Letters and Politics

Gay Muslim Filmmaker on the Orlando Shooting – June 13, 2016

At least 50 people were killed early Sunday when a gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.  Investigations are trying to decipher whether the assault was an act of terrorism, a hate crime, or both while people around the world are wondering why mass violence keeps happening in America.

Gay Muslim filmmaker Parvez Sharma share his thoughts on the Sunday’s massacre.  Sharma is best known for his two films A Jihad for Love and A Sinner in Mecca.

Then we talk to constitutional scholar David Cole to address the history of Florida’s gun laws and to discuss his latest book: “Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law.”



Parvez Sharma is a New York-based Indian filmmaker and writer.  Sharma’s latest films “A Jihad for Love” and “A Sinner in Mecca.”

David Cole is professor of law at Georgetown University. He is author of “The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable,”  “Less Safe, Less Free,” “Terrorism and the Constitution,” and his latest book “Engines of Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law.”


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