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Gay Activist: Orlando ‘Forged a Lasting Partnership’ Between Muslims, LGBTs Against Trump

On the anniversary of the jihad massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, gay activist Scott Simpson wrote in the Advocate -- a publication covering LGBT news -- that the event has brought Muslims and gays together. He says they are now united as victims against the real enemy -- the forces of hatred and bigotry that Donald Trump represents.

Think about the intellectual contortions it took for Simpson to get there.

A Muslim gunned down 49 people and wounded another 53 at a gay nightclub in the name of Allah and Islam. Yet a gay leader writes in a gay magazine that the massacre has united people who hold the same beliefs as the killer with people who share the orientation of his victims. And they are supposedly uniting against Donald Trump -- a man who has forcefully vowed to take steps to prevent such massacres from happening again.

Scott Simpson bases his gymnastics on the myth that both Muslims and gays are routinely brutalized by thuggish Trump-supporting louts:

Across the country, American Muslims girded themselves for what has become a terrifying but familiar backlash against them. When anyone with a Muslim-sounding name makes headlines for a crime or an attack, the entire Muslim community is usually blamed. Vandals opened fire on a Texas mosque and Muslim men were beaten or shot in Orlando, the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Minnesota.

Anti-Muslim violence has surged under the rhetoric of the Trump campaign, making 2016 the most brutal year for American Muslims since the backlash following 9/11.

In light of the high incidence of fake anti-Muslim hate crimes, these reports have to be greeted with skepticism -- but to be sure, no attack on any innocent person, Muslim or non-Muslim, is ever justified. The question is whether this “lasting partnership” is likely to prevent Muslims in the U.S. from brutalizing gays in the future, and whether it is really prudent to act as if Orlando was a one-off.

This “lasting partnership” is unlikely to overrule the contents of Islamic holy texts. The Qur’an contains numerous condemnations of homosexual activity. For example:

And [We had sent] Lot when he said to his people, "Do you commit such immorality as no one has preceded you with from among the worlds? Indeed, you approach men with desire, instead of women. Rather, you are a transgressing people." … And We rained upon them a rain [of stones]. Then see how was the end of the criminals." (Qur’an 7:80-84)

And Muhammad specifies the punishment for homosexuality in a hadith:

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, "Whoever you find doing the action of the people of Lot, execute the one who does it and the one to whom it is done." (Sunan Abu Dawud 4462)