In their quest to blame the Orlando Pulse nightclub massacre on anything except Islam, homophobia became the cause of choice among many liberals.It made sense: the shooter did attack a gay nightclub after all. And it wouldn’t be a stretch to suppose the shooter had homophobic views; his father even indicated that he did. Even if we were to accept that homophobia motivated the massacre, no one seemed curious to uncover the source of the homophobia. The Quran, perhaps?
Like most liberal narratives, the one that Omar Mateen targeted Pulse because it was a gay club has fallen like a house of cards. According to the Washington Post:The FBI has found no evidence so far that Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded more than 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, chose the popular establishment because of its gay clientele, U.S law enforcement officials said.
“While there can be no denying the significant impact on the gay community, the investigation hasn’t revealed that he targeted Pulse because it was a gay club,” a U.S. law enforcement official said.
The assessment is based on interviews and an examination of his computer and other electronic media.After the attack, speculation surfaced that Mateen was gay as people came forward to say they had seen him at the club previously and had contact with him on gay dating apps. One man told the Spanish-language television network Univision that he had slept with Mateen.
Even Mateen’s first wife, Sitora Yusufiy, raised the possibility that Mateen was possibly gay but conceded it was a suspicion and nothing more. His current wife did not think he was gay, according to a person familiar with the case.
The FBI, however, has been unable to verify that Mateen used gay dating apps and instead has found evidence that Mateen was cheating on his wife with other women.Officials said there is nothing to suggest that he attempted to cover up his tracks by deleting files. They also added he did not make gay slurs during the shooting spree inside the club, based on witnesses.
Yet another attempt by our elected officials to propagate a false narrative bites the dust. The sad thing is now that this attack has relatively faded into the background — with fresh new tragedies to steal the spotlight — the seeds of this false attempt to take the focus off radical Islam has already taken root.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]