christian. Given that my primary topic is that of rights, I haven’t ventured into other subject matter much. But, before I go on, I want to pass on my sincere, heartfelt condolences to those families, friends and loved ones that lost someone special on Sunday. To those who survived, my prayers are for your recovery. For all affected by this horrific tragedy, my prayers are for all of you, for peace, comfort and healing. There is nothing more brutal than the lives of the innocent being ruthlessly taken away.
I don’t need to agree with the lifestyle or choices an individual makes to join in lifting my voice against the persecution of innocent people. My observation of the hate, the evil is agnostic of the victimology. The fact is this: a Muslim terrorist sought to murder as many members of the LGBT community as possible. Yet there seems to be blame for everyone, diverting attention from the evil doctrine that breeds the hate we have witnessed in Orlando, San Bernardino, Moore, Boston, New York, Paris, Belgium and so many other places – more than 1600 years of Islamic jihad.
Then there are those who will say horrible things about the LGBT community, even now, using their label of Christianity to pour contempt into the wounds. That is not the way my God teaches me. My God says to comfort those in pain, cry with those who are crying, be compassionate. My God teaches me to love the unloved, feed the hungry and clothe the naked. My God teaches me to embrace those who would otherwise push me away – if only for a moment, to give them comfort and encouragement. One act of kindness to a community that has been shattered says a lot more than rebuke for a choice of lifestyle.
But let’s talk about the blame going around right now and then I’ll leave you with a few thoughts.
First, it didn’t take long for liberals to politicize the Orlando massacre to, once again, prop up the anti-gun agenda. Yes, it is easier to get guns here in America than in most other countries. Question: what do terrorists use when guns are scarce or unobtainable? What did the Boston terrorists use? So, if they cannot get guns, they make bombs. What would a couple of bombs done inside that club? Would there have been any survivors? We should place blame on the inability to be armed and defend ourselves on equal footing with those criminals who have obtained guns and want to hurt us.
Secondly, some are blaming Christianity. I knew it was going to happen and it did. I have yet to make any sense of the logic or connection. The terrorist was Muslim. Islam teaches the death of homosexuals, Christians, Jews and the infidel. Christianity teaches that no man stands in judgment of another’s sin much less to murder, maim or torture another individual.
Yet the real blame for this goes to the Obama Administration. It is on President Obama’s watch that we have seen a marked increase in Islamic terrorism in America. He and his confidant, Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett, are Hell bent on continuing to allow a flood of Muslims into America without vetting them. This is not for the betterment of America, rather its destruction. Muslims are demanding Sharia law be implemented in cities across the United States. Mayors are folding and Americans are going to suffer for it. Why? The Obama Administration refuses to identify an evil for what it is and refuses to put a name to it.
Refusing to identify an evil or put a name to evil is characteristic of someone either in denial or in affiliation.
Let us be sure to identify the evil – radical Islamic terrorism. This is not just a hate crime; regardless of the ideology that incites the act, it is terrorism. Since an Islamic jihadi connection is extremely obvious, how should we then view the root of that which incited the deadliest mass shooting in American history surpassing Virginia Tech, 2007 (32 dead) and Sandy Hook, 2012 (27 dead)? The shooter, of Ft. Pierce, Florida, according to CNN, ‘called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers’ (source, unnamed U.S. official).
In his speech, Obama did mention terror, but then stated, “We’ve reached no definitive judgment on the precise motivations of the killer.” Really, Mr. President? Yet there is a 911 audio recording of the shooter claiming allegiance to ISIS, a known Islamic terrorist organization. “The FBI is appropriately investigating this as an act of terrorism,” the President continued, “and I’ve directed that we must spare no effort to determine what, if any, inspiration or association this killer may have had with terrorist groups.” Once again, I refer to the 911 recording.
At least the President recognized that this vicious murderer was filled with hate although he is unclear how someone could have that much hate for another living being.
I ask again, “How should we view the root doctrine from which this act originated?” If Islamic radicals seem to have no problem with taking the lives of the infidels – of which homosexuals are gratuitously enjoined – what does that say about the Islamic doctrine? The word radical means ‘connected to the root’. What is connected to the root bears the likeness of the fruit it is designed to grow. While the Christian doctrine teaches to ‘love thy neighbor,’ the Islamic doctrine teaches to ‘kill the infidel.’
Is it merely coincidence that this event in Orlando targeted homosexuals during gay pride month just a couple of weeks after the start of Ramadan?
And what are we to make of our upcoming celebration of Independence? July 4th, the day when everyone will be barbecuing, watching parades and fireworks, is only 2 days from the end of Ramadan.
One last thought: I’ve considered the survivors of Orlando and as I have prayed for them, one teaching keeps coming to mind I’ll leave you with this:
Some people who were there at that time told Jesus about certain Galileans. Pilate had mixed their blood with their sacrifices. 2 Jesus said, “These people from Galilee suffered greatly. Do you think they were worse sinners than all the other Galileans? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you turn away from your sins, you will all die too. 4 Or what about the 18 people in Siloam? They died when the tower fell on them. Do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you turn away from your sins, you will all die too.”