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Episcopal Church Bishops Ignore Islamic Connection in Orlando Killings

Episcopal Church Bishops Ignore Islamic Connection in Orlando Killings

By David W. Virtue DD
June 15, 2016

Some 50 bishops of The Episcopal Church, (AKA the Church of Perpetual Blindness,) in their rapid desire to bewail the murder of 50 homosexuals in a known LGBTQI nightclub in Orlando, and raise the flag of felt pain for those who died, have willfully ignored the fact that the killer was radicalized by a single Islamic militant. (You can read what most of TEC's bishops had to say here. http://www.virtueonline.org/episcopal-bishops-and-world-figures-respond-mass-shooting-orlando)

Omar Mateen, killer of four dozen mostly Latinos at an Orlando club, was inspired to butcher homosexuals by Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a radical imam who preached hate in the Orlando area. A former U.S. Marine, he served as a bodyguard to the Blind Sheik who was behind the 1993 World Trade Center Attack. Robertson resurfaced in Orlando and, according to a law enforcement official familiar with Robertson, the imam has a history of recruiting terrorists and inciting violence in the area.

The official says that Mateen was enrolled in Robertson's online Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary. Robertson reportedly has "openly and enthusiastically preached against homosexuality."

According to Fox News, Robertson spent four years in prison in Florida on illegal weapons and tax fraud charges before being released by a Florida judge one year ago. During his time in prison, Robertson was considered so dangerous that he was kept in shackles and assigned his own guards. Prison authorities concluded he was radicalizing up to 36 of his fellow prisoners.

Not once did any of the Episcopal bishops raise the specter of Mateen's Islamic heritage, his radicalization and what might have inspired him to do these killings. There is talk even now that he might have been a homosexual himself despite two marriages!

In rapid fire statements, the bishops lamented the homophobia and hatred that homosexuals and lesbians apparently feel, and believe that a "safe space" like this club for homosexuals was off limits for guns and shooting. The truth is there is no safe space for anyone anywhere. Shootings have taken place in churches, a Sikh temple, movie theaters, schools and malls. No one is safe anywhere. The fictional world of safe places is found only in the fantasy minds of Episcopal bishops.

Several Episcopal bishops did express solidarity with the Islamic community and condemned Islamophobia. "We should not forget to pray for the American Muslim community, which has been deeply shocked by this crime and yet again faces the threat of increased violence against its institutions and places of worship," opined Tom Breidenthal, Bishop of Southern Ohio.

"Let the Muslim congregations and people around you know that you refuse to characterize their whole community and people by the actions of this man, said The Rt. Rev. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric filled social media and the news, shouted the Rt. Rev. William Stokes, Bishop of New Jersey.

"To our Muslim sisters and brothers, know that our support for you remains strong. We know that the hatred that fuels such violence is a perversion of the Muslim faith, and we remain your friends and interfaith partners," opined Bishop Mariann Budde of Washington.

"We extend our care and concern to our Muslim neighbors as they celebrate the holy season of Ramadan," wrote Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut. There is much irony here, and, clearly, the bishop doesn't know his history.

Of interest is that this shooting occurred during Ramadan. This year, Ramadan runs from the 6th of June until the 5th of July. The Islamic holy month is thought by clueless Westerners to be just a time of peace, with fasting in the daytime and feasting at night.

"But nothing could be further from the truth," writes culture watcher Bill Muehlenberg. "Ramadan has historic ties with jihad and bloodshed. Contrary to the belief that Ramadan is a time when no jihad or fighting should take place, it is the exact opposite. This month is, in fact, the time where Allah grants military victories to his followers through jihad. It is known in Islamic history as a key period for jihad. It goes back to year one in fact. But don't take my word for it. Consider the words of one Islamic website on this:

"Jihad is the summit of Islam. Its virtue is countlessly high, as mentioned in many places of the Koran and Sunnah. The Prophet, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, said: 'Verily, there are one hundred degrees in Paradise which Allah has reserved for the fighters in His cause. The distance between every two degrees is like the distance between the sky and the Earth, so if you ask Allah for anything, ask Him for the Firdaus, for it is the last part of Paradise and the highest part of Paradise, and at its top there is the Throne of Beneficent, and from it gush forth the rivers of Paradise'. (al-Bukhari).

"The month of Ramadan in the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and the righteous ancestors was a month of forthcoming. The greatest battles during the lifetime of the Prophet (pbuh) occurred in this blessed month, the month of jihad, zeal and enthusiasm. The first battle in the history of Islam was the battle of Badr. This event became a dividing line between the era of humiliation and weakness, and the beginning of the era of force and revival of the case of the Prophet (pbuh) and the believers. This day became a turning point in the spreading of the call of the Prophet (pbuh)."

So jihadist attacks and Islamic terrorism actually gets ramped up during Ramadan. And this is another frightful example of it. Of course, the Islam connection will be downplayed by one and all, from Obama to the media, to the usual dhimmi talking heads...and Episcopal Church bishops.

As Canon lawyer A.S. Haley observes, "The Orlando shooter was not insane, or a deranged madman: like all haters, he had to be carefully taught."

"Indeed, he had visited the Pulse Club some dozen or so times beforehand, and had perhaps sought to hunt down victims by using gay dating apps. This, in short, was a man with malice aforethought."

The rifle he used was also not an AR-15, as the media keep saying. The rifle used by the Islamist terrorist was a Sig Sauer MCX carbine, a modular, multi-caliber (able to swap to different calibers, including 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, and 7.62×39) rifle system that sometimes utilizes STANAG magazines common to more than 60 different firearms, but otherwise has no major parts that interface with AR-15s in any way, shape or form.

Furthermore, this was not the "greatest single mass shooting in history on American soil." Think Wounded Knee. Think Tulsa in 1921. Or even the Mystic Massacre in 1637. All were directed against groups who were the objects of prejudice and hatred. Most of the deaths were by gunshot, and all of the dead, including many women and children, were unarmed and mostly defenseless.

Indeed, our history of massacres against American natives alone is shameful to catalog. Google's page for that category lists 51 separate links to individual accounts.

Thus we have here a real hate crime. But it is not a Christian hate crime, which the secular left always talks about. This was an Islamic hate crime. It was a hatred of the West and a hatred of homosexuals.

Since the 9/11 attacks of 15 years ago, there have been 28,576 Islamic terrorist attacks. In this year's Ramadan Bombathon, there have been 60 attacks already, resulting in 472 deaths. This is what Islam does. And this is especially what Islam does during Ramadan.

For Planned Parenthood to state that the Orlando shooting was the result of "toxic masculinity" and "imperialist homophobia" is like Kermit Gosnell saying that he performed live-birth abortions because "as a physician, I am very concerned about the sanctity of life."

Even worse were ACLU attorneys, who blamed the killings on Christian conservatives, saying they are responsible for the mass shooting at a gay bar in Orlando because they "created this anti-queer climate"! The lies and spin just grow and grow.

What is truly disingenuous were the remarks made by Central Florida Episcopal Bishop, Greg Brewer, in whose diocese this took place. He told us how HE felt, seven times in three paragraphs, but offered up nothing more... "I had to work to take it in...That's how I feel...I will leave it to others to look for someone to blame...all I want to do is to stand beside, pray, and love as best I can...I categorically condemn what has happened. Better solutions must be found. I do believe that love is stronger than death." That's it. Nothing on how America has reached this political and moral moment, nothing on the fact that this shooting occurred during Ramadan or the radicalization of a single man born in the USA. Nothing about the evil of Islam as it preaches the face of peace, when we know the exact opposite is true. Nothing on what homosexuality has done to Nigerian Anglicans, who have seen the face of Boko Haran, and, with it, the slaughter of their people over accusations that the West is morally weak. Nothing. What an indictment.

Theologian John Rankin makes a good point when he says, "We need to define how both Islam and homosexual idolatry are one-way religions -- you are allowed to enter (by persuasion or force), but you may not exit."

In the end, the Episcopal bishops' responses will be seen as little more than pathetic and a papering over of sin, of whitewashing the behavior of men and women lost in spiritual and moral darkness, the radicalization of a single man and of a religion bent on destroying Christianity at its very root, even as their own dioceses wither and die.


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