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Mateen Family: The Rotten Apple Doesn't Fall Very Far from the Tree

In this photo made from video, Seddique Mir Mateen speaks to reporters about his son Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American-born Muslim, the killer, who died in a gun battle early Sunday with a SWAT team, Monday, June 13, 2016, at his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The last of the bodies were removed from an Orlando gay nightclub overnight as investigators dug into the background of the gunman, who called 911 to profess allegiance to the Islamic State during the attack that left 49 victims dead. (AP Photo/APTN)

CBS News has dug up some additional information on the Orlando shooter’s father, Seddique Mateen, that makes the son’s actions completely understandable.

What a piece of work this guy is.

Mr. Mateen posted a video to his Facebook page today:

The elder Mateen says he was saddened by his son’s actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

He then adds: “God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” saying it’s, “not an issue that humans should deal with.”

The statement, and previous videos by Seddique Mateen, lend some insight into the environment in which his U.S.-born son was raised.

Seddique Mateen hosts a program on a California-based satellite Afghan TV station, aimed at the Afghan diaspora in the in the U.S., called the “Durand Jirga Show.”

A senior Afghan intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Lara Logan that the show is watched by some in people in Afghanistan but the primary audience is ethnic Pashtun Afghans living in the U.S. and Europe.

The Taliban Islamic extremist movement is comprised almost entirely of Pashtuns, and Mateen’s show takes a decidedly Pashtun nationalistic, pro-Taliban slant; full of anti-U.S. rhetoric and inflammatory language aimed at non-Pashtuns and at Pakistan, the source told Logan.

The name of the show references the Durand line, the disputed border between Afghanistan and Pakistan that was established in the 19th century by Britain. It has long been at the heart of deep-seated mistrust between Afghans and Pakistanis.

Seddique Mateen once campaigned in the United States for current Afghan President Ashraf Ghani — seen as a moderate leader — who appeared on his program in 2014. But since then Seddique has turned against Ghani in both his broadcasts and numerous videos posted to a Facebook account.

In his Facebook videos, the alleged gunman’s father has often appeared wearing a military uniform and declaring himself the leader of a “transitional revolutionary government” of Afghanistan. He claims to have his own intelligence agency and close ties to the U.S. Congress — assets he says he will use to subvert Pakistani influence and take control of Afghanistan.

After watching his videos — none of which were recorded in English — CBS News’ Ahmad Mukhtar said it seemed possible that Seddique Mateen is delusional. “He thinks he runs a government in exile and will soon take the power in Kabul in a revolution,” notes Mukhtar.

The elder Mateen is, to use the clinical term, loony toons. But it’s ridiculous to say that Omar Mateen’s anti-gay hate was passed on to him by his father. The shooter was far more likely to be schooled in anti-LGBT hate at the mosque than in his home.

How did this nutcase ever get into the U.S.? Someone had to sign off on his visa. Someone had to stamp his application for residency. I can’t believe this guy’s extremist views weren’t discovered before he got here.

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to think that 100,000 refugees are receiving the same, close scrutiny.

Omar Mateen was not crazy. It only seems that way to normal people who aren’t familiar with his radical jihadist ideology. Today on the left, liberals are shocked — shocked I tell you — that Muslims hate gays so much they want them all dead. So the narrative is now subtly being altered to eliminate radical Islam as a cause for Mateen’s rampage and substituting mental illness.

Even when the motivation for an act of savagery like this is clear, the narrative must be protected at all costs.