Orlando Gunman's Father Says Son Was Angered By Gays Kissing, Not Motivated By Religion
The father of Omar Mateen, the shooter of a gay nightclub in Orlando, said in a statement to NBC news he believes his son was not motivated by religion, but by the anger he felt when he saw two gay men kissing.
Seddique Mir Mateen told NBC News his son saw two men kissing in downtown Miami a couple of months ago, which he believes caused the shooting to happen. He apologized "for the whole incident" and is "in shock like the whole country." He also said, in regard to speculation that his son reportedly pledged to ISIS while on the phone with 911 before the attack, "this has nothing to do with religion."
A mass shooting is always heartbreaking. But a mass shooting at a gay club at the height of Pride Month is something else entirely.