Conservatives are cherry-picking this weekend’s tragedy in Orlando for the ‘lessons’ that fit their agenda, and that’s twisting them into knots. (More)

“Radical Islam”

In his statement yesterday, presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump blamed “Radical Islam” and insisted President Obama and Hillary Clinton should “step down” unless they “name” that enemy. But Breitbart blogger Milo admits the wingnut truth: by “radical Islam” they mean all Muslims. Simply, conservatives want to wage war on almost one-quarter of the human population in what they insist is a “clash of civilizations.”

“Using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective”

For example, John Podhoretz is outraged that President Obama called the attack “an act of terror,” without specifying the attacker’s religion:

He called it “terror,” which it is. But using the word “terror” without a limiting and defining adjective is like a doctor calling a disease “cancer” without making note of the affected area of the body — because if he doesn’t know where the cancer is and what form it takes, he cannot attack it effectively and seek to extirpate it.

And Matthew Hennessey wants to unleash an FBI-led Kristallnacht against American Muslims:

I have a different idea. I think it’s well past time that we took off the gloves. Let the FBI surveil the mosques. Let the NYPD surveil the mosques. Let these agencies do what needs to be done without fear of offending the ACLU, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or the self-loathing secular liberals whose first thought when they hear about attacks like this is, “Oh, no. This will help Trump.”

“Employers fail to discipline Muslims”

Meanwhile, Florida Today prints an unsubstantiated accusation

A former Fort Pierce police officer who once worked with 29-year-old Omar Mateen, the assailant in an Orlando nightclub shooting that left at least 50 dead, said he was “unhinged and unstable.”

Daniel Gilroy said he worked the 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift with G4S Security at the south gate at PGA Village for several months in 2014-15. Mateen took over from him for a 3 to 11 p.m. shift.

Gilroy, a former Fort Pierce police officer, said Mateen frequently made homophobic and racial comments. Gilroy said he complained to his employer several times but it did nothing because he was Muslim.

… that Rich Lowry treats as not merely a fact but proof of a widespread practice

[A] former cop who worked a security job with Mateen says he was a creep and believes his conduct got a pass for the usual reason.

prompting Paul Mirengoff to demand an inquiry into whether Muslims are too protected from religious discrimination:

We hear plenty of talk, much of it uncorroborated, about discrimination against Muslims, especially following terrorist attacks. Indeed, soon after the attacks on 9/11, the EEOC launched an initiative to counter what it expected to be a backlash in the form of employment discrimination.

It wouldn’t be surprising if some employers fail to discipline Muslims who would be punished but for their religion, due to a combination of political correctness and fear of being sued. Nor would it be surprising if law enforcement agencies are reluctant to follow leads, or follow through on them, for similar reasons.

I hope the Orlando murders will prompt a inquiry into the extent to which the latter phenomenon exists.

Note that, until the horrible murders, the gunman had done nothing but make hateful comments … which conservatives insist should be protected as ‘religious freedom’ for Christians. Indeed conservatives insist Christians should have the ‘religious freedom’ to violate anti-discrimination laws against LGBTs

“Gays and lesbians have been inculcated with values that place Christians in their enemy’s camp”

… people whom Erick Erickson says should look to armed Christians for protection against Muslims:

Gays and lesbians have been inculcated with values that place Christians in their enemy’s camp. The Bible, Christianity, and those who seem to want to limit marriage, military service, and other things the LGBT political agenda wants to claim for themselves to traditional roles and morals have been the boogeyman for decades. Muslims oppose most Christian moral agendas, which makes sense if you consider that Muslims believe in polygamy.
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American Christians may not agree with the LGBT political agenda. I certainly do not. But I do value their lives, because they are precious to God, and therefore to me. Their lives are not precious to radical Islamists. Contrary to everything the gay community believes, they will have no greater friend in this battle of ideology than American Christians.

That’s right. LGBTs “have been inculcated” with an apparently false “values” that say homophobic Christians despise them. LGBTs should ignore the fact that homophobic Christians are still fighting to deny them marriage and even the use of public restrooms … because one homophobic Muslim went on a murderous rampage.

Never mind that a homophobic Christian white man from Indiana tried to go on his own murderous rampage at the Los Angeles Pride Parade. Never mind that a homophobic Christian pastor in Orlando praised the murders, as did the homophobic Christian Lt. Gov of Texas, until he realized that wasn’t going to play as well as he hoped.

And Erickson, perhaps unwittingly, makes that point chillingly clear:

The LGBT community does deserve our special protection. Not against Christians, however. They deserve protection against Muslims who follow an evil ideology sprung from their holy books.

Christians, you see, must be allowed to exclude, demean, and humiliate LGBTs – with immunity from law or by force of law itself – as a matter of “religious freedom.” LGBTs deserve no protection from that. But on the off-chance that another homophobic Muslim might attack LGBTs – before another homophobic Christian gets around to it – LGBTs should “choose very carefully” and join with Christians in a global war against “radical Islam,” by which Christians really mean all Islam. Because “Jesus loves them.” LGBTs, that is. Not Muslims.

If I twisted myself in that many knots, I’d strangle on own my tail. Just sayin’.

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