Disarming the hatred of Orlando
June 13, 2016 – Daily News Briefing
In the Islamic State, gay men have been executed by being thrown off buildings. Others have been stoned as crowds cheered.
“In my society, being gay means death,” one Iraqi who escaped from Islamic State control told a United Nations panel.
But in the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in American history – in which a man who pledged allegiance to ISIS killed 50 at a gay club in Orlando. Fla., Sunday – Hassan Shibly offered a starkly different view.
The executive director of the Florida branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations told the Los Angeles Times that, in America, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community has stood at the forefront of the fight against Islamophobia.
“The reality is, we both have the same enemies that promote fear and hate against us, and that have targeted both communities for violent acts,” Mr. Shibly said.
Now, he said, the Muslim community will return the support.
That, we can be sure, was not what the terrorist intended to accomplish.