Seddique Mir Mateen, the father of suspected Orlando gunman Omar Mateen who killed at least 49 people at a gay nightclub Sunday morning, has been revealed to be a supporter of the Afghan Taliban with strong anti-homosexual views.
CBS News reports that a video has surfaced of Mateen explaining that he was "not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people," talking about his son. The father explained that he was saddened by such actions, as they were carried out during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
He adds in the video: "God will punish those involved in homosexuality," saying, it's "not an issue that humans should deal with." more >>
Early Sunday, a man named Omar Mateen shot about 100 people in an Orlando gay nightclub with an assault rifle, killing half of them.
Mateen called 911 pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State, or ISIS, and was eventually killed by Orlando police in a firefight.
While Mateen clearly stated his loyalty to ISIS and the terrorist group itself has accepted responsibility for the shooting, other people have found themselves being thrown into the blame game as being in some way responsible for the violent anti-gay act. more >>
Every time a vicious crime is committed against a group of LGBT people or a natural disaster befalls a Gay Pride event, my ears are pained by senseless explanations offered by religious yet graceless voices.
Most Christians mourn and weep over these tragedies, but I always hear a few Bible Belt dwellers claiming "the heathen" got what they deserved — that God smote the sodomites as they reveled in their sins. They recall biblical stories like Sodom and Gomorrah and almost excitedly proclaim that God is "still in the business of judging rebels!" There is no doubt in my mind that there are religious yet gospel-ignorant men and women sitting in their church pews as I write this article, feeling tempted to utter such insensitivities in the wake of the Orlando gay club shooting.
If you are one who is inclined to believe these gay club attendees got what was coming to them, I plead with you to consider the words of Jesus: more >>
Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old identified as the shooter who massacred at least 49 people at the popular gay Pulse nightclub in Orlando early Sunday, was an ISIS sympathizer upset by two gay men openly kissing and touching in front of his family.
Investigators are now trying to determine whether it was terrorism, a hate crime or a combined force of both triggers that pushed the man who lived in a modest two-bedroom condominium in Fort Pierce, Florida, over the edge.
Early Sunday, an American-born man pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State and proceeded on gunning down people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Fifty people are already confirmed dead. The tragedy has been considered as the deadliest mass shooting in the United States since the September 11 terror attack in 2001.
CNN reported that the gunman, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, was already on terrorist watch as he was interviewed by the FBI in 2013 and 2014. However, he was not found as a threat and was released by the officials. more >>
Christian leaders mourned the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history and expressed sympathy for the gay community, the target of the Orlando shooting suspect, Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, who had been interviewed twice in 2013 and 2014 by FBI for alleged "terrorist ties" and swore allegiance to the Islamic State minutes before the massacre.
"Let's call our congregations to pray together. Let's realize that, in this case, our gay and lesbian neighbors are likely quite scared. Who wouldn't be?" Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote on his blog.
"Demonstrate the sacrificial love of Jesus to them. We don't have to agree on the meaning of marriage and sexuality to love one another and to see the murderous sin of terrorism," Moore added. more >>