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Right-Wing Media Use The Worst Anti-LGBT Massacre In American History To Lecture The LGBT Community

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Right-Wing Media Use The Worst Anti-LGBT Massacre In American History To Lecture The LGBT Community

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Published with permission from Media Matters for America.

Right-wing media personalities — each with their own records of anti-LGBT smears — used the June 12 Orlando massacre, in which a gunman wielding an assault weapon killed 49 people and injured 53 others at a gay nightclub, to lecture the LGBT community. The conservative media figures told them not to “focus on the gay community instead of the American community” and urged them to “come back home to the Republican Party.”

Numerous government officials and media outlets have identified the shooting as a hate crime. NBC News reported it was “both the deadliest terror attack inside the U.S. since 9/11 — and the deadliest hate crime against a gay target in American history.” CNN’s New Day devoted a segment to elevating LGBT voices in the wake of the massacre, where it was described as a hate crime. Both President Barack Obama and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton referred to the massacre as “an act of hate” against the LGBT community. Obama explained the significance that the attack occurred at a gay nightclub, calling it “a place of solidarity and empowerment,” while Clinton said, “We will keep fighting for your right to live freely, openly and without fear.”

Many right-wing media pundits, however, responded instead by lecturing members of the LGBT community about how they should react.

On Fox News’ Fox & Friends Sunday, Newt Gingrich — network contributor and favorite for Donald Trump’s potential vice-presidential pick — used the tragedy to say he hoped “the gay rights movement will come to realize that Islamic Supremacy is their mortal enemy.” In the past, Gingrich has chided the movement as “gay and secular fascism” wanting to “impose its will on the rest of us.”

Also on Fox & Friends Sunday, former Fox contributor and failed GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson exhorted gay people to avoid being too “ideologically driven” in order to start looking “very carefully” at “radical elements … for their own survival.” Carson has a history of bigoted remarks against LGBT people, which include comparing the gay community with practitioners of bestiality, saying marriage equality could destroy America like “the fall of the Roman Empire,” and asserting that sexual orientation is a choice because “a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight and when they come out, they’re gay.”

Fox’s Todd Starnes wrote June 13 that the attack was not about “the LGBT community,” but “the American community,” and denied that the president was “affirming and announcing solidarity with the LGBT community.” Starnes has appeared on anti-gay hate group media and has frequently included comments from the hate group Family Research Council in his own Fox reporting. In 2011, Starnes warned that proponents of marriage equality may try to make “traditional marriage” a hate crime, and he espoused several disparaging commentsabout LGBT people in his 2012 book Dispatches From Bitter America.

On his website, anti-LGBT Fox contributor Erick Erickson criticized “the way the media chose to report on the event … [as] a tragedy in the gay community.” Calling it “an unnecessary dividing line,” Erickson claimed that “the divisions and focus on the gay community instead of the American community” would reduce the tragedy’s impact on American anti-terror policy. Erickson concluded (emphasis added), “The chain of events that led a terrorist to an arsenal then to a nightclub without the FBI noticing is far more relevant and important right now than the agendas of various activists.

Erickson has repeatedly compared the LGBT community to “terrorists,” including ” in a 2015 blog post titled “The Line Between Islamic Extremists and Gay Rights Extremists” that asserted “the divide between Islamic extremists and gay rights extremists is at death. They meet on the line of destruction.” In the wake of the June 17, 2015, mass shooting in a Charleston, S.C. church, Erickson claimed that Americans can no longer distinguish “normal from crazy and evil from good,” citing society’s acceptance of transgender people like Caitlyn Jenner.

The Resurgent’s Steve Berman wrote that “the LGBT community does deserve our special protection … against Muslims who follow an evil ideology sprung from their holy books.” While admitting that he “certainly do[es] not” agree with “the LGBT political agenda,” Berman concluded by threatening LGBT Americans: “I would gladly stand guard, AR-15 in hand, at any gay bar to protect these Americans, with whom I disagree, but will defend with my life. I do this because I love them like Jesus loves them. When the time comes for choosing enemies, I pray that LGBT Americans would choose very carefully.”

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza tweeted, “Maybe gay activists will start to realize that playing with snakes — which is to say, coddling Islamic radicals — can be quite dangerous.”

D’Souza publicly outed gay classmates during his time at Dartmouth College in the early 1980s and in 2008 penned an op-ed contrasting gay rights and democracy. D’Souza wrote, “Gays do have the right to marry. They have the right to marry adult members of the opposite sex! What gay activists want is something else: the right to marry members of the same sex.”

Conservative blogger Jim Hoft, who in the past hurled anti-gay smears against openly gay Obama administration appointee Kevin Jennings, used the massacre in a June 13 Breitbart News piece to urge gay people to vote for Donald Trump, writing:

I’ve been a conservative activist for years. But today I’m coming out as a conservative gay activist.

In the past few years I’ve built one of the most prominent conservative websites in America. I created The Gateway Pundit because I wanted to speak the truth. I wanted to expose the wickedness of the left. I was raised to love my country. Today I serve my country by defending her from the socialist onslaught.


I can no longer remain silent as my gay brothers and sisters are being slaughtered at dance clubs.

There is only one man who can lead this nation and protect all gays and all Americans. His name is Donald Trump.


I pray that gays will come back home to the Republican Party – no more death.

Striking a different tone, the Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD), an organization that works to support LGBT Muslims, stressed that the tragedy “cannot be neatly categorized as a fight between the LGBT community and the Muslim community.” In its statement, MASGD called on Americans “to resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia as well as against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry.” From the June 12 statement:

This tragedy cannot be neatly categorized as a fight between the LGBTQ community and the Muslim community. As LGBTQ Muslims, we know that there are many of us who are living at the intersections of LGBTQ identities and Islam. At moments like this, we are doubly affected. We reject attempts to perpetuate hatred against our LGBTQ communities as well as our Muslim communities. We ask all Americans to resist the forces of division and hatred, and to stand against homophobia as well as against Islamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry. Let us remember that the actions of a single individual cannot speak for all Muslims. Let us also remember that there are many straight Muslims who have been strong allies to the Muslim LGBTQ community. We see the beauty in our cultures and our faith traditions, and we have experienced love, acceptance and support from many in our Muslim communities.

Photo: Dinesh D’Souza via Facebook.



  1. Insinnergy June 13, 2016

    If you pick a gay nightclub for your ISIS-inspired suicide tribute rather than a national monument or government building, your problem is not religious…

    It’s that you’re mentally ill, violent, and homophobic.

    However, I am confused…
    After the Planned Parenthood shooting, why were there no Republican calls to deport all Christian rednecks and/or block them from entering the country??

    1. Robert Eckert June 14, 2016

      “Religious” and “homophobic” are not mutually exclusive: indeed religion is the main cause of homophobia, and often goes with mental illness and violence as well.

      1. marriea June 14, 2016

        No kidding.
        My first thoughts of the nighclub shooter was that he was a latent gay man. Then I listened at his father, a seemingly over bearing man who probably taught anti-gayness non sense in his home.
        The conservatives have always talked this none-sense.
        In their homes and churches everywhere, even on the campaign trail, they talked about this non-sence.
        As where do they get it.
        From the Bible, especially thay part called the Torah, and the book of Levitcus in particular.
        Like it or not, for all of the cultural differences between so called Christains and Islam, they got their roots from the same place.
        Religion has turned out to be more the most dangerious propaganda tool of today.

        1. idamag June 14, 2016

          Leviticus says a lot of other things. Did you know that a woman is unclean after giving birth and cannot go to church for 33 days if it is a boy and 66 days if it is a girl. Also people with handicaps or blemishes cannot come into the innersanctum of the Lord.

          1. jmprint June 14, 2016

            Let’s not forget that the bible was written by man, if you follow the words in red, you won’t stray.

          2. marriea June 15, 2016

            In my quest to try and read the Bible once, I read Leviticus.
            I ended up slaming the book on it’s face and came to the conclusion that it was written by male chauvinist pigs in an attempt to validate their own existance and ‘self worth’.
            They at the time, and for that matter even now, slamped anything and everything that didn’t look like or act like themselves.
            Hey, that sounds like now, especially with Don, oh forget it, never mind

        2. jmprint June 14, 2016

          The bible also warns us, about these evils, pretending to be christians.

          1. marriea June 15, 2016

            Actually the term ‘Christians’ didn’t come into play until long after the Books of the Bible was written. Christian was named after Christ, who had died before before the term was used. He didn’t write about himself, someone else did.
            The people in the Bible were Jews.
            But as it relates to sins, they entire Bible is full of stories about folks who ‘sinned’ or were ‘evil’.
            It’s the fate of mankind I suspect.

          2. jmprint June 15, 2016

            Notice the lower case on christian, it’s used to show disrespect.
            “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

            Each life is it’s own world, how we judge ourselves is all that matters, not how someone else judges you. Each world has it’s own fate.

            I was born into a very religious Souther Baptist family, but attended Catholic Church up until they judged me, and that’s when I realized it was not the house of God, it’s the house of man. We only have to answer to one, that’s our creator.

            I have an aunt who is very religious and is still Southern Baptist, I grant you, this woman is a very nice lady, but when it comes time to judge, she’s right their with the right, even though her son is gay, even though her children were adulterers, she just denies her family is like that, and continues to judge others.

            Man wrote the bible, we all know that, I like to assume Jesus’ quoted words, are just that quoted and that is where you will find the truth. His first two commandments is all it takes to make this a better world, but for some reason it is the least followed.

          3. marriea June 15, 2016

            I hear ya. I’m not going to argue with you on any point, as I share your basis view about religion.
            I have come to realize that most people don’t understand the Bible and that is why many have this view of the Book as one being phophetic instead of about the nature of mankind.
            My personal view is that man cannot change because mankind can’t change his nature.
            The same actions that mankind did in days of yo, they/we are doing now.
            The person who wrote the Book of Ecclesiates, which is my favorite book, got it right.
            I view the Bible as a learning tool. unforunately, thanks to some prechers, ministers, priest, ‘moochers’ that take advantage of the weakness of mankind, we have the problems we have now. But alas, those problems we aways there and will always be here.
            It is up to each individual person to carefully examine themselves and try to change within.
            Who said, to thine ownself be true, and it will follow as the night follows the day that one will/can not be false to any man.
            I think that wasfrom Hamlet.
            But most people can’t be true to themselves, for then looking inside and being truthful requires one to acknowlege their own warts and weaknesses.
            That’s not a pretty experience and it can be very painful.

          4. dpaano June 30, 2016

            I was once told by a friend who was attending bible college that the bible is merely a book of “parables.” It’s a book that is supposed to help us learn how to live decent and well-meaning lives. It’s much like Aesop’s Fables….there’s a point in every book that we need to read and understand and try to emulate in our lives. The Bible is not the “be all, end all” that we all MUST strive to meet. All we can do is to read it, do our best, and live the best lives we can while we’re on this planet.

          5. dpaano June 30, 2016

            Let’s face it….we all sin. It’s part of our culture, I guess. It’s much like lying…..we all lie at one time or the other and to say you’ve never told a lie is a lie in itself. I believe in God, but I no longer go to an organized church or temple for the simple reason that when they started telling us who to vote for, I kinda thought that was out of the realm of what they were supposed to be teaching! So, I worship my God within myself. I don’t need to go to church each Sunday to prove to anyone that I believe in something above myself. These “evangelical christians” are an embarrassment to both the religion AND themselves! They no more believe in the bible (the New Testament) than the man in the moon! If they did, they wouldn’t denigrate the poor, the helpless, the hungry, the children, and I could go on and on.

          6. marriea July 1, 2016

            You kind f remind me of myself and why I stopped going to church.
            I beleive deeply in a higher entity. Some call that entity God or Allah. Same difference.
            It’s just that the rituals surrounding that God becomes what I deem as ‘country clubby’.
            I’m not going to knock it if that’s what people feel they have to do, however it became a turn off to me.
            I don’t believe that God really care about how one choses to pay homage to him/she/it, as long as one do so with a tru and pure heart.
            But people fight over those damn rituals, which came about from who knows where or why.I look at the various religions as like a highway and one is starting, say on the east coast and going to the west coast. There are to me, many roads that lead there, some relatively smooth and some rough and muddy.but it’s still a path. I like to think of that journey as just that a journey full of adventures where one meets and experience different people who are different from our selves, but in doing so, we learn or get a chance to experience other things we would not have experienced.
            Maybe people who don’t get to experience these things fully, are the ones stuck in their ways and so refuse to see the beauty of our vast world.

        3. Box June 14, 2016

          The shooter was Muslim and if his father taught “anti-gay non-sense in his home” it came from the Quran which forbids gay. I dont know the shooters motivation but if he went to kill gays it wouldnt surprise me. After all, Muslims in Europe attack anyone not sharing the belief, why not in the US too? I would understand gay Muslims wanting to get to a non-persecutable environment like US right now, but they would also be met by Muslims who are closer to the book so Muslims can also attack Muslims. Gay and LGBT are against the law in Muslim countries. The reference above to a Muslim group in US supporting the LGBT community is definitely against the Quran and wont go down well with other Muslims who will call for yet another jihad, you’ll see.

          1. marriea June 15, 2016

            They teach that sort of nonsense in Christian churches also.
            I have only general knowledge of the Koran.
            But from the little I am aware of, I see no difference between the teaching in the Bible (according to some) and the Koran.
            After all, just as it is said that Matthew and Mark was reading from Luke when they wrote their books, I can’t help but believe that Mohammed was reading not only from the Torah in particular, but the Old Testament in general as well of other material at the time..
            I can see his teaching those books and ‘marrying’ those ‘teachiing’ with his people’s culture which would explain why they seem so different.
            But then, like with Christains, politics got in the way and here we are today.
            But at they end of the day, folks like to think of thing in our era as something that just came about.
            Gayness was obviously something that is old as any of ‘modern day vices’ or it would not have need addresed way back then.
            And just like then, people have a tendancy to demonized things they don’t or don’t want to understand.
            The more things change, the more they remain the same.

    2. marriea June 14, 2016

      Probably becuase they looked like the Republicans and most ‘Republicans have the same idology as ISIS, but just in different countries.

      1. plc97477 June 14, 2016

        The only difference is the name they give their invisible friend.

        1. marriea June 14, 2016

          Yeah, I know.
          Look, I believe deeply in God.
          But I have such a distaste for religion,that I am now just as deeply unreligious.
          God, or a like entity has always been around.
          But mankind, to me. has made God into mankind’s image and that god is them.
          To me that ‘invisible friend’ is love.

          1. plc97477 June 14, 2016

            The religious right have turned me away from organized religion. I consider myself an agnostic, still searching but haven’t found anything yet. I like your invisible friend more than any other so far.

          2. marriea June 15, 2016

            You’re looking to far and wide. Your search is closer to you you than you know.
            Enjoy that which is within, and don’t pay attention to that man behind the curtain.
            It’s the only thing that has worked for me and you don’t even have to go to a ‘place of worship’ to experience it, unless of course you just want to share it.
            But to be sure, I don’t think it can be found in ‘religion’ for religion sake.
            Right now, I’m finding it hard if not impossible to tell the difference between ‘religion’ and ‘politics’.

          3. plc97477 June 15, 2016

            I was already looking into that direction. I have decided that instead of looking for someone to forgive me I will try not to need to be forgiven.

          4. marriea June 15, 2016

            Good!! I like that!!. Now that that journey has begun, I wish you well.

        2. David June 14, 2016

          That is NOT the only difference — but, you being an atheist, wouldn’t know.

          1. jmprint June 14, 2016

            Well I have made up my mind, I would rather be an atheist (even though I believe in God) then a republican conservative christian, they are going straight to He11.

          2. David June 14, 2016

            So when did you get appointed to judge who and who is not damned?

          3. jmprint June 14, 2016

            About the same time you did.

    3. plc97477 June 14, 2016

      They can’t deport rednecks because that is their base. Without the racist, homophobic bastards they have nothing.

      1. idamag June 14, 2016

        Too bad we can’t send them to their own country – that continent-size island of plastic bottles floating in the ocean.

    4. Dominick Vila June 14, 2016

      The answer to your question is, in part, because Orlando is to Trump, what Benghazi was for Romney.
      I agree with you wholeheartedly regarding the fact that everything suggests Omar Mateen carried out this massacre because he was a mentally disturbed person and a homophobic. There are, however, many questions that ought to be investigated. Why did this man travel 90 miles from Port St. Lucie to Orlando to carry out a massacre at the Pulse nightclub on Latin Music night, when a large crowd of Hispanics-Latinos were enjoying themselves? Consider how this tragedy is likely to resonate in ultra conservative circles:
      1. A Muslin, born in the USA in 1986, killed 49 innocent victims. Republican logic, including retroactive blame, indicates that President Obama’s horrible foreign policy allowed Mateen to be delivered in New York city when President Reagan was in office. Elementary Republican logic my dear friend.
      2. The fact that about 350 gays were in a bar enjoying themselves, and exercising their constitutional rights, is likely to resonate differently than we envision at every conservative gathering.
      3. Since most of the victims were Hispanics-Latinos I fully expect a new epithet added to the “Criminals and rapists” allegation: gays.
      4. The fact that The Donald defended the right of LGBT folks to enjoy themselves, and reiterated his determination to defend gay rights more robustly than Hillary ever has, indicates a lot more than rhetorical contradiction. This incident, at least in Trump’s mind and that of many Republican “leaders” puts an end to the Judge Curiel scandal. The Donald suddenly emerged as a defender of gays and Mexicans-Latinos who he described as Americans!
      This is a win-win for Donald and the GOP, and they are likely to exploit it until November.
      Just another “spontaneous” gift from Heaven…

  2. I of John June 14, 2016

    I suppose a little compassion and reason was too much to expect from the Right. Anything to put a stopper in any thoughts on gun control is the way the way they will go. Damn anyone else.

  3. 788eddie June 14, 2016

    Just an interesting note: Dinesh D’Souza accuses gay activists of “playing with snakes”, but isn’t that what he’s doing? “Coddling” up to WHITE conservatives?

    Just askin’.

  4. martinmc June 14, 2016

    The content is offensive enough, did we really have to get a giant picture of Dinesh D’Souza? Trigger warnings, people, trigger warnings.

  5. Andrew Long June 14, 2016

    These right wing holier-than-thou know-it-alls are so vile and contemptible that I can not believe my eyes as I read what they say. Gay people are not to blame for the hate that has been victimizing them forever. This hate and ignorance has to stop. Where is the good old christian love and compassion that the right wingers claim to have a corner on?

    1. idamag June 14, 2016

      I call anyone who is overly concerned about someone else’s sex life, “crotch sniffers.”

  6. jakenhyde June 14, 2016

    Donald Trump can’t even protect his brain and mouth from lying and saying some of the most outlandish things heard from a presidential candidate in the history of our country. How in the world does he plan to protect ANY segment of our citizenry?

    1. idamag June 14, 2016

      Imagine him dealing with foreign powers.

      1. jmprint June 14, 2016

        Please don’t make us suffer anymore, the thought is too much.

        1. Box June 14, 2016

          Why not? Obama opposers suffered for eight years, now its the next guys turn. You had your eight, let the next fellow have his. Fair is fair, right? Equality and everything?

          1. jmprint June 15, 2016

            What’s the matter you can’t contain your hate. Biting your tongue for the last years pierced a hole in it. If you want equality don’t vote for the orange orangutan.

          2. dpaano June 30, 2016

            And how have you actually suffered? As for equality….Trump as president would NOT equal President Obama in any way, shape, or form!!! He’s the exact opposite of President Obama.

  7. idamag June 14, 2016

    Sandy Hook; Aurora, Co; Littleton. Co;; Laraimy Wy; Sanford, Fl ; Birmingham, Ala; the list goes on, but it proves you can never trust white America – right? And the victims brought it on themselves, right?

    1. jabber1 June 14, 2016

      And where was the NRA good guy with a gun to stop the carnage? Hah!

      1. theresa perry June 15, 2016

        Well…. Geraldo Rivera (That Beacon of Knowledge on Faux) said that since there were at least 300 people in Pulse, they basically caused their own demise because they didn’t “fight back”. He said they should have “rushed the gunman”. Wonder how many gunmen has Geraldo “confronted”?

        1. dpaano June 30, 2016

          He’d run like a scared rabbit!!!

    2. Andrew Long June 14, 2016

      When America “got over” the slaughter of children…children! at Sandy Hook the fate was sealed on any hope for gun control in this country.

      1. idamag June 14, 2016

        It appears that the American people have become inured to viiolence.They no longer have empathy. The nation wont be just a nation of paranoids. Add that to agoraphobia this is what the violence is going to accomplish.

        1. jmprint June 14, 2016

          Well the rednick haters think there will be a lot less blacks, hispanics, and muslims, but the realty is if they continue their hate, there will be a lot less of them.

          1. idamag June 15, 2016

            I’ve met a few.They aren’t the smartest people I’ve ever met. In fact they are boring and their ignorance s is annoying.

  8. Rich June 14, 2016

    There is a kernel of truth in what the Faux News media are saying. Every country in the world where being gay can be punished by death is a Muslim country and the residents are subject to a fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia Law. I think to some degree the Starnes and Ericksons of the world wish that gays were subject to the same punishment here as they are in those dozen Muslim countries. The American Taliban are different only in degree, but not in kind, from their soulmates in ISIS.

    1. jabber1 June 14, 2016

      Fundamentalist christians would do the same if they had complete control. They preach an intolerant creed which is similar to the sharia law. All fundamentalism, regardless of its belief system, is a danger and a threat to others.

      1. Andrew Long June 14, 2016

        You said exactly what I was thinking.

    2. dpaano June 30, 2016

      There are several other countries that are NOT Muslim that punish people for being gay….it’s not just the Middle East.

  9. AlfredSonny June 14, 2016

    In response to Georgia Senator David Perdue’s prayers, I hope and pray all Right wingers be blessed by bearing at one LBGT baby in each of their families.

  10. Frank Pig June 15, 2016

    This article is disgusting.

    1. jmprint June 15, 2016

      Yes the right-wing are disgusting.

      1. tomneale June 16, 2016

        What a bunch of pigs the far-right wing is.

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