The Islamist War on Gays Comes to America

The Islamist War on Gays Comes to America, by James Kirchick. The mass murder in Orlando wasn’t a random display of ‘hate.’ It is an expression of a repugnant political philosophy that targets women, Jews, and gays.

Around the world, homosexuality is punishable by death in 10 countries, nine of which are dominated by Islamists (the exception, Nigeria, has a strong Islamist current). …

Yet while the Islamist war on homosexuality may be unambiguous, many of my gay brothers and sisters have difficulty acknowledging the nature of the threat. Like Jews, we have a natural impulse to sympathize with other minority groups. That’s a laudable instinct. But divorced from reality and an appreciation for nuance, it can become remarkably pigheaded, not to mention suicidal. Particularly when, nearly everywhere it rules, one “minority” group (in the American context) oppresses all others. …

In the aftermath of yesterday’s shooting, many gays, following the lead from liberal commentators and political leaders from the president of the United States on down, are trying to diminish Islam as a factor in the killing. … The fact, however, is that while Islam certainly doesn’t have a monopoly on homophobia, it does have a majority market share on its murderous variety.

Another dodge employed by many gays and liberals, in addition to downplaying Islam, is to focus ire on the gun rights movement. As the casualties were still being counted, Democratic partisans took to Twitter singling out the National Rifle Association rather than ISIS as being responsible for the attack; Media Matters for America even cited an NRA official referring to Caitlyn Jenner as “he” as somehow relevant to the tragedy. …

Are the partisan tweeters purposefully dense? They are. Denouncing hatred, guns and evangelical Christians is easier, not to mention more intellectually comforting, than confronting the dangers of a new-old form of religious obscurantism adhered to by untold millions of people who belong to groups that we — not they — have positioned as benign objects of our well-meaning attempts at equalitarian uplift. …

Yesterday’s massacre also complicates a fashionable leftist critique of American foreign policy, which is that the Islamist terrorism directed against the West is the result of our bad behavior overseas. … This has always been a morally obtuse theory, and, if there’s any silver lining to yesterday’s attack, it’s that the butchery of gay people enjoying their freedom by an Islamist fanatic will hopefully shame the cretins who regularly take to the airwaves and newspaper opinion sections to hawk such reprehensible claims. What does Glenn Greenwald think Americans should have done to avert this latest Islamist outrage? Shoot our own gays?

Interesting that several articulate gays “came out” immediately with realistic articles decrying the blindness of PC policies. Imagine the PR talent that would come our way if the gays split off from the PC crew, in order to survive the Islamic threat.