When gay people ally with their killers.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
At the recent New York City LGBT Pride parade, marchers carried a rainbow flag imprinted with black letters, “Republican Hate Kills!” That same day, Islamist Turkey dispersed an attempt at a gay pride parade in Istanbul with tear gas and rubber bullets. Turkish cops in gas masks wearing black converged on a few hundred protesters, seized their rainbow flags and detained a number of prominent figures.
The week before that, a Trans Pride parade in Istanbul had been shut down the same way. Last year, the gay pride parade had been stopped with tear gas and water cannons.
The overlap of the date for the event with the Islamic period of Ramadan ended up dooming the parade. It was eventually banned for security reasons because “provocative acts and events may take place when the sensitivities that have emerged in society are taken into account”. What did that mean?
The Anatolia Muslim Youth Association had warned that it would act "to prevent fa...ts from marching". The Muslim Youth Association, a notoriously jolly bunch, had previously made headlines for putting up anti-Christmas posters showing Muslims punching Santa in the face.
Only in the Muslim world does a War on Christmas go together with gay-bashing.
The Muslim Youth Association is one of the leaves on the old Islamist Milli Gorus tree. Milli Gorus believes in a vast Jewish-Catholic-Protestant conspiracy against Turkey. The biggest leaf on that tree though is the AKP whose Islamist politicians rule over Turkey. The Muslim Youth Association still worships at the altar of Necmettin Erbakan, the bigoted former Islamist Prime Minister of Turkey who served as a mentor to Turkey’s current big boss Erdogan.
And the Anatolia Muslim Youth Association is not just a concern for Turkey. It has a branch in the United Status. Various Milli Gorus groups have tens of thousands of recruits in Europe and other countries.
Not that the New York LGBT marchers would care about any of that. Nor would they be interested in the fact that Omar Mateen, the Orlando gay club Jihadist, was a registered Democrat who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State whose solution to gay rights is throwing gay men off buildings.
Hillary Clinton put in an appearance at the New York parade, but Omar had liked her. So did the ”moderate” Muslim Brotherhood, whose spiritual leader Yusuf al-Qaradawi had called for lashing gays or possibly putting them to death. He also praised Hitler for trying to exterminate the Jews and wrote that female genital mutilation “enhances” a wife’s “conjugal relation with her husband”. The third wife of the 89-year-old cleric, who also believes that Islam allows wife-beating, had no comment.
Huma Abedin, Hillary’s aide who accompanied her to the LGBT Pride parade, is the daughter of a Muslim Sisterhood member who was linked to Qaradawi. In Women in Islam, the book written by Huma’s mother, lashing for “fornicators,” a term that Qaradawi would apply to gay people, is endorsed. It also justifies the murder of Muslims who leave Islam and okays female genital mutilation.
The “internet” has been blamed for “radicalizing” Omar Mateen, the Pulse terrorist. But Omar didn’t need the internet.
Omar Mateen’s father was a fan of the Taliban. Aside from murdering women who didn’t wear Burqas, the Taliban executed gay men by burying them alive. "Allah will punish those involved in homosexuality," Omar’s dad told the media.
In Afghanistan, the Mateen clan’s country of origin, homosexual acts carry the death penalty. Omar’s native language was Afghani. It might make sense to wonder whether it wasn’t Afghanistan that “radicalized” both father and son.
But there really is nothing “radical” about the Islamic murder of gay people. There are plenty of Muslim countries that punish gay men with death. Most others will usually criminalize it in some fashion. Mohammed’s command to kill gay men appears in numerous Islamic Hadiths. His successor had a gay man burned at the stake. His son-in-law had a gay man thrown from the minaret of a mosque.
These were the highest authorities in Islam. When ISIS throws gay men off buildings, it is following in the footsteps of the mainstream founders and leaders of the Islamic religion.
The Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, Florida, had invited an Islamic scholar who had called for killing gay people. “Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence…we have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion. Let’s get rid of them now.”
The speaker’s native Iran practices what he preaches quite assiduously by getting “rid of them now”.
Omar Mateen’s mother-in-law was quite fond of Hamas, an Islamic group whose co-founder has said, “You in the West do not live like human beings. You do not even live like animals. You accept homosexuality”. Currently, the penalty runs to about ten years. Did this have anything to do with the reluctance of Omar’s wife to turn in her husband before he murdered 49 people at Pulse?
Of course this is a conversation that we can’t and won’t have.
The media tells us incessantly that Omar Mateen’s massacre had nothing to do with Islam even though he announced that he was an “Islamic Soldier” and declared, “In the name of Allah, the merciful, praise be to Allah, and prayers as well as peace upon the prophet of Allah. I let you know, I'm in Orlando and I did the shootings.”
The various news organizations have circulated more conspiracy theories about Omar’s killing spree than they have about the JFK assassination. But the inconvenient truth is that Omar was an Islamic terrorist. He had as much to do with Republicans as the marchers at the LGBT Pride parade.
But this inconvenient truth is too inconvenient for an activist culture that is far more invested in leveraging the Pulse terrorist attack for political gain than preventing it from happening again.
In activist culture, Muslims are political allies and Republicans are political enemies. Even though Trump’s proposal for a Muslim travel ban would actually prevent future Islamic terror attacks on gay nightspots while their Muslim political allies would wind up seeing to it that more attacks take place.
It’s easier to stonewall any conversation about Islamic violence toward gays than to deal with the new changed threat environment after the Pulse attack. But that just makes another attack inevitable.
Muslim terrorists like to repeat their greatest hits. The World Trade Center bombing led to 9/11. The 2012 attacks on US diplomatic facilities were timed for that same date. Muslim terrorists have repeatedly targeted synagogues with little success. Omar’s body count will likely encourage them to think that gay nightspots are an easier target. And if “Republican Hate Kills” becomes the takeaway message in the gay community, then the terrorists might just end up being proven right once again.
As long as gay people continue to be wedded to an activist culture that demands alliances with their killers, then the sum of their activism will be to make the next massacre, and the one after that, possible.