ACLU Attorneys Blame Christians for Muslim’s Orlando Massacre

This column by ACRU Senior Fellow Robert Knight was published June 14, 2016 by ACRU.

Applying former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s famous admonition to never let a crisis go to waste, two American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorneys are blaming Christian political activism for a Muslim extremist’s killing of 49 people and wounding 53 at an Orlando homosexual nightclub.

“These ACLU lawyers have sunk to a new low,” said Susan A. Carleson, chairman/CEO of the American Civil Rights Union, a conservative group that opposes the ACLU’s radical agenda. “Caught between a rock and a hard place, they are defending the indefensible by shifting the blame to an innocent community.”

Termed the worst shooting in U.S. domestic history and the worst terrorist attack since Sept. 11, 2001, the hour-long shooting spree and hostage standoff early Sunday morning beginning at 2 a.m. ended after a police SWAT team killed the gunman, Omar Mateen. Mr. Mateen called 911 after the shooting began, pledged allegiance to ISIS and cited the Tsarnaev brothers’ Boston Marathon deadly bombing in 2013.

In news reports of the aftermath, witnesses said that Mateen had himself frequented the Pulse gay club, where the shootings took place, and had used a gay dating app.

Yet, as reported by Kevin Daley of the, “Chase Strangio, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT and AIDS Project, claimed the social and political environment cultivated by Christian conservatives in recent months was to blame for the shooting…. The Tweet: “The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No. #PulseNightclub —- Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 12, 2016.”

In the, writer Rick Moran commented, “I would love to know how Barrister Strangio defines ‘anti-LGBT bills.’ I bet it’s not quite the same definition we would use.

“But he’s right. Why blame Islam when Christians throw gays off the top of buildings, burn them alive, throw them in jail… oh, wait. Fact is, Strangio is an ignoramus if he can’t figure out for himself that many Muslims don’t need an excuse to murder gay people.”

Here’s more from the Daily Caller:

“Strangio also called for solidarity between American Muslims and LGBT communities, arguing both are maligned and oppressed by the religious right….

“Another ACLU attorney, 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.

“She further characterized expressions of solidarity as ‘useless,’ as many of the victims could be people of color, who she contends are regularly stigmatized by Republican legislators. Little demographic data is currently available about the victims, as many have not yet been identified. She went on to retweet a user who claimed many public officials would use the auspices of an LGBT tragedy to pursue an ‘anti-Muslim agenda.’

“The ACLU did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.”
Here’s a final comment from Rick Moran’s AmericanThinker posting: “People of color are ‘regularly stigmatized’ by Republicans? Now there’s a gratuitous smear. Define ‘regularly’ and tell us how the GOP ‘stigmatizes’ minorities. It sounds real good but ends up being an empty political hack job.

“That’s the problem with using a tragedy to attack your political opponents. People just might ask you to prove your attacks. And when you can’t, you look not only silly, but morally corrupt….

“It’s telling that this came from those associated with the ACLU, who, more than any other organization, has put roadblocks in the way of the government to keep us safer. They are absolutists —- besotted with ideology and hatred, who feel no compunction about actively assisting the enemies of the U.S.”