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Thursday, June 16, 2016


The President visited Orlando today with a plea to stop gun violence. Laudable. But missing the real point somehow. The deranged shooter pledged allegiance to Isis before his horrific rampage.

This callous, murderous rampage wasn't random and I don't think it can be viewed as merely the act of a crazed homophobe either. There was definitely a cultural if not a theological component, a fact that liberals are loathe to admit for some reason.

The senseless and brutal tragedy was the result of an ideological war between the west and radical Islam. The unfortunate victims were in no way responsible and deserved better. To view it through all of these other lenses to fit your favorite narrative is myopic and intellectually dishonest.

There is a common thread that links San Bernardino, Boston, Chattanooga, Orlando and Ft. Hood and it is no way coincidental. And its not the fact that the perps of these disgusting acts were all brunettes.

Tell me, when exactly in the last 1300 years has the religion of peace actually been one? The killing started in about 621. A mere look at the daily, violent internecine struggles between its own factions and adherents, let alone us kafirs and nonbelievers leads me to the unfortunate belief that violence and desensitization is somehow woven into the religion's followers' DNA.

True, he was not an immigrant or refugee. Like many of the other islamic terrorist perpetrators, he was homegrown. In my mind that makes matters even worse. A man who would not allow his wife to drive, who hated the freedoms granted in the west, anathema in his father's native land. Obviously certain creeds are proving impossible to integrate into the western model.

What's the answer? I have no idea. But I do know that we have to keep our eyes open and be willing to be honest with ourselves about the essential nature of the threat.

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