Some conservatives continue to find it mystifying that leftists refuse to criticize Islam, even in the wake of the deadliest mass shooting in American history perpetrated by ISIS sympathizer.
Omar Mateen, the terrorist shooter in the weekend massacre in Orlando, deliberately targeted a "gay" bar early Sunday morning when he went on a rampage that left 49 people dead and 53 others wounded. Speculation has been voiced that he may have been motivated by the Islamic teachings that call for the deaths of homosexuals.
Gary Bauer, chairman of the Campaign for Working Families PAC, says it's beyond him why radical left-wing groups choose to ignore the Islamic world's treatment of homosexuals – and women, as well.
"If, God forbid, the Islamist supremists ever bring down Western civilization, the first people who will be rounded up to be killed – in addition to Jews – will be sexual minorities, radical feminists, and their allies," he tells OneNewsNow.
Bauer argues that homosexual rights groups and Muslims – which are now well-identified voting constituencies for the political left – have absolutely nothing in common other than their disdain for American conservatives and Christians.
"It has been mystifying to see feminist groups that are pro-abortion verbally assaulting pro-life Christians for an alleged war on women," he remarks, "and at the same time [we can hear] a pin drop when it comes to criticizing the status of women in the Muslim world."
Placing the blame?
On the political side of the spectrum, a national defense analyst says the Obama administration – rather than blaming Islamic terrorists – is more likely to blame white supremists as the main radical group in the United States.
For example, on Tuesday President Obama – in a public update about the war on terrorism – angrily attacked those who have criticized him for refusing to use the terms "radical Islamic terrorism." He claimed that identifying terrorism with the Muslim religion wouldn't make any difference, that in fact it would fuel the notion among followers of the Islamic State group that the West hates Muslims.
"There's plenty of evidence that the federal government is purposely blinded to this radical ideology by virtue of the president's mandate," says Robert Maginnis, a senior fellow for national security at the Family Research Council.
"He specifically directed [to federal agencies] that you're not going to talk about Islamic influence on the war on terror. In fact, the Homeland Security people are likely to blame white supremists as being the main radical group in the United States, not Islamic terror. Clearly we're at war with Islamic terrorists."
What is needed, says Maginnis, is a new foreign policy – "a policy of aggressiveness; a policy of no tolerance for this type of behavior" – and a new president surrounded by advisors to help that president understand the complexities of the war on terror.
'A very hurting individual'
Since the shooting, information has surfaced that although Mateen had been married and fathered a child, he had strong homosexual leanings. Cord Cedeno told MSNBC he had contact with the shooter through homosexual hookup sites. "I recognized him from the apps, but I instantly blocked him because he was like very creepy in his messages and I blocked him immediately," he offered.
Christopher Doyle, a spokesman for Equality and Justice for All and a licensed professional counselor, has taken a look at information surfacing about Marteen.
"He comes from a very oppressive family and faith [where] he wasn't really able to discuss this issue or get help," Doyle tells OneNewsNow. "Then he goes into the gay bar, seemingly to get acceptance and love, and he's rejected there. So you're talking about a very hurting individual who really doesn't have a clear sense of his own identity."
And that, says the psychologist, makes it easy for that type of individual to be recruited into an extreme ideology.
"It's also important to recognize that hurting people hurt people," he continues, "that people don't fall into extremism and hate because they're inherently hateful people – [and] that had this young man had the right kind of love and support from his family and from his community ... perhaps it could have been avoided. And for that I grieve for his soul and his life."