Written for Mvslim
Multiple sources have now confirmed that Omar Mateen, the shooter of the Orlando massacre, was himself gay. He often visited Pulse, the popular gay nightclub that he committed the massacre in. Eyewitness reports suggest that Mateen would get so drunk at the bar that bouncers would have to kick him out. He also had attempted to start dates on Grindr, the popular gay-dating application.
In terms of religion, Mateen’s parents have said that he wasn’t “Islamic” whatsoever. Colleagues and acquaintances have gone on record stating that he was really a “loner” and “social introvert”.
Yet, none of these revelations appear to matter. According to the media, what matters is Omar Mateen’s “Muslim sounding name” and his upbringing in a “Muslim family”. Like many other Muslims worldwide, Mateen can’t escape the “Islamic” label, regardless of whether he even practiced Islam or not. That’s the baggage of a “Muslim sounding name”. If his name is Ali and he shoots another man, media will say “it’s because of Islam”. If his name is Muhammad and he robs a store, media will say “it’s because of Islam”. If his name is Osama and he strikes a child, media will say “it’s because of Islam”. If his name is Farooq and he commits tax fraud, media will say “it’s because of Islam”. You get my point.