The Quran wasn’t the only source of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s hatred towards gays. When we look at his father’s public statements, it’s becoming increasingly clear it runs in the family.
The Taliban sympathizer has come public about his son’s actions – and his only complaint seems to be that Allah didn’t kill them for him.
CBS News reported In a Facebook posted early Monday, Seddique Mateen says his son was well-educated and respectful to his parents, and that he was “not aware what motivated him to go into a gay club and kill 50 people.”
The elder Mateen says he was saddened by his son’s actions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
He then adds: “God will punish those involved in homosexuality,” saying it’s, “not an issue that humans should deal with.”
He also states that his son was a “very good boy” who “respected his wife.” Considering that he routinely beat his wife, perhaps he was “respectful” by Quranic standards.
The statement, and previous videos by Seddique Mateen, lend some insight into the environment in which his U.S.-born son was raised.
Seddique Mateen hosts a program on a California-based satellite Afghan TV station, aimed at the Afghan diaspora in the in the U.S., called the “Durand Jirga Show.”
A senior Afghan intelligence source tells CBS News correspondent Lara Logan that the show is watched by some in people in Afghanistan but the primary audience is ethnic Pashtun Afghans living in the U.S. and Europe.
Watch the video below. It has already been removed from Facebook.
While his father says he doesn’t know what caused this kind of hatred in his heart, I think the rest of us have a pretty good idea of the cause.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]