Westboro Baptists And Other Radical Christians Endorse ISIS/ Mass Shooting In Orlando

It comes as no surprise at all, but it must be pointed out –Radical Christians are on the same side with ISIS and other Islamic radicals in their pursuit of random acts of violence in America. June 17, 2015 of last year saw another mass shooting (one of hundreds that happened as the months went by), when nine were killed at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. Westboro Baptist church, one of the premiere extremist radical Christian organizations, saw fit to blame the shooting on support for Hillary Clinton by the church members –an approach that seems to nicely fit with how Donald Trump is responding today.

See Westboro’s Twitter post from last year below:

They picketed with signs reading, “God sent the shooter.” This June, they are using the same signs to say that God personally orchestrated the shooting at the Orlando Florida gay nightclub. They go so far as to say that, “God is your Terrorist!”

Westboro’s Twitter post from June 13 below:

The shooter, Omar Mateen, was American-born in New York, but would later pledge allegiance to extremist religious group ISIS. He didn’t seem to be particularly religious, according to his family, but may have been suffering from bipolar disorder. He had been interviewed by the FBI twice – once in 2013 and once in 2014, but found not to be a threat. Nevertheless, he fell into the trap of extremist thinking.

Using the hallmark warped logic that extremists do, Westboro claims that the Christian God sent an Islamic terrorist to perpetrate the largest mass shooting in America so far, while also conveniently adding that Omar Mateen was following a false religion and is therefore in Christian hell now.

Westboro’s Twitter post from June 13 below:

Somehow the Westboro God, in His infinite wisdom, causes all terrorist acts, no matter if Christian or Islamic? Wrap your head around that one…

Westboro has released videos to YouTube, narrated by Benjamin Phelps, eldest grandson of the late Fred Phelps. They use verses from the Bible to sanction terrorist actions as carried out by the Christian God.

The apparent allegiance of the church to terrorist organization, ISIS, while smugly noting that they are all going to hell, has resulted in a petition to the White House to investigate Westboro for giving support to a terrorist organization. You can sign the petition here.

Under 18 U.S.C. 2339B, any person who gives “material support” to a “designated foreign terrorist organization”, of which IS is one, knowing that group is engaged in “terrorism,” may be imprisoned up to 20 years, or if the death of a person results, up to life in prison. Probable cause exists that Westboro did provide “material support”; for IS by endorsing its actions, and giving IS “aid and comfort.” The President should direct the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the WBC, and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.

The tragedy in Orlando is just one more extremist act designed to cause division among Americans. Homegrown extremists embrace the acts of extremists overseas because they are exactly the same, though officially, they still claim each other as enemies for their particular set of religious dogma.  What is clear is that extremist ideology is toxic to people worldwide.

Rational people need to continue to denounce all forms of radical religious extremism, wherever it appears in the world. Radical Christian, or Radical Islam – they are using dogma to kill people. What’s worse, they are being aided by the Republican party and the NRA to have easy access to guns so they can be the next famous mass murderer. Omar Mateen should not have had such easy access to a semi-automatic AR-15, especially given the fact that he had been previously questioned by the FBI.

We should all send a loud message to them that we will not allow it any longer, by showing up to vote them out.

We will not be defined by a hateful shooter. We will be defined by how we support and love each other.
We will not be defined by a hateful shooter. We will be defined by how we support and love each other.

Featured image: Video screen grab, 50 People Killed In Orlando Club Shooting, Complex News

 

 

 

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Matthew Silvan is a gay man from the American South who has spent years fighting against the scapegoating and demonization imposed on the LGBT community by Republicans and religious hypocrites and zealots. His writing reflects the constant struggle to overcome the inequality and discrimination still rampant in America. He is an advocate for diversity and progress, with a passion for nature and preserving the environment, who also tends to approach things in a lighthearted way despite it all.

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