ACLU To Christian Right-Wingers: ‘You Created Anti-Queer Sentiment’


Something truly miraculous has happened in the wake of the horrific Orlando nightclub shooting: Republicans suddenly give a crap about gays.

Omar Mateen, the murderer of 50 innocent people at a gay nightclub, is suspected to have “leanings toward extreme Islamic ideologies.” Multiple reports indicate that Mateen and his father harbored disgusting anti-homosexual attitudes, subscribing to extremist tenets of Islam. But ACLU lawyers are calling out right-wing Christians for fostering an environment hostile to gays.

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 You know what is gross — your thoughts and prayers and Islamophobia after you created this anti-queer climate,” ACLU staff attorney Chase Strangio tweeted on Sunday morning.

The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this,” Strangio tweeted.

Another ACLU attorney who specializes in religious liberty issues scolded Republican lawmakers who tweeted out their condolences.

Remember when you co-sponsored extreme, anti-LGBT First Amendment Defense Act?”the ACLU’s Eunice Rho tweeted at Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and other Republicans.

Indeed, conservatives have pandered to a great man card-carrying member of the Christian Taliban  For example, Ted Cruz and some of the kiddie table debating 2016 GOP hopefuls once spoke at a conference in Iowa put on by a Pastor Kevin Swanson, a man who advocated the execution of gay people. Proving to be the worst wedding planner ever, Swanson has said that Christians should attend gay weddings and hold up signs informing the gay couples that they “should be put to death.” Worse yet, he was a staunch proponent  of Uganda’s infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, which he saw as a model.

While it’s certainly true that homophobic Republicans have bashed gays into an oblivion and fought gay marriage every step of the way, it’s their unreasonable hatred of sensible gun control that should be lambasted. You know, like killing a law that bans terrorists from owning guns in the first place.

Calling out republican hypocrisy is always a good time and the ACLU certainly has a point, but perhaps they jumped the gun a little too soon.  What do you think?

Featured image via Crooks and Liars

 

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