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As hundreds line up in Orlando, Florida to donate blood to save the victims of the terror attack at a local nightclub by a suspected radical Muslim, and local authorities, Homeland Security, and the FBI begin their investigations, a possible piece of the puzzle is getting renewed attention.

Omar Mateen, the 29-year-old shooter, was an American-born Muslim, apparently deliberately chose his target, the Pulse nightclub, which billed itself as “Orlando’s Premier Gay Club” after becoming angry when he recently saw two men kissing.

Radical Muslims believe homosexuality is a sin punishable by death, a message reinforced by a Muslim doctor spoke at an Islamic Center in central Florida.

His topic was: “How to deal with the phenomenon of homosexuality” and his message was simple.

The punishment for homosexuality is death.

Attempting to somehow justify that shocking statement, Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar, sought to couch it terms of a mercy killing.

“We see the physical killing as something brutal, and this is the point when human hatred toward the act has to be done out of love,” he said. “You have to be happy for that person … we believe in an afterlife, we believe in an eternal life … and with this sentence, you will be forgiven and you won’t be accountable in the hereafter.”

In that way, Sekaleshfar claimed, “It’s for his own betterment that he leaves.”

It is yet known if the Orlando shooter, Mateen, heard or was even aware of Sekaleshfar’s speech, which was also available online, but the Islamic Center that hosted his appearance, is located only a half-hour north of Orlando – a two-hour drive from Mateen’s home in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Dr. Sekaleshfar lives in Iran, but was born in Manchester, England and received his medical training and degree from the Imperial College of London.

He also spoke that same year at The University of Michigan in Dearborn, where there is a large Muslim presence since the resettlement of Somalis.

“We have to have that compassion for people,” said Sekaleshfar. “With homosexuals, it’s the same. Out of compassion, let’s get rid of them now.”

 

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