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In a speech on Monday, Donald Trump is expected to propose the institution of a new, ideological test that immigrants to the United States would be required to take, the Associated Press reports , so as to determine their positions on social issues like religious freedom, gender equality and gay rights. In any case where it cannot perform adequate screenings, the U.S. would not issue a visa. Comment?
"Only weeks ago in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time, the terrorist target: LGBTQ community. Comment?
According to a letter released by the Senate Homeland Security Committee , Omar Mateen checked his phone to see whether "Pulse Orlando" and "shooting" had begun trending on Facebook after he took hostages during his deadly rampage at the gay nightclub on Sunday. Investigators have identified at least five Facebook accounts thought to be associated with Mateen, 29. On one of them, he posted, "America and Russia stop bombing the Islamic state..I pledge my alliance to [its leader] abu bakr al Baghdadi..may Allah accept me." Comment?
At 11:15pm on Monday night, Justin Rice, 40, was arguing loudly with his girlfriend at Bushwick's HappyFun Hideaway , a neighborhood bar with many queer and trans staff and patrons. The bouncer kicked him out and Rice became violent, The New York Daily News and DNAinfo reports. Comment?
Islamic State radio has dubbed Omar Mateen, who killed 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando Sunday, "one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America," the Associated Press reports . Whether ISIS is accepting Mateen's declaration of loyalty as a simple matter of convenience remains an open question, however. Comment?
According to reports on social media and a city official speaking on MSNBC, OneBlood, a local blood center in Orlando, has temporarily lifted the ban on sexually-active gay men donating blood following the deadliest mass shooting in United States history . Men who have had sex with other men within the past year are banned by the FDA from donating blood. Comment?
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