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June 16, 2016

After Orlando, We Are All Gay

We all want a world of love not hate.

But all it takes is one radicalized hater to ruin the lives of so many.

Many got a wake up call with the devastating news out of Orlando on Sunday: 49 people murdered and 53 others wounded at a gay nightclub in Orlando. After the attacks of September 11th a Frenchman wrote, “We are all Americans.”

After the Paris attacks last year, many wrote, “We are all French.”

After Orlando, we are all gay.

The attacker was inspired by radical Islamist terrorist organizations based in the Middle East that spew hatred for gays and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

They hate the freedom to say what we want, assemble when we want and practice the religion that we want.

And they hate the freedom we have to love the person we want.

Sure, we still face haters and prejudice, but make no mistake — it’s a lot worse in other countries. It’s one thing for a bakery to refuse to sell me a wedding cake. It’s another for a judge to order me hanged.

ISIS throws gays off buildings and stones them to death in Syria and Iraq. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Mauritania, Niger, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Yemen and Pakistan.

The Islamist theocratic dictatorship of Iran hangs gay men. They force my gay brothers and sisters in Iran to have sex change operations against their will.

Congressman Jerry Nadler needs to explain how he can be pro-LGBT when he supported giving $150 billion to a regime that preaches anti-gay hatred and terror, as he did in the Iran nuclear deal.

How can he be pro-gay and fund anti-gay bigots and terror at the same time?

Less than one year after concluding the nuclear deal, the State Department has declared the Iranian government is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror. Then a terrorist fanatic who hates gays and hates America committed the worst attack on our soil since 9/11.

Let me be clear: I am wary of war. The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have weighed a heavy toll. I seek peace.

But we must stop this radical Islamist ideology from inspiring more anti-gay, anti-American killers.

The first step is clearly identifying who and what the enemy is — a hateful ideology that uses a perverted interpretation of Islam to justify killing. Just moments before beginning the attack at Pulse, the terrorist called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Pulse, the terrorist called 911 and pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.

Whether it’s ISIS or al Qaeda or an Ayatollah in Iran chanting death to America — let us wake up and realize that they mean it. Their propaganda is meant to inspire people like the terrorist who carried out the slaughter in Orlando.

We need to take counter-terrorism seriously.

And we must take seriously the persecution and killing of gays — or Christians, Jews, Muslims, Yazidis or members of any group for any reason. No more forced sex changes. No more terror.

At Pulse, that night, it could have been me. In Hell’s Kitchen on Saturday night, it could have been me.

In Times Square, it could be any of us.

The freedoms we all have to say and do and love who we want is why some despise America.

We must all stand together and stop this hateful Islamist ideology from inspiring more attacks on the United States.

After Orlando, we are all gay.

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