If ISIL is so dangerous, Charles Pierce asks, “how does calling them something, or not calling them something, make them less so?” He refers, of course, to the right’s hysteria over Barack Obama’s refusal to be baited over dangerous semantic games.
As we learn more about [Omar Mateen], he seems to have had a staggering mixture of motives; he was such a tightly wound ball of hate that we never may truly untangle the real cause of why he did what he did. He didn’t much like any minorities. He slapped his first wife around. He broke chairs. He threw angry fits at the office. He may have been a self-loathing gay man.The real tell is that, instead of the customary reaction by the people who knew him as to how Mateen was “a quiet guy who kept to himself,” his friends and co-workers have said pretty much to a person that they expected him to go off somehow somewhere, and soon.
As to politics, at one point or another, Mateen expressed support for Daesh, for Hezbollah, and for the Tsarnaev brothers, which proves only that he knows just as little about Middle East politics as He, Trump does. This act had about as much to do with religion as it had to do with horticulture. The guy was an unstable time bomb who hated everyone who wasn’t him, but who nonetheless had no trouble at all buying an AR-15 rifle and a handgun because freedom and America, that’s why.
But those men who grab their skirts and jump on chairs like a maid “an old cartoon at the mention of RADICAL ISLAM WHOA NELLY have their own problem with referring to things by their proper names:
Then Pete Sessions’ office clarified:
Because you can’t be Latinx and gay. Or straight and visit a gay club. I was prepared to say that Omar Mateen was inspired by homophobia and the most malevolent West-hating strain of Islam, but the picture is, as Pierce remarks, murkier this afternoon.