The tragedy in Florida Sunday morning has rocked our country. At least 50 people were killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub—the largest death toll from gun violence in US history. The shooter was allegedly acting in the name of ISIS, though this is not yet confirmed. It is also not yet confirmed that this was a hate crime against the LGBT population, but on Pride weekend, at a gay club, it is hard not to draw those connections. The questions inevitably arise: what are the limits of freedom of speech and freedom of religion? How do we, as empathetic, tolerant citizens, make distinctions between a fanatic vs. the religion a fanatic aligns with? How do we get a clear picture of the larger story with so many news outlets pushing so many different angles? And how can the law guide our emotional responses? Continue reading “Orlando Shooting – Hate Crime or Terrorism?”

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