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Dave RubinDave RubinJun 12, 2016

Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You

Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.

50 innocent people are dead. Full stop. No need for questions or qualifications. This is abject horror on a scale that is becoming more and more common all over the globe from Paris to Brussels to Tel Aviv, and now Orlando. The more common it becomes the more dull we become to it. There is a new normal taking root and we must stop it now.

https://www.allthink.com/i/5C15D9EF1D851829457770752B2580D191AD4E8A5F9B7339D7C20FE4C5D3F6D9/image.png(Photo: Reuters)

OK, now let me pause, and once again, for roughly the billionth time say that not all Muslims are terrorists. Muslims are people, and often hold beliefs as varying and inconsistent as people of any other religion or creed. Islam is a religion, a book with words, that can be, and often is used, as an excuse to murder innocent people. There is a difference between people and ideas, and it's the people who act on bad ideas whom we must be concerned about. I know I won't get any credit from the far left who cry 'Islamophobia!' every time I critique this set of ideas like I do any other, but they haven't beaten me into submission yet.

For the record, the word 'Islamophobia' was made up by the Muslim Brotherhood and has no real world meaning. A phobia is an irrational fear. If you are gay or or Jewish or female or a non-believer, there is nothing irrational about fearing Islam. This is a set of ideas which would have you killed or subjugated in a myriad of ways if interpreted literally, which is exactly what's being done in many places throughout the world.

Imagine if there was a political party that believed in forcing women to dress head to toe, endorsed throwing gays off roofs, and killing apostates who left the party. Every sane person, both left and right in America, would be rightfully against this backwards ideology. Yet for some reason, as a religion, this set of ideas gets a pass. And not only does it get a pass, it gets handled with kid gloves, tacitly endorsed or intentionally obfuscated by Western intellectuals. Of course, irony being what it is, Radical Islam will come for these apologists right after they're done with the gays, the women, and the other assorted infidels.

Today is Gay Pride here in West Hollywood where I live. It is possibly the biggest, most over the top, raucous gay pride parade there is in the entire world. West Hollywood itself is thought of as a 'gay city' with our rainbow crosswalks and endless gay bars and establishments. I'm proud to live in a city that not only stands for my rights as a human being, but actively celebrates them. After I write this I'm heading to the parade to take part in what was intended to be a giant party, but today becomes an act of defiance. I will not sit quietly as backwards thinking and oppressive ideas take root in my city, my country, or my world. I will not be cowed by insincere cries of racism and bigotry when I stand up for the very liberal values that let me live as a free man. I will not be silenced out of fear of an ideology that would have me killed. I will not give an inch, because it will never stop taking.

I don't have the answer of how to stop Radical Islam and unlike most pundits on TV, online blowhards or Twitter warriors, I won't pretend to either. What I do know is that we must stand together to fight back an ideology that would happily send us back into the dark ages.

I hope, in the shadow of this monstrous event, that you too will take stock of the reality of the world as it is, not as you want it to be. It doesn't matter if you're black or white, Republican or Democrat, religious or atheist. The time to stand up for freedom is now. If you care about women, if you care about gays, if you care about free thinkers, or even if you only care about the ultimate minority, yourself, then you must fight for the right to live as a free human being.

The choice is yours.

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Ahnaf KalamAhnaf KalamJun 12, 20161,084 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.
@1337197 You've got it spot on, Dave. Well written. I was scrolling through the New York Times' coverage of this and had to stifle vomit from the comments section. People would rather believe that this is a false flag to incite hate against Muslims than have to address the homophobia of the Muslim world.
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@oliversi@oliversiJun 15, 2016272 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.
@1337197 I'm surprised the media does not tell what is obvious: we are at war with theocracy trying to stage a global counter revolution aganist human-made laws. And the Islamic State is theocracy's army. The attack on homosexuals shows it clearly. Homosexuality is blasphemy according to Islam, and Orlando was "gods punishment". It's that simple…
Why is the media trying to find other mysterious explanations, when it is obvious that religious motives were the reason why the killer punishied himself for his own homosexuality? By "saving his soul" being a martyr and punishing all around him?
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@ruth1940@ruth1940Jun 13, 2016354 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.
@1337197 Islam only directs that women dress modestly (as does the bible). I've met devout Muslim women who don't wear a scarf. But when mentally ill Xn shooters kill, the illness is blamed. Why doesn't the same thing apply here?

www.rt.com/usa/346456-orlando-shooter-wife-abuse

The source of the abuse of homosexuals is the same for all three Abrahamic religions:

skepticsannotatedbible.com/says_about/homosexua...
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@cowboypicayune@cowboypicayuneJun 16, 2016275 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.

@1337197 @daverubin

UGH! Au contraire and FOR THE RECORD, "The Muslim Brotherhood" DID NOT 'make up' the word "Islamophobia ". To say so is either ignorant or a lie. The word Islamophobia was coined by British intellectuals nearly 20 years ago -- at least 4 years before 9/11. How did this half-assed Op-ed ever clear the fact finder's desk?

It's a shame that Rubin discredits himself by perpetrating this laughable right-wing myth. It may be a sign of his intellectual laziness? I, for one, certainly hope not!

According to Bleich (2011), "In some senses, Islamophobia is a new word for an old concept. At least since the publication of Edward Said's Orientalism in the late 1970s, it has been widely accepted that 'the West' has long associated Islam with negative images, sentiments, and stereotypes (Said, 1978/1979, pp. 58-75). Yet Islamophobia only emerged in contemporary discourse with the 1997 publication of the report 'Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All' by the British race relations NGO the Runnymede Trust (1997)." middlebury.edu/media/view/361902/original/bleic...

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@cowboypicayune@cowboypicayuneJun 18, 2016237 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.
@1400263 @brianon

Fortunately, you don't get to decide whether Islamophobia is "a thing". For the record, Islamophobia has been studied empirically for nearly 20 years and was first proposed as a concept by British scholars. Which, if you spent just a fraction of the amount of time that you devote to sharing your knee-jerk paranoid reactions to actually checking reliable sources (e.g., PubMed, Google Scholar, PsychInfo) before uttering silly and provably untrue things, you would have already found numerous peer-reviewed scholarly articles on the topic. In sum, Islamophobia is as "real of a thing" as your clearly expressed paranoia and disdain for the religion of Islam.

Of course, this is your prerogative. Personally, I am am a skeptic. But that does not then mean I automatically discount the psychological and cultural reality of things that I do not share a similar belief in. By contrast, you're are committing the fallacy of confirmation bias by confusing your disdain for Islam with unscientific arguments that discredit the validity of the phenomena of Islamophobia. Your disdain for Islam and Islamophobia are not mutually exclusive concepts. Sadly, they too often, as evidenced by this petty conversation, covary.

"And so it goes..."

--Kurt Vonnegut

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SteersmanSteersmanJun 13, 2016605 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.

@1337197

I don't have the answer of how to stop Radical Islam and unlike most pundits on TV, online blowhards or Twitter warriors, I won't pretend to either.

Excellent post, and something that very much needed saying. But while I won't presume to insist on an answer to that question of yours, I might suggest a few facts and perspectives from those who have much greater knowledge of the issues than I do. First off there is this from a review (1) by Anthony Flew of Ibn Warraq's Why I'm Not a Muslim – highly recommended in itself:

"Why I am not a Muslim" … also makes a compelling case for the conclusion that Islam is flatly incompatible with the establishment and maintenance of the equal individual rights and liberties of a liberal, democratic, secular state.

And if that is in fact the case – as is the fact that, as many have argued, Muslims simply can't or won't integrate into Western democratic societies (2) – then one might suggest that the only reasonable solution is to consider banning Islam – as Angola reportedly considered (3) – and/or deporting those Muslims already in Western societies – as Greece did in 1923 (4).

Those are, maybe, overly draconian solutions. But it seems that, unless we want to see Orlando and Paris and Brussels as the "new normal taking root", we, as a society, have to give some serious thought to the causes of such horrors.

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1) "_https://web.archive.org/web/20160529034626/http://www.bharatvani.org/books/tfst/chiv3.htm";

2) "_http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/muslims-impossible-integrate--western-7195677";

3) "_https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO9m6OstwNo";

4) "_https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Population_transfer

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@shimafamily@shimafamilyJun 13, 2016709 views
Orlando Terror Attack is a Wake Up Call to Gays, Women, and You Ugh, where to begin on a day like this? Really there is no other way than just to flat out say what happened. A radical Islamist murdered at least 50 people and wounded over 50 others at a gay club in Orlando. In America. In 2016.
@1337197 "Besides, an airplane ride shouldn't be completely safe. You need a little danger in your life! What are you gonna do, play with your prick for another 30 years? Read People magazine and eat at Wendy's til the end of time? Take a fuckin' chance! And besides, if we made airplanes completely safe, the terrorists would simply start bombing other places that are crowded. Porn shops, crack houses, titty bars, and gangbangs. You know, entertainment venues. " - George Carlin, "You Are All Diseased"

On the recent terror attacks, I for one am enjoying how even though Carlin is dead, his words still ring loud and true.
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