Florida, USA. Orlando has been shocked by a deadly attack in Ramadan month. A Muslim man with an automatic gun and a handgun killed 50 and wounded 53 others inside the nightclub. The Pulse nightclub was packed with more than 300 people at the time. The event is recognized as a deadliest mass shooting in US history. What can we learn from this tragic event?
Omar Mateen, 30, born in US and US citizen, born to Afghan parents, while he was locking up hostages, he communicated by phone with police on a number of occasions. He swore his connection to the Islamic State (IS) terror group that has claimed several deadly attacks around the world in recent months, including the Paris attacks in November 2015 and Brussels several months later. And an FBI spokesman confirmed that a call to police in which a “general connection to the Islamic State” was made. In the same day the IS claimed responsibility for the guy nightclub. Omar got kill by a SWAT team after exchanged fires.
Omar Mateen had been interview by FBI twice before, in 2013 & 2014.
Omar’s father, Siddique, in speaking to NBC news said: “This had nothing to do with religion,” adding that his son “got very angry when he saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago.”
Sitora Yusufiy, ex-wife of Omar commands of the shooting: “When he was angry, he would sometimes rant about homosexuals. In those moments of emotional instability, he would express his anger towards [a] certain culture, homosexuality, because in Islamic culture, it is not really tolerated, homosexuality. And I know at the time he was trying to get his life straight and follow his faith.” She divorced him in 2011, after got much biting and controlled by Omar.
In 2013 at the Husseini Islamic Center in the Orlando suburb of Sanford, Florida, in 2013, Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar, an Islamic scholar, was preaching death to homosexuals, as shown in this video: Gays must die, says Muslim at Orlando mosque. http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/gays-must-die-says-muslim-at-orlando-mosque/ “Death is the sentence. We know there’s nothing to be embarrassed about this, death is the sentence.” He continued, “We have to have that compassion for people, with homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”
Here are some responds from political and religious leaders about the massacre in Orlando:
President Barack Obama: the massacre was an “act of terror” and “act of hate. “In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another. We will not give in to fear and turn against each other,” he said.
Hillary Clinton, the Democratic front runner: “As we wait for more information,” she tweeted, “my thoughts are with those affected by this horrific act.”
Bernie Sanders, also a Democratic front runner: calls the killer as “criminal” and “mentally ill.” “We have got to do everything that we can … to make sure that guns do not fall into the hands of those who should not have them: criminals, people who are mentally ill.
Pope Francis I: his “deepest horror and condemnation” and “homicidal folly and senseless hatred”
Donald Trump, a Republican nominee for a USA’s president: “In his remarks today, President Obama disgracefully refused to even say the words ‘Radical Islam,’” Trump wrote in his Twitter. “For that reason alone, he should step down. If Hillary Clinton, after this attack, still cannot say the two words ‘Radical Islam’ she should get out of this race for the Presidency.”
Dan Patrick, a Texas’s lieutenant governor: just hours after he seemed to suggest that the victims were responsible for their own deaths: “Do not be deceived,” he tweeted, citing Galatians chapter 6, verse 7. “God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”
Ted Cruz, the Texas senator: “Democrats will try to use this attack to change the subject. As a matter of rigid ideology, far too many Democrats – from Barack Obama to Hillary Clinton – will refuse to utter the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.'”
“They will claim this attack, like they claimed every previous attack, was isolated and had nothing to do with the vicious Islamist theology that is daily waging war on us across the globe,” “And they will try to exploit this terror attack to undermine the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms of law-abiding Americans.” Cruz said “enough is enough” and called for Democrats and Republicans to join forces, “abandon political correctness,” and defeat jihadists.
What can we learn from this tragic event? And what do we tell about it to our communities and children? Does this mass murder in Orlando Florida just about anti-homosexual? Or the rise and a danger of Islam fundamentalism in US? Or just about gun control? Or is this simply because the people of United State of America have abandoning their faith to the God of Abraham, the faith of their funding fathers, as Carman, the Christian American singer says in his song: “We Need God in America Again!”
To all parties, the people who lost their love ones, to all Muslims who are struggling to live in Western Countries, and the rest of us, this advice of Yeshua Messiah may help all of us how to live in perfect peace harmony in this world:
“Come to Me, all you who labour and are burdened, and I shall give you rest.“ Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart, and you shall find rest for your beings. For My yoke is gentle and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, TS)
- Orlando shooting exposes so many of America’s faultlines http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2016/jun/12/orlando-shooting-reaction-us-gun-laws-islam-homophobia
- Here’s why Obama does not refer to ‘radical Islamic terrorism’ https://www.yahoo.com/news/heres-why-obama-does-not-refer-to-radical-islamic-terrorism-203120388.html
- Orlando Shooter’s Ex-Wife: ‘This Was a Sick Person’ https://www.yahoo.com/gma/orlando-shooters-ex-wife-sick-person-015223422–abc-news-topstories.html
- Ted Cruz delivers strong message to ‘Democrats who are loud champions of the gay and lesbian community’ https://amp.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-statement-orlando-shooting-2016-6
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