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.
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.