American Civil Liberties Union attorney Chase Strangio tweeted something profound about the Christian right following Sunday’s Orlando terrorism attack. The lawyer addressed the U.S. Christian Right’s recent legal moves against the LGBT community in America. According to Chase, when a group of people work so diligently to oppress the LGBT community, they can’t blame Islam for an act of terrorism against the very group they’ve fought so hard to oppress.
In a nutshell, Chase Strangio addressed the Christian Right’s habit of pushing anti-LGBT legislation in America. He also called out the hypocrisy of blaming Islam for something that the U.S. Christian Right does on a daily basis in this country. “The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No.”
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The American Civil Liberties Union lawyer’s tweet has now gone viral, and as Equality Now reports, the tweet and Sunday’s blatant discrimination against the LGBT community in America has sparked an instant debate on where we go from here.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s response to the Christian Right and the Orlando terrorism has spawned a discussion regarding a “medically necessary” ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Check out a discussion between Equality Now and Hannah Willard of Equality Florida by Equality Now’s Amy Goodman.
According to Willard, after Sunday’s horrific and unprecedented attack on the LGBT community in the U.S., her organization, moved quickly to ensure that those emotionally impacted by the Orlando terrorism could access grief counseling immediately. The organization also put the call out for people to donate blood.
“The best tangible next step that folks can take is to teach our children to treat each other with dignity and respect, to treat those whom they don’t understand with empathy and compassion. That’s how we build a Florida where every single child growing up knows that they are celebrated and valued for exactly who they are, no matter who they love. And that’s the Florida that I want to see.”
When the subject of gay/bisexual gun donors came up, it was mentioned that in the wake of the call to donate blood in Orlando, major lines were seen throughout the city.
“Well, if there was ever a time when this ban was seen as the discriminatory and unnecessary thing that it is, it’s now more than ever. This ban has been debunked as medically unnecessary, as discriminatory.”
As The Daily Wire reports, the American Civil Liberties Union has come straight out and blamed the American Christian Right for the Orlando terrorism that took the lives of over 50 people early Sunday morning. Eunice Hyon Min Rho, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union directly blamed U.S. conservatives for the Orlando terrorist attack and “slandered” Christian Right-wing lawmakers who expressed belated sympathy for the Orlando massacre shooting victims.
“Eunice Hyon Min Rho, who specializes in election and religious liberty law, impugned the motives of Republican lawmakers who expressed sympathy for the victims, by pointing out many were sponsors of the First Amendment Defense Act, legislation the ACLU considers anti-LGBT.”
The America Civil Liberties Union attorney reportedly called “expressions of solidarity” in the wake of the Orlando terrorism “useless.” This is because, she said, many of the victims of the Orlando terrorim were “people of color,” people regularly ignored and stigmatized by the Christian Right in America and in American politics.
The American Civil Liberties Union lawyer reportedly said that she believed that the Christian Right in America wold use the details of an LGBT tragedy in order to pursue an “anti-Muslim agenda,” which has undeniably been happening since the news of the Orlando terrorism broke.
It has been reported that the American Civil Liberties Union lawyer who blamed the American Christian Right for the Orlando terrorist attacks, Eunice Hyon Min Rho, has deleted her social media account after her condemnation.
Some are still blaming radical Islam for the Orlando attacks because of the shooter’s admitted ties to ISIS. However, the shooter’s own father has reported that his son shot over 100 people due to homophobia, not because of his religion.
President Obama is being criticized publicly for refusing to blame the terrorism on “radical Islam,” choosing rather to address the lack of gun control in the United States.
The Orlando shooter reportedly got his hands on a legally obtained assault rifle just days before the attacks, despite being on an FBI watch-list.
What do you think? Were Sunday’s anti-LGBT attacks the result of radical Islam or the American Christian Right? Even if the suspect was inspired by Islam, is the American Christian Right any worse when so many of its own condone the violence? Is the American Civil Liberties Union showing uncommon bravery for pointing the finger at America’s Christian right?
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