[Content Note: violence against LGBTQ folks, discussion of lynching and racism]
Yesterday, Dr. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family, expressed sympathy for the victims of the horrific shooting at Orlando’s Pulse Night Club:
I am deeply saddened by the brutal murder of so many young men in Orlando, Florida . . . Although radical Islamic terror groups claim victory while dispensing death and mayhem, we know the truth. Eternal life comes only by faith in and obedience to the one true God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
As John 13:34 tells us, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
His words ring hollow, in light of his words from just a couple of weeks ago, regarding transgender women who try to use the restroom (emphasis mine):
What should be done to the pervert who was using mirrors to watch women and girls in their stalls? If you are a dad, I pray you will protect your little girls from men who walk in unannounced, unzip their pants and urinate in front of them. If this had happened 100 years ago, someone might have been shot. Where is today’s manhood? God help us!
Both of Dobson’s posts reveal the racial undertones of white conservative opposition to LGBTQ people.
Are they hoping to turn non-Muslim LGBTQ people against the Muslim community, hoping we’ll just destroy each other?
Are they realizing for the first time that their hateful rhetoric has real-life violent consequences, and quickly trying to distance themselves from that rhetoric, using Muslims as a scape-goat?
I’m not sure, but I do know this: I don’t trust this sudden change-of-heart. I don’t have any faith that it will mean good things for the LGBTQ community, let alone for Muslim communities.
Don’t trust the white-washed tombs “which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead.”