Mir Seddique, Orlando shooter Omar Seddique Mateen’s father, insisted to NBC News that the slaughter at Pulse in Orlando “has nothing to do with religion.”
“We were in Downtown Miami, Bayside, people were playing music. And he saw two men kissing each other in front of his wife and kid and he got very angry,” Seddique told the network.
“They were kissing each other and touching each other and he said, ‘Look at that. In front of my son they are doing that.’ And then we were in the men’s bathroom and men were kissing each other,” he continued.
People try to make sense of the killings. You want an explanation? We live in an age of subjectivism. We live in an age of, “There is no objectively right or wrong answer; truth is whatever you feel it to be.”
Someone like Omar Mateen takes this seriously.
Emotions are truth, and truth is reality. Islam may be the most consistent expression of subjectivism known in the world today.
It’s ironic. Viewed from one angle, Islam is the ultimate example of conservative, traditional values. Subjectivism has more often been associated with liberal, nonjudgmentalism.
Yet that’s not how it works. When you FEEL something is true merely because you feel it, then the next step is to impose that feeling on others. There’s no room for the concepts of tolerance, live and let live or anything else. When feelings trump reality and reason, then people devoid of reality or reason—people like the Orlando shooter—carry the day.
People who assume that subjective tolerance of anything and everything imaginable is right set themselves up for eventual destruction. Omar Mateen is what happens when you stop thinking there’s ever a basis for making judgments of others. “Oh, no?” he says. “Watch this.”
Keep in mind that political correctness is propped up by the generally “liberal” notions of tolerance and diversity. But when you make tolerance and diversity ends in themselves, you set the table for tolerating the intolerable, and obliterating any hope for diversity in the process. Islam cashes in on this mentality, because Islam does not hesitate to judge and obliterate anything and everything in its path.
The opinions of the cultural leftists and politically correct elitists matter, because they are the intellectuals, the media, and the ones who run most of the government. Our president for the last 8 years is the ultimate triumph of political correctness. Their ideas are toxic and dangerous, in this regard. They feel that things like gun-free zones and threats to fine or imprison anyone who insults Islam are acts of kindness and freedom; in fact, those feelings lead to exactly the opposite in practice.
The comments Mateen’s father chose to excuse his son’s actions are interesting. It’s more than a shocked parent trying to make sense of his son’s horrific acts. By all reports, the man is probably a terrorist himself and likely admires his son’s actions more than he will ever acknowledge. But more than that: He knows American culture well. He knows that most of us have been trained to feel that we can’t help our feelings. Most of us don’t believe that entitles us to open fire on a nightclub. Only Muslims and other handfuls of sociopaths take it that far. But most of us do believe—incorrectly, but we have been taught it—that feelings are the equivalent of reality, at least in most cases.
When feelings become the means for determining reality, then it’s only a matter of time before might equals right. That’s what we’re witnessing, with terrorism gradually overtaking our once peaceful, largely civil society.
To paraphrase Ayn Rand, judge and prepare to be judged. If you don’t, then those who do judge with their emotions alone will — sometimes quite literally — mow you down.
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