The head of the evangelical law firm that represented Kim Davis has claimed that first responders at last year’s Pulse nightclub shooting have to “get tested for AIDS-related conditions” because of the blood of gay victims.
Christian law firm the Liberty Counsel rose to national prominence in 2015 after providing free legal representation to embattled Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, when she refused to carry out her duties because of same-sex marriage.
The group has more recently been secretly helping Republican lawmakers draft anti-LGBT legislation in a number of states, leading to a wave of anti-LGBT ‘conscience’ bills and ‘bathroom laws’ that exploit transgender issues as an excuse to strip back anti-discrimination protections.
Liberty Counsel exec Mat Staver made shocking claims about the victims of the Pulse gay club massacre on the group’s Faith and Freedom radio show, RightWingWatch reports.
He said: “What we do know for a fact is [the shooter Omar Mateen ] was following ISIS… he was upset that the United States was bombing his countries. He said it in the 911 call, and he did all kinds of things to make it very clear.
“There was a narrative that the Obama administration and local politicians wanted to promote, and it was the rainbow flag, and anti-gay, and it really was a terrorism issue.
“In regards to the Pulse nightclub, as tragic as it is, some of these officers have, no doubt, gone through trauma as well.
“They were going through the Pulse nightclub, it was blood everywhere and now they’re having to get tested for AIDS-related conditions because they’re literally walking in pools of blood.”
His co-host Holly Meade claimed Mateen was “dealing with homosexual sin on his own behalf” and that it “wasn’t anything to do with killing homosexuals”.
Allegations that Mateen used gay apps or had struggled with homosexuality were dismissed by authorities, after an extensive investigation.