There’s a flare up in discussion of the recent Orlando massacre because Hillary Clinton has used the term “radical Islam”. This may be an unpopular sentiment with those on the far left – which includes myself – but I agree. This was an act of radical Islam.
The question is whether this qualifies as a Muslim doing Muslim things. And yes, it is.
But people who shoot abortion providers are Christians doing Christian things.
Men who refuse to grant their wives divorces and make their lives a living hell are Jews doing Jewish things.
Buddhists killing Muslims in Burma are Buddhists doing Buddhist things.
These people may be fringe, but they are still a part of these communities, and these communities still hold tenets that justify these acts.
And you know what else? After all of this shit people who show up at random school campuses and open fire are Americans doing American things. The law is our scripture and by not reassessing gun laws it is reinforcing and reaffirming this sort of gun use as American.
So yeah, this was an act of radical Islam. It was also a pretty fucking American thing to do. This time it was an act perpetrated by someone who qualifies as “other” in most people’s eyes but whatever group you don’t consider “other”, they’ve probably killed people in ‘legitimate’ ways.
You want to clean this shit up? Good. We need to. But that means cleaning house, too. And it’s a global house. Because the mess is that fucking planet sized.