The Times Editorial in part:
As families began planning funerals for the victims of Sunday’s rampage at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., gay Americans mourned a loss that extended beyond the lives cut short.
Omar Mateen shattered the tenuous, hard-fought sense of personal safety that many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans have begun to feel as the movement for equality has made significant gains in recent years. His bullets and the blood he left behind that early morning were a reminder that in many corners of the country, gay and transgender people are still regarded as sinners and second-class citizens who should be scorned. [Emphasis mine. — Dave]
While the precise motivation for the rampage remains unclear, it is evident that Mr. Mateen was driven by hatred toward gays and lesbians.
Here’s who the New York Times blames, in order: Republican politicians, Republican-led state legislatures, Republican governors, Republican federal lawmakers, Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Ted Cruz, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, anyone who believes in traditional marriage, anyone who’s ever voted to preserve traditional marriage, and anyone who has ever voted for anyone who believes in or has voted to preserve traditional marriage.
To review: Sunday morning an individual shot more than a hundred people in a gay nightclub in Orlando. 49 died. He apparently visited the club himself, and may have picked up men for sex. He was a Muslim, whose father spoke out against gays. Islam is clear that homosexuality is unacceptable. His faith does not insist upon what most Americans would call ‘traditional marriage.’ Polygamy and child brides exist in Islam.
There is absolutely no evidence that pressure over a transsexual bathroom ban, harsh words about homosexuality from a fundamentalist preacher, or political influences caused him to kill people. I don’t believe even The New York Times editorial board could possibly believe what they wrote.
We should all redouble our efforts to spread the love of Christ. At the same time do not be afraid to advocate in the public square. Your faith does not disqualify you from speaking out for your country. If anything, your faith demands that you speak to others about the challenges we face. I pray we support each other in this. — Dave