June 15, 2016


Did Islamic State's Claiming of the Orlando Shooting Come Out Too Soon? (The Associated Press, Jun 14, 2016)

[M]ateen's messy life shows the hazards for an extremist group that hinges its credibility on its faith. Pulse customers have described him as a regular at the gay nightclub, someone who drank heavily and could be disruptive when intoxicated. Islamic State has reserved one of its most gruesome methods of killing for suspected gays -- throwing them to their death from rooftops. Alcohol is banned in the group's territory, and anyone caught with it gets whipped, lashed or fined.

"ISIS is under pressure, hence more willing to take the risk of being proven wrong," said Michael Horowitz, a senior analyst with the Levantine Group, using an alternative acronym for the group. "By blindly claiming Mateen... ISIS loses control over the narrative, a control that has been a top priority for the group thus far."

Already, there was a backlash on Twitter following reports that Mateen was probably a closet gay who drank alcohol. Critics ridiculed the image of a homosexual Islamic State "soldier." Some colored the black ISIS flag with rainbow colors.

The Right can't discuss the case honestly because it interrupts their "every Muslim is a threat" narrative; the Left can't because it interrupts their "gay is the new normal" narrative.  Meanwhile, he was just a deeply disturbed individual, as all the evidence shows, no different than James Wesley Howell.

Did internalised homophobia spark Orlando nightclub attack? (Jasmine Taylor-Coleman, 6/15/16, BBC News)

[A]s more information emerges about the killer's history, a more complicated picture is developing. Witnesses said Mateen had visited the Pulse club as a guest several times over the past three years and interacted with men on gay dating apps. His ex-wife, Sitora Yusufiy, told CNN it was possible he had hidden feelings about being gay.

It has led experts to question whether the gunman was spurred on - at least in part - by a powerful self-loathing about his own sexuality. Could he have been driven to hate and hurt others because he hated himself?

"Although it is not common, it's not unheard of for people to be violent to other people who are LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) as part of overcompensating for something that they are struggling with themselves," says Genevieve Weber, who has specialised in counselling people affected by internalised homophobia and now teaches counselling at Hofstra University in New York.
"It's could be part of the notion, 'If I differentiate myself enough, I can't be gay'."

Posted by at June 15, 2016 12:34 PM