In the midst of an outpouring of solidarity, love, and shared grief around the world over the loss of so many lives in Orlando, Florida, there runs a river of poisonous hate through the United States. Images and hate-filled tweets will be behind the fold, because no one should have to see those unless they choose to do so. First up, and I know this will surprise no one at all, the Westboro clan had to jump right in, with an attempt to be as crass and disgusting as possible. I’d say they succeeded, but what makes me sick is the sense of glee they give off. Second is the story of a Florida Imam who offered condolences and praise for emergency workers was met with a great deal of bigotry and hate.
Trigger Warning: extreme hate, bigotry, and sheer ugliness behind the fold.
Is there a line the Westboro Baptist Church won’t cross? Not yet, apparently.
The anti-LGBT church responded to the Orlando shootings in a series of tweets and shared a link to a parody song it created called “Shooters Keep Comin’ Around.” It is a parody of a popular song called “Pompeii” by the English indie rock band Bastille.
The Westboro Baptist Church changed the lyrics from the original song in its parody version into:
“I ain’t gonna be an optimist / You were caught up and lost in rage and more crisis / Marry fags as the blood flowing around you / And the shooters keep coming around in the cities that you love / Much blood flowing in the streets bringing God’s wrath from above /And then he blinds your eyes…”
The song was linked in one of multiple tweets the anti-LGBT group wrote in response to the shootings Sunday. “God Sent the Shooter to Orlando Fag Club,” Westboro tweeted.
In another tweet, the congregation wrote, “Adds a whole new meaning to fag chant, ‘We’re #1, we’re #1!’ in response to a tweet from CNN that reads “50 dead in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.”
A Florida Imam who went on CNN Sunday morning to express condolences to the victims and families of the horrific shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando is now on the receiving end of threats and attacks on social media.
At a press conference, Muhammad Musri, the President of the Islamic Society of Central Florida, disavowed contact with 29-year-old Omar Mateen and praised emergency workers.
“No one could have predicted this. It’s like lightening. It can strike anywhere,” he stated. “They did a marvelous job and we are glad the situation is under control. This shooter is not connected with other people, so citizens should continue to feel safe.”
On Twitter and Facebook, Musri wrote: “On behalf of American Muslims, I want to express our outrage and shock of the mass shooting in DT Orlando, FL. Our thoughts and prayers are with victims & their families.”
Respondents on Twitter did not share the sentiment, with one commenter telling him, “Leave the USA.”
There’s more at Raw Story. I don’t have the heart to write more.
Kristin Becker has an excellent column about the whole thing:
This is the trickle-down hate effect. Many of this country’s lawmakers have spent the last year spending our tax dollars to push anti-LGBTQ legislation through their respective state governments. One after another, laws aimed to de-humanize the LGBTQ community were brought forth under the guise of “religious freedom.” There will be many right-wing Christians who will jump to the front and say, “The shooter was Muslim!”
The man who pulled the trigger might have identified as Muslim, and a perversion of Islam even so, but Christian rhetoric really killed 50 people on Sunday — the fruit of the last two years of conservative vitriol lays on an Orlando dance floor this morning, covered in innocent blood.