ClarionProject: A fascinating interview with Dr. Michael Wilner on homosexuality, pornography and Islamist terror, including takes on the Orlando attacker.
Clarion Project: The FBI says there is no evidence that Omar Mateen (who attacked the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando killing 49 and wounding 53 people) had a homosexual relationship, although attendees of the gay club say they’ve seen him there. What’s your take, as a doctor, on the possible connection between Islamist extremism, homosexual inclinations and Islamist terrorism?
Dr. Welner: Ideological mass killings in the name of Islam are carried out principally by young men proving a commitment to their faith and who idealize destructive violence as a grand vehicle for doing so.
The rewards of such ultimate sacrifice are particularly manipulated in an age group struggling with sexual deprivations so highlighted in traditional Islam.
Apart from relating to sex as unclean, Islam vehemently rejects homosexuality and condemns gays to death. Is bisexual curiosity or even experimentation necessarily incompatible with terrorism among the devout?
Precedent would demonstrate that it is not.Osama bin Laden, for all of his reputation of piety, was found to have a cache of pornography. Yasser Arafat, as noted by intelligence leaders from Romania and the United States, maintained a voracious homosexual appetite and, simultaneously, religious support for the waves of suicide bombing he organized in the name of martyrdom.
The key to both was the denial of their sexual indiscretions. Denial is very much a part of Muslim culture and of how men in particular relate to personal flaws. more