Gunman murdered 50 people at gay club ‘because he saw two men kissing’

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Mir Seddique, Mateen’s father told NBC News, that his son saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and this angered him, adding that it had ‘nothing to do with religion’.

US president Barack Obama has said the nightclub shooting in Orlando was an ‘act of terror’ and an ‘act of hate’.

He said the FBI is investigating the massacre as an act of terrorism, and added that no effort will be spared to determine whether the shooter was affiliated with terrorist groups.

‘This is a sobering reminder that attacks on any American regardless or race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation is an attack on all of us and the fundamental values and dignity that define us as a country,” he added.

‘This massacre is therefore a further reminder of how easy it is for someone to get their hands on a weapon that lets them shoot people in a school, in a house of worship or in a movie theater or in a nightclub.

‘We have to decided if that is the type of country we want to be. To actively to do nothing is a decision as well.’

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24 thoughts on “Gunman murdered 50 people at gay club ‘because he saw two men kissing’

  1. It is sad to see that this happened because the gunman was intolerable to the norms of what he thought was right. Others need to know that the world has many beautiful culture, race, religion, gender and sexual orientation despite of their beliefs. Be more loving in this world and don’t let the hatred consume.

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      1. That’s the sad truth. I hope that we can build a better tomorrow for all. We need to learn to love each other more as an individual and as humans despite the pure vile hatred that was taught in the past.

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  2. The other day, I saw a man let go of his child’s hand as they neared a busy intersection. I got angry, but I didn’t shoot a bunch of dads. Can you imagine if every time one got angry at someone…
    As soon as I looked at my social media feed, I saw Orlando on a rainbow ribbon. I knew it was a hate crime before I even searched for news. I am still reeling from the number of people affected.

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    1. Yeah…I’m feeling so much anger over this right now…There are times when I think what is wrong with my country. Why must every inch of progress be earned with innocent blood and years of preventable pain?

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      1. Even more despicable was that he was offended because his son was with him. What was he thinking? His son has to live without a Father and also has to live down the shame of having father who murdered over 50 innocent people because he saw two men kissing? I feel so bad for that kid.

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      2. Oh no!!His SON was with him? I feel so sorry for that poor child, too. That child must also be completely traumatized for life. And yes he was extremely harmful and negligent as a parent! If he could have at least put his son somewhere else, like with a grandparent or such… oh, my. There really are no limits to some people’s madness, I guess 😦 Hopfeully the kid can get to grow up with some healthy people….!!
        Hugs.

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      3. The son wasn’t with him during the shooting, fortunately. But you’re right, he will be scarred by this for life. Hatred is the ultimate narcissistic entitlement. The shooter obviously didn’t give a damn for that kid. The kid was just an excuse.

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  3. I am glad Obama said it was both. It is. LGBTQ rights are a political issue and so it is terrorism. But it is also hate crime. Such a tragedy being incited openly by politicians.

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    1. Thank you Josh. The fact that the guy ‘might’ be an ‘Islamic’ terrorist is incidental given that Christian Fundamentalists incite violence against gay people every day in the United States and Republican Party is running a hate monger for President (even if he manages to stay ‘on script’).

      Republicans committed an act of legislative terrorism in May:

      A battle over LGBT rights reached the U.S. House of Representatives in the past week, as pro-LGBT amendments have stalled multiple major spending bills.

      The latest development in the saga occurred Thursday, when Republicans voted against their own energy-appropriations measure after language was added that would ban discrimination against LGBT employees working for federal contractors.

      House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the amendments, initiated by Democrats, were merely designed to derail the budget process.

      “What we learned today is that the Democrats were not looking to advance an issue but to sabotage the appropriations process,” Ryan said after the energy appropriations bill failed by 305 votes to 112. “The mere fact that they passed their amendment and then voted against the bill containing their amendment proves this point.”

      For their part, Democratic lawmakers opposed language introduced by House Republicans that would prevent any funding cut to North Carolina as retribution for that state’s controversial law limiting bathroom access for transgender people.

      Fights over LGBT rights measures break out in Wingnut Congress

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      1. Yes, they did. In my opinion the only difference between an Islamic fundamentalist and a Christian one are the words they use to hate. Either way it should be unacceptable in a civilized society.

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