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Was Orlando Killer Gay? Was Omar Mateen Struggling With How To Deal With His Homosexuality?

June 14, 2016

One of the most bizarre terrorist stories is being investigated following the carnage in Orlando.  As I have stressed over and over there is nothing to be gained by not living life authentically.   With news reports showing the investigation of Omar Mateen may be taking an angle that looks into the possibility the killer was gay, one has to ask what mix of conflicted sexuality butted up against his religion. Did Mateen use the ISIS fanaticism to cover his internal struggle?

The slaughter that took place in Orlando was simply appalling.   The brave men and women who were at the gay bar and lived life openly and proudly are the finest examples of authenticity.  If it comes to some conclusion that Mateen was too weak and insecure to live life free from the strangling sexual codes of conduct put forth by his religion than it only underscores what the leaders of the Islamic faith need to do.  There are untold numbers of gay people who feel oppressed and frightened within the Islamic world and there needs to be a surge towards modernity with this religion and sexuality.

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The murky picture of Orlando gunman Omar Mateen grew more complex Tuesday with word that the FBI is investigating whether he had been a regular at the gay dance club he attacked and had been leading a secret life as a gay man.

As victims described the bloody horror of the massacre during a riveting hospital news conference, investigators continued to gather information on the 29-year-old American-born Muslim — and took a close look at his wife, too — for clues to the attack that left 49 victims dead.

An official who was briefed on the progress of the case but insisted on anonymity to discuss a continuing investigation said authorities believe Mateen’s wife knew about the plot ahead of time, but they are reluctant to charge her on that basis alone.

A number of possible explanations and motives for the bloodbath have emerged, with Mateen professing allegiance to the Islamic State group in a 911 call during the attack, his ex-wife saying he was mentally ill, and his father suggesting he was driven by hatred of gays.

On Tuesday, a U.S. official said the FBI is looking into a flurry of news reports quoting patrons of the Pulse as saying that Mateen frequented the nightspot and reached out to men on gay dating apps. The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Some psychologists raised the possibility that Mateen was sexually conflicted and lashed out against gays, or that he was casing the nightclub for an attack and trying to find victims online.

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