Lawyers at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) know exactly who's to blame for the terrorist attack carried out by a man who pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State during the massacre: “The Christian Right.”
Around 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old male born in New York to Afghan parents, murdered at least 49 people and injured 53 others at a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Mateen called 911 during the attack and pledged his allegiance to ISIS, according to CNN. Soon after, ISIS claimed credit for the attack via a news agency affiliated with the terror group.
Nonetheless, some ACLU lawyers leveled the blame at conservative Christians rather than radical Islam.
Chase Strangio, a staff ACLU attorney explicitly blamed “The Christian Right” and so-called “anti-LGBT” legislation for motivating Mateen’s actions. Islam, according to Strangio, was in no way to blame.
“The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No,” wrote the lawyer.
As reported by The Daily Caller, Eunice Hyon Min Rho, another lawyer for the ACLU, passed the blame onto conservatives and slandered Republican lawmakers who expressed sympathy for the innocent victims of the attack:
Eunice Hyon Min Rho, who specializes in election and religious liberty law, impugned the motives of Republican lawmakers who expressed sympathy for the victims, by pointing out many were sponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act, legislation the ACLU considers anti-LGBT.
She further characterized expressions of solidarity as “useless,” as many of the victims could be people of color, who she contends are regularly stigmatized by Republican legislators. Little demographic data is currently available about the victims, as many have not yet been identified.
The lawyer reportedly retweeted “a user who claimed many public officials would use the auspices of an LGBT tragedy to pursue an ‘anti-Muslim agenda.’”
Eunice Hyon Min Rho has since deleted her account.
The radical interpretation of Islam which has motivated so many to viciously kill innocents earned a pass from our Commander-in-Chief, as well. Following the attack, President Obama blamed “hate” and the lack of gun control legislation; as per usual, the words “radical Islam” did not leave his mouth.