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Shooter's Father: Gay Punishment Belongs To God (Video)

| by Reve Fisher
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Although the father of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub assassin, does not think his son was radicalized, he stated his son's actions were heinous, in part, because God handles the punishment of gays (video below). 

Seddique Mateen, who moved to the United States with his wife before their children were born, is saddened that his only son is responsible for taking the lives of so many people.

He last saw his son a mere 12 hours before the heinous attack on Pulse Nightclub.

"I didn’t see anything irregular with him," Seddique told ABC News. "I saw him [Saturday] afternoon. It makes me upset, it makes me mad that I didn’t see anything unusual."

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Although Seddique does not believe his son’s actions were a result of radical Islam, Omar allegedly declared loyalty to Islamic state prior to the massacre.

"I think he just wanted to boast of himself," he told the Washington Post. "He doesn’t have a beard even… I don’t think religion or Islam had anything to do with this."

In a Facebook video, Seddique said his son should not have committed such a heinous crime because dealing with homosexuality "belongs to God," according to a translation posted by the Daily Mail.

"The issue of gay punishment and homosexuality belongs to God, and God punishes them for whatever they do," Seddique said. "This does not belong to the slaves of Allah."

Seddique also recalled his son being furious when he saw two men kissing in front of him earlier this year.

In 2013, the FBI first interviewed Omar due to a statement he made regarding radical Islam propaganda. At the time, he was placed under surveillance, but his case was closed due to lack of evidence regarding "suspicious ties." He was again interviewed in 2014, but his case was closed since his ties to a Syrian suicide bomber were deemed "minimal."

"If there’s nowhere else to go, there’s nowhere else to go, and it appears in Mr. Mateen’s case, there was nowhere else to go and they closed it," explained Erroll Southers, a former FBI counterintelligence and terrorism agent, as reported by the Guardian. "That was the appropriate action."

"At this time we're looking at all angles [...]," an FBI official said of the assassin’s motives and religious beliefs. "We do have suggestions that [Omar may have leaned toward] that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively."

Sources: Washington Post, ABC News, Guardian, Daily Mail / Photo credit: ABC News

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