The killer, 29-year-old Omar Mateen
Once again Islamic jihad strikes again… this time at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. What are the political correctness preachers and police saying about it? Nothing! Apart from the death toll being 50 they haven’t said anything about the culprit’s being Muslim or even of his name. Yet meanwhile these same people at large will the point the finger at religious Christians for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple or for legislating against gay “marriage”.
When it comes to the right to life which even gays have, the political correctness crowd is largely silent. I say “political correctness crowd” instead of specifically “the left” because I have seen numerous people on the right advocate for gay “marriage” and vilify Christians who oppose it. Then, when the same Christians criticize Islam or specifically Sharia law on the topic of homosexuality, the same politically correct people call these Christians “Islamophobes”, “bigots”, “hate-mongers”, “fear-mongers”, “zealots”, “xenophobes” and even “racists”. The insults never end.
I chose the name of this article as “Islamic Homophobia” because it perfectly fits as an alternative to the secularist claims to “Christian Homophobia”. Not only is it practically unheard of for a Christian to go on a shooting spree at a gay pride parade, rally or gay bar or nightclub, but Christianity has no similar law on homosexuality as Islam has. What I mean is Christianity does not decree that gays must be put to death; Islam does.
“The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If you find anyone doing as Lot’s people did, kill the one who does it, and the one to whom it is done.” (Sunan Abu Dawud 38:4447)
The political correctness police will tell you the Bible says the same thing (rf. Leviticus 20:13), which it does. However, just because it’s in the Bible does not mean it reflects Christianity. The Catechism states that Christianity “is not a ‘religion of the book'” (n. 108) in that Christianity is not built specifically on everything in the Bible. Let’s also remember context; God spoke here to the ancient Israelites in a more primitive time where they did not know how to deal with such vices. Even the most orthodox Jews at large (who don’t recognize the New Covenant) don’t advocate the killing of homosexuals. We Christians know (or should know) that the killing of homosexuals for the sin of homosexual acts is not an act of mercy; we are no longer bound by the judicial law but are under the law of grace as Jesus Christ has won atonement for us and our sins on the Cross and which such atonement is made ready for us in the Sacraments, namely Baptism, Holy Eucharist, Confession and Extreme Unction. Some Christian legalists (and there are some) do advocate the killing of homosexuals; I have seen them say such things and they know who they are. Such individuals have taken mercy and evangelization out of their personal faith in favor of legalism and politicism; this of course is alien to Christianity which is about believing even the greatest sinner can repent.
Let our thoughts and prayers extend to the victims, their families and friends.