If you haven't heard by now, there was a tragic mass shooting at a gay night club in Orlando Florida. And according to ACLU and prominent LGBT groups/persons Christians are to blame. This is totally incorrect. Let me explain why.
1) The shooter was a male Muslim who pledged himself to ISIS/ISIL. He was not a Christian. He was a radicalized Muslim not even a radicalized Christian.
2) Gay people are also Christian. I've had numerous conversations with LGBT people who have said that being Christian and gay is not mutually exclusive. And they are correct. Steve Gershom (pseudonym) is a gay Catholic blogger. Eve Tushnet is a prominent lesbian Catholic.
3) In other news alcoholics can be Catholics. Adulterers can be Catholics. Thieves can be Catholics. We are all sinners and deal with a cross for not giving into our desires. Sometimes we slip up. But we don't have ticker tape parades for alcoholics. Most people frown on open relationships. And we jail thieves. This isn't because we hate people. It's because bad behavior has to be kept in check either by the person themselves or by society. Many many many LGBT persons try to justify bad/immoral behavior to the point of desiring others to except this bad behavior. But just like an alcoholic who falls off the wagon, it isn't going to happen. If you truly love the alcoholic or the LGBT person you would come along side them and charitably try to guide them back to Christ and on the wagon. This means condemning LGBT behavior and drinking. #SorryNotSorry Souls are at stake here. We want to convert you/reconcile you and not murder you. Murder ends the whole saving-your-soul thing. It's counterproductive for Christians to do that not to mention immoral.
4) The ACLU blamed the shooting on legislation against LGBT people. Most of that legislation is actually to protect businesses and individuals who are religious. And by religious I'm talking about Christians who are peacefully operating a business in accordance with their own ethics code which all businesses have. Having an ethics code is a good thing. A business who operates solely for the profit regardless of how it effects employees or the environment is a bad thing yes? So we should be encouraging business owners to have business ethics yes? I don't agree with Starbucks's business ethics or American Apparel's, but I'm glad they have something in place. Nobody is banning either from contributing to whatever charity they want or offering whatever benefits package to their employees that they want. Why cannot the same be said of Christians?
5) It won't effect you, they said. That is until the LGBT people started passing discrimination legislation. If you truly wanted Christians to not start fighting for their rights to practice their faith any and everywhere, why did you pick a fight specifically with Christians? Why bother Christians about something they haven't even done as in the case of Mystic Pizza? If we were left alone, then the legislation back lash would never have happened.
6) I've read books about anti-Catholicism and anti-Christianity in general. And you know why there are so many Christian martyrs and victims of violence? It's because Christians are easy targets. Generally speaking it's rare that we strike back as a whole or as individuals. People have to start pulling out various individuals or groups from hundreds of years ago to show Christian violence. You don't have to go that far back when looking for atheists or Muslims as groups or individuals.
7) And yet somehow the topic turned to blaming Christians and syncing it up with violence surrounding abortion. As I said, it's extremely rare. The last shooter couldn't stand trial because he was so mental. Christians condemned the act as being entirely un-Christian. But what does abortion have to do with targeting LGBT gay bars for mass murder? Saying stuff like that is grasping at straws.
I get that people are angry and upset and want to blame someone. And Christians are an easy soft target because we won't murder you. Blaming ISIS or radicalized Islam will. Maybe you should ask yourself why the ACLU et al. are taking the path of least resistance. Maybe you shouldn't head in the same direction and instead place the blame squarely where it belongs- with the shooter and the group who shared his thirst for violence. Stop blaming Christians.