I wanted to talk about the fact that the Orlando shooter is from a Muslim background whose family were very homophobic, and him being gay himself. His dad is asking, "why would he does this if he were gay?"
It seems to me that his dad is more concerned about his kid dying as a jihadist rather than a gay man. It's clear this guy grew up in a hate-filled household that eventually drew him to such extremes, with his dad calling him gay in front of his ex wife and mocking his identity.
I don't know if it's fear or self-loathing or a bit of both but let's take a moment and recognize what many Muslims go through that pushes them to such mental breakdowns.
We all deal with this and I think it's underestimated the burden we have to carry around being Muslims raised and still living in homophobic societies, surrounded by people who think we are deviants.
I know many self-loathing friends who are gay and yet refuse to be regarded as such even if they admit it themselves. They lie, they attack, they act violently towards gay people, all to hide their true selves. This is why what happened in Orlando hits close to him for those of us even who live afar, because we all know one or two people who could've done that.
A wake up call.