In Orlando, a man with an assault rifle killed 50 LGBT people and injured 53 more in a gay nightclub he used to himself frequent. After murdering these people he rang 911 and pledged his allegiance to Islamic State, which has since applauded his actions. His father was more circumspect and said it was God’s job to punish gays.Religiously entrenched homophobia is rife in orthodox and fundamentalist embodiments of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, around the world. But this hatred is normalised to murderous effect in countries that kill people, now in 2016, for being gay.
There are 10 countries where homosexuality is punished by state enforced execution, the majority of them are Islamic, including Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia. See the Washington Post’s map
The idea that your God would want gay people killed while making one in ten of all of us, atheist, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist etc. gay, is ludicrous to me, that is what this cartoon is about.
Another terrorist attack, the same perpetrators, the same responses. Some suggest we should pray for the victims. This cartoon contemplates that suggestion.
I’ve lost a drawing of a dog I did for a painting, so I’ve been flicking through sketchbooks where I found this picture from the LAST horrific school shooting by an anonymous gun owning American. Not this latest one. Guns do kill people, in so far as where there are more guns there are more deaths, by gun.