By Abraham H. Miller, Originally published in the New York Observer
The vast majority of us have family, friends, or acquaintances who are gay. In the aftermath of Omar Mateen massacring gays for being gay, our sensibilities and compassion should naturally extend to all gay people and especially those with whom we are close.
The motivation behind an act of terrorism is to instill mortal fear in everyone who shares the identity of the victims. In an act of terrorism, all victims are interchangeable. Death is a matter of chance. Death is anonymous and plundered of meaning.
Mass killings are an attempt to make the life of an individual insignificant. From the mass graves created by genocidal maniacs to the crematoria of the Holocaust, the ultimate and final desecration of people’s humanity is to wipe away the meaning of their lives by trivializing their death.