Decades of Gay Bashing Hate Speech Did It

From Hank Plante,  The Desert Sun

Hate Speech Lit the Fuse

Every anti-gay politician, every bigoted preacher, every self-hating bully has blood on his hands. Make no mistake about it, the shooting in Orlando which targeted the LGBT community was the end result of decades of anti-gay hate speech and gay bashings.636013622630748828-TDSBrd-06-27-2015-DesertSun-1-A033--2015-06-26-IMG-IMG-Hank-Plante-1-1-1-1-1HB6JIH2-L634436182-IMG-IMG-Hank-Plante-1-1-1-1-1HB6JIH2.jpg

The shooter’s dad seems pretty bigoted about gays.  I’m pretty sure ‘bigoted preachers’ didn’t pass on anti-gay feelings to this guy in Sunday School.   Since he’s a Muslim.

Every time a politician or community leader has advocated second-class citizenship for gay Americans, it has given permission to the haters to strike out – in this case in a mass slaughter.

I think I know why he’s got to say ‘decades of anti-gay hate speech and gay bashings.  I’m having a hard time remembering when you would hear anti-gay slurs.  I know in high school you’d hear “that’s so gay,” as an insult.  That was a long time ago for me.  Plante reaches back farther with this:

The fact is, gays and lesbians are no strangers to violence. My friend David Mixner, a gay rights pioneer, reminded his Sunday readers on the site Towleroad of the 32 gay bar patrons who died in 1973 when someone fire-bombed the UpStairs Lounge in New Orleans. Mixner is right when he says, “Every one of us knows someone who has been gay bashed.”

I know the gay marriage, and now transgender bathroom controversies have put gay folks in the spotlight.  Still, I don’t know what Plante could be talking about. I’m sure you can’t walk anywhere you want, holding hands and kissing.  But is it physically dangerous to be gay?  Or is he talking about insults?

Plante, by the way is a gay journalist or as I like to say, journalist.

Is this an attempt to take this event and make it a political club?  Is it going to work?



An alternative view:

As if any more warning were needed, the United West warned in April 2016 about the Hussein Islamic Center in Sanford, FL that invited one Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, to speak during the 2016 month of Ramadan. Sekaleshfar, a Shi’ite cleric, has posted a number of his earlier lectures online. In one of them, from 30 December 2013, he spoke explicitly about the shariah obligation to impose the death sentence on homosexuals: “Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence … We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same, out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.” Please note that as a scholar of Shi’ite jurisprudence, Sekaleshfar cites here to the exact same shariah that holds homosexuality to be a capital crime in the Sunni schools of jurisprudence.


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