Yesterday marked the one year anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando that killed 49 law-abiding citizens. It was also the anniversary of a Planned Parenthood sub-group, PP Black Community, placing blame on ‘toxic masculinity’ and homophobia for the tragedy rather than radical Islamic terrorism.
#Islam doesn't foment the violence alleged gunman Omar Mateen enacted, toxic masculinity & a global culture of imperialist homophobia does
— PP Black Community (@PPBlackComm) June 12, 2016
As Kat Timpf wrote in the National Review last year, the shooting was, of course, not motivated purely by Islam as a whole. But, any reasonable person can differentiate between Islam as a religion and radical Islam, which is the most common motivation behind terrorism.
Omar Mateen, the culprit of the deadliest mass shooting in American history, pledged allegiance to ISIS. Not to ‘toxic masculinity.’ It is insulting to the victims of the terror attack for a group like Planned Parenthood, who claims to champion equal rights for women and the LGBTQ communities, to refuse to call the shooting what it was: an act of radical Islamic terrorism and an attack on western values.
Of course, most will not refute that Mateen was likely a homophobe who hated Americans. However, that’s just it: radical Islam hates America and our values. What opponents of labeling domestic attacks as radical Islamic terror, even when the man behind the deadly shooting clearly had distinct ties to ISIS, won’t admit is that the aforementioned traits are consistent with radical Islam. Those who subscribe to radical Islamic terrorism hate America, our values and everything we stand for, so of course those same people would likely be homophobic. The problem is that the Left, who are often apologists for terrorists, would rather downplay a terror attack than label it as radical Islam.
Unfortunately, a year after the horrific Orlando shooting, the trend of discounting terroristic acts did not end. Following the May Manchester terror attack, Democrats still refused to condemn radical Islam and label the attack as such. Particularly, Massachusetts congressional candidate Brianna Wu blamed misogyny for the attack on Manchester.
When a man straps on a bomb of nails, goes to woman's concert to kill an audience of women and girls - IT'S A SAFE BET SEXISM IS INVOLVED.
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) May 23, 2017
Democrats will be left behind in the fight against terrorism if they continue to disregard acts of terror and the motivation behind them, and undermine the victims of these horrific acts.