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Omar Mateen on left, Chase Strangio on the right.

It didn’t take long.

Even before all the more than 50 wounded were moved from the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida to area hospitals for emergency treatment and surgery, two attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seized the opportunity to both divert attention from the Muslim killer and somehow lay the blame at the feet of Christians for the worst mass shooting in American history.

Chase Strangio, a young ACLU attorney who specializes in LGBT issues and activism, was unable to control his desire to politicize the massacre literally before families had been notified of the death of their loved ones, tweeting a vile message of hate early in the morning, as the nation awoke to the news.

The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months and people blaming Islam for this. No.‪#PulseNightclub 8:31 AM - 12 Jun 2016

Strangio’s absolution of the Islamic faith for the attack on the gay nightclub flew in the face of clear evidence that was already known at the time – that the shooter, Omar Mateen, was a Muslim who had paused during the shooting to call 911 to pledge his allegiance to the leader of ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and praise the Tsarnaev brothers responsible for the deadly Boston Marathon bombings in 2013.

At the time Strangio tweeted, it was already known that Mateen had become angry the previous week when he saw two men kissing in public in Miami according to his own father’s statement to the media – the same father who publicly proclaimed that “God will punish those involved in homosexuality.”

Strangio claimed that Christians bore responsibility for Mateen’s act because, “they created this anti-queer climate,” a thought seconded by Eunice Hyon Min Rho, an attorney who also practices at the ACLU.

After retweeting another user who predicted that some would exploit the tragedy to further an “anti-Muslim agenda,” Rho deleted her Twitter account.

The ACLU began as a movement in the early 20th century to fight for civil rights, but has morphed into a partisan group arguing pro-abortion and anti-Christian issues.

 

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