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There Is No Second Guessing The Consequences Of Hate

Originally published on kritzmoritz.com

You don’t have to be a victim to understand the tragic consequences of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Florida. Omar Mateen, a trained weapon expert, twice questioned about links to terrorist organisations and as we know now, with mortal degree of internalised homophobia, opened fire at Pulse Night Club, a popular gay club in Orlando killing 50 people and injuring 53 others. He was shot dead by the police.

It bears repeating from information already available the reason that drove him to mass murder. First of all, it wasn’t about religion; his ex wife says he was not a religious man. Secondly, it wasn’t about racism because he was after all the son of an Afghan migrant. The rage that drove this monster to action was, as his father gladly put it, the sight of two men kissing.

Hate has so many shades but none more than the colour of self righteous prigs who think they are doing the world a favour by their actions. There are so many of them masquerading as human beings. Omar Mateen merely operated at a different point in that hateful spectrum but his violent message is no less impactful as say, Donald Trump’s messages of hate in this campaign period, or to bring it further home to Nigeria, the thousands of support this mass murderer has received from Nigerians on the comment sections of some newspapers.

There are 50 dead people because of one man’s revulsion to the sight of men kissing. Whether it is through unforgivable acts of terror as in Orlando or the many mob actions against LGBT people, bottom line is, humanity is at a crossroad and it is time to stop.

Church services have been held in honour of the slain victims. The same churches that spewed hate from the pulpits are no different from ISIS that is beheading and throwing people off high rise buildings. Hate is hate irrespective of who’s doing the hating. Religious groups are driving hate, terror groups, racists and all other groups with unique agenda of what they assume is right.

In Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-sex Marriage prohibition Act into law in a mindless action that played up hate on the altar of politics. Today, he’s calling for a review after leaving office and after dozens of people had been mobbed, blackmailed, abused and driven from their homes. There is no second guessing the consequences of hate. Worse, when you are powerless to undo the damage you’ve done. This needs to stop.

Stay strong, Orlando. The civilized world is with you.


About shakespeareanwalter

Walt Shakes(@Walt_Shakes) is an award-winning Nigerian writer, poet and veteran blogger. He is a lover of the written word. the faint whiff of nature, the flashing vista of movies, the warmth of companionship and the happy sound of laughter.

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7 comments

  1. Obinna Omotayo Jones

    I’m at crossroads here too, I think I need to weigh my words carefully from now on.

  2. There really isn’t. There’s no second-guessing, no predicting, no uncertainty whatsoever. It’s clear: hate is ugly and nothing good can result from it. Yesterday it was Akin. Today it’s the Orlando massacre victims. Tomorrow, it could be anyone, directly or indirectly affected by the prejudice. That’s the thing about hate; it seldom boomerangs only on its intended victim.

  3. It’s my first time here and I love it!

  4. Yes, Goodluck Jonathan did not have a mind of his own. But we all know the hate will continue,even if the bill is passed,the mobbing,blackmail,abuse will continue. Hate is hate.

    • shakespeareanwalter

      Yes. The homophobia will still go on if the law is repealed. But at least LGBT individuals won’t carry on with their lives fearing the hateful prejudice of their countrymen AND going to jail as well.

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