The attack on a Gay Club in Orlando, Florida has left some 50 people dead and scores injured. This is a hate crime carried out by a muslim man, Omar Mateen not long after ISIS said they would launch an attack in Florida.
And yet according to the terrorists father:
Mateen's father Mir Seddique told NBC News that the incident had nothing to do with religion, and may have been triggered by the sight of a gay couple kissing in Miami.
But NBC News reported that Mateen called the emergency services before the attack and swore allegiance to the so-called Islamic State militant group.
What nonsense. How many people, even in America walk around with an assault rifle, handgun and large amounts of explosives?
And why should the sight of two gay people kissing provoke someone into launching an indiscriminate killing spree?
Where exactly did his hate come from?
This was a planned terrorist act in the name of the religion of Islam whether liberals want to deny this or not.
Not every Muslim is a potential terrorist, but the failure to recognise and deal with violent extremism within the Islamic community is one that both Muslims and Western countries must face up to.
The Koran (like many religious texts including the Bible) is full of quotes that promote hate against gays and in particular the Koran rails against non-believers.
The intolerance within Islam has always been there but until comparatively recently has been dormant outside Islamic societies and it's growth within non-Muslim countries due to immigration is a disturbing trend.
This attack like so many does have something to do with religion but not all followers of Islam are a danger.
The problem is that there are quite large numbers of fundamentalists who are disposed to acting on their Jihadic impulses.
Denying the religious element of these acts is dangerous and bodes ill for the future.