Graphic video and stills of gay men being thrown from a tall building to their deaths by ISIS have gone viral this week, giving us the chance to practice the White House’s approved wording in such situations. That is, the brutality and intolerance on display isn’t an example of radical Islam in practice; rather, the gruesome executions are an example of “violent extremism based on a warped view of Islam.” It’s complicated.
#ISIS throwing 2 gay men off of a tall building to their deaths is maddening. Unacceptable how backwards they are in the 21st century.
— Stephen (@saribalis) January 15, 2015
ISIS threw two men off a rooftop to their death as a punishment for being gay. Religion of peace, though.
— 𝚊𝚗𝚗𝚊 (@thesejoyousdays) January 16, 2015
Daily Beast proves own point in story about strategy behind images of barbarous Isis executions of gay men in Iraq pic.twitter.com/LUYym6jPhb
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) January 16, 2015
Next time someone says Mohammed cartoons are *so* offensive, show 'em this pic of ISIS throwing gay men off a roof. http://t.co/MjU9Bsgboc
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) January 16, 2015
— GIDITRAFFIC (@Gidi_Traffic) January 17, 2015
Wow, check out how many #GayLivesMatter demonstrators turned out to quietly protest the killings.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) January 16, 2015
— 👽 (@SymJammy) January 17, 2015
— Deus Ex Mushina (@MushKat) January 17, 2015
We’re not sure how George W. Bush, Guantanamo Bay, or the Charlie Hebdo cartoons managed to promote this warped view of Islam, but it’s time for James Taylor to intervene as soon as possible.