Loretta Lynch, Black Lives Matter Blame Intolerance, Not Islamic Terrorism, For Orlando Massacre

By Jeannette Richard | June 22, 2016 | 2:58pm EDT
Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a news conference in Orlando on June 21, 2016 regarding the June 12 massacre at the city's Pulse nightclub. (AP photo)


(CNSNews.com) -- U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch made no mention of radical Islam in her remarks about the June 12 massacre at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday, instead blaming “hatred and intolerance” in American society for the nation's deadliest mass shooting.

In a 9-1-1 call to Orlando Police, shooter Omar Mateen - a 29-year-old Muslim who killed 49 people and wounded 53 others - described himself as an “Islamic soldier” and said he had pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

But the transcripts of Mateen’s calls during the shooting spree, which Lynch released to the public on Monday morning, were missing his references to Islam, and the portion of the call where Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS was edited out.

However, after a public outcry, the full transcripts were released by the FBI late Monday afternoon.

Lynch made no specific mention of Mateen’s reference to the radical Islamic terrorist group and said investigators may never pinpoint a single motive for the bloody attack, although she did refer to the shooting as "clearly an act of terror and an act of hate."

She added that "our most effective response to terror and hatred is compassion, unity and love." 

“The message of Orlando that I have seen today – and what the American people have seen in the wake of this horrific assault – is a message of determination to remove hatred and intolerance from our midst...,” Lynch said.

“I am deeply moved by the way that this community – and our national community – has stood together in support of one another, in defiance of terror and in defense of our most cherished ideals,” she continued.

“And let us be clear, those ideals include the understanding that our diversity makes us stronger – and that no matter who we are, what we look like, where we are from, or whom we love, this extraordinary nation belongs to us all.”

The activist group Black Lives Matter went even farther in shifting blame from radical Islam to America’s supposed intolerance of diversity, blaming “white-supremacy, patriarchy, and homophobia” for the Pulse attack.

“Despite the media’s framing of this as a terrorist attack, we are very clear that this terror is completely homegrown, born from the anti-Black white supremacy, patriarchy and homophobia of  the conservative right and of those who would use religious extremism as a weapon to gain power for the few and take power from the rest,” the group said in a press release after the shooting.


“Those who seek to profit from our deaths hope we will forget who our real enemy is, and blame Muslim communities instead. But we will never forget.”

“Homegrown terror is the product of a long history of colonialism, including state and vigilante violence. It is the product of white supremacy and capitalism, which deforms the spirit and fuels interpersonal violence...

“We need a world that realizes that the word ‘terrorist’ is not synonymous with Muslim, any more than ‘criminal’ is synonymous with Black. The enemy is now and has always been the four threats of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, and militarism. These forces and not Islam create terrorism. These forces, and not queerness, create homophobia.”

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