Targeted Act of a Terrorist’s Hate
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June is LGBTQ pride month and parades and festivities abound month-long. Pride 2016 is particularly important because it marks the one-year anniversary of “Obergefell v. Hodges,” the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
Boston Pride was last week with its signature Pride Parade extravaganza on Saturday. Come Sunday morning I woke up to the devastating news of the Orlando club massacre where the gunman, Omar Mateen, killed 49, and injured 53 LGBTQ revelers and allies who just happened to be patrons at Pulse on its most popular club night, which is Latin Night.
Pulse, like most LGBTQ nightclubs across the country, was more than just a place to dance and drink. Nightclubs functions as multiple sites for the LGBTQ community where we can communion and have community away from the glaring and disapproving eyes of family, church and society, even in 2016.
But when LGBTQs are catch in the glaring or disapproving eyes of homophobes we don’t take for granted that the reprisal acted on us didn’t derive from a momentary glance that has now come back to harm us or someone in our community -even if the murderer, like Mateen, was either gay-curious for himself or gay-cruising for the kill for Isis.
In explaining the probable reason for the carnage his son created, Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, shared with news media an incident in Miami months before the nightclub shooting where his son witnessed two gay males kissing that repulsed and outraged him, especially since it was done in the presence of both his wife and son.
Also, in trying to deflect attention away from Islamophobes who easily blame everything disapproving a Muslim does on the religion Mir Seddique flat out stated that his son’s attack had nothing to do with religion. And, Muslim groups worldwide followed suit in condemning the act.
Anti-gay theology is not particular to Islam. While the Quran has scriptures condemning homosexuality so, too, does the Christian Bible.
For example, although the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of marriage equality many Republicans still think marriage should be between one woman and one man, because somewhere in their scriptures or holy imagination it says marriage is between “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” And their opposition to last June’s SCOUS decision wasn’t as hatefully demonstrative and obstructively cynical as that of Kim Davis — the now infamous Kentucky County clerk who not