Jun 21, 2016 5:36 PM GMT
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/06/15/gay-rabbi-we-can-all-mourn-orlando-but-this-was-terrorism-against-gay-people/Quite matter-of-factly, I referred to the tragedy as a terrorist attack against the LGBT community.
“Well,” said my friend, “I don’t see it as just that. I mean, it is, of course, an attack at a gay nightclub and against LGBT people. But I see it as an attack on all Americans.”
I could sense the deeply well-meaning intent in my friend’s words. However I was immediately reminded of a clip I had seen of the gay British reporter Owen Jones, who angrily walked out of Sky News when his fellow reporters refused to acknowledge the attack as singling out the LGBT community. So I asked my friend the same question that Jones asked his fellow reporters: “If the gunman had walked into a synagogue and killed 50 Jews, would you not call that an anti-Semitic terrorist attack?” “Oh, I see what you mean …” my friend said.