In late 2010, the international soccer federation FIFA announced that the 2022 soccer World Cup tournament would be hosted by Qatar (against all reason, and amid swirling corruption allegations). The only good I thought would come out of that was that the tiny Salafist-Islamic state would perhaps be forced to rethink or soften some of its worst religion-driven, sexist customs.
Did mass murderer Omar Mateen decide to kill dozens of gay people because of his Muslim faith? Because he had become radicalized by ISIS? Because he couldn’t stand the sight of two men kissing where his wife and young child saw them, as his father alleged? Because he suffered from extreme anger and other mental issues?
It could very well be any combination of these, or all of the above. But now there’s a stunning new factor in the mix.
Recently, British-born religious scholar and law expert Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar was the invited speaker at the Husseini Islamic Center in Sanford, Florida (Sanford is adjacent to the Orlando Airport and 20 miles from downtown Orlando).
A local resident did some Googling and found a 2013 video in which Sekaleshfar opines that the killing of homosexuals is an act of compassion.