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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Do We Have a Gay Terrorist Problem?

The recent terrorist attacks in Orlando, Florida and Nice, France share a disturbing link -- it seems that both killers were bisexual Muslims. Is this an aberration or is this to be expected? Since homosexual and bisexual men make up no more than 2-5% of the male population, we would expect no more than 2 out of 40 to 100 terrorist attacks to be perpetrated by gays. Since we generally don't hear about the proclivities of most dead terrorists, we don't know if some of the others also share this attribute with the Orlando and Nice killers. The extent of a gay terrorist problem could be even higher.

What we do know is that mental illness is also a common attribute among mass murders and that up until 1973 homosexuality was listed as a mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Its declassification was not based on any peer reviewed science, rather it was a political vote.

Despite this questionable declassification, markers of mental illness such as suicide and serial killing are much higher in the LGBT community than in the general population.  The list of notorious killers who were homosexuals includes Jeffery Dahmer and John Wayne Gacy. One study discovered that 43% of serial killers were gay.

The unexpectedly high incidents involving these gay killers should attract some attention. However, in our modern PC world any negative observations about the gay community is consider to be hateful, bigoted, and homophobic. I highly doubt that we will be seeing the New York Times doing an investigative inquiry into this apparent problem.

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