VIDEO: Jimmy Fallon means well, but manages to get absolutely everything about Orlando wrong

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Tuesday June 14th, 2016

Nothing here is what a confused and deceived culture thinks it is.

Unlike a lot of celebrities, I do not think Jimmy Fallon is actively hostile toward the traditions of this nation, nor toward Christianity. I think for the most part he just tries to get along with everyone and finds it easier to go with the flow of the prevailing culture rather than to think too deeply about things.

But either of the two stances - active hostility or passive acceptance - gets you to the same delusional conclusion, which is why Fallon's brief and clearly heartfelt statement about the Orlando shootings from Monday's Tonight Show is both widely celebrated across the Internet and completely and utterly wrong.

Here's what Fallon said:

I know that Fallon means well, but this is just awful. It's awful because its entire premise is that the shooting was caused, at least in part, because America is falling short in the area of tolerating "differences," or respecting those who disagree on this or that. 

No one wants to hear this in the aftermath of such an event, but here's how it is:

There is nothing to learn from this incident. Nothing.

This terrorist did not shoot those people because America is intolerant of gay people. He did not shoot them because Christians quote 1 Corinthians 6. He did not shoot them because a bakery wouldn't bake a gay wedding cake. He did not shoot them because of a law in North Carolina about bathrooms, nor because of people not shopping at Target. He did not shoot them because someone else didn't love enough, nor because America still has a lot to learn about this, that or the other thing.

Everything people need to know about this, we already know: An evil man who espouses an evil ideology murdered 49 people in cold blood because he followed the lead of that evil ideology. This has nothing to do with disagreements or "tolerance." Tolerance by definition means I put up with you even though I have a problem with you. It doesn't mean I'm not allowed to have a problem with you. It just means I don't use that problem as an excuse to do harm to you - and that's exactly as it should be.

If anyone needs to learn anything from this, then that person has been willfully refusing to recognize simple truth. They need to learn that there are completely evil people in our midst, who will kill anyone they want just because they want to. These people have nothing to do with a nation that freely engages in debate and disagreement. They are just plain evil. They are enemies of everyone in this country - except, I suppose, other radical Islamists who sympathize with their cause.

Fallon's problem here is that he seems to think this crime is an occasion for normal Americans to examine themselves and repent of some attitude or shortcoming that in some way contributed to the carnage on Saturday night. This is utter nonsense. Only the murderer and those who share his murderous ideology need to do that. What Americans need to do is become united in opposition to these monsters, not wring our own hands and blame ourselves for the actions of people who are our sworn enemies.

I realize that those steeped in the Hollywood culture would rather die than admit Islam is the problem, which is why they and their left-wing allies in the media and the political class are trying so desperately to call this guy a "home-grown terrorist," as if it's more relevant that he was born in America than it is that he aligns with the ideology of ISIS. That is a delusion that makes them feel better for some reason that's beyond me, when the only thing that would really make a difference would be to go after these bastards and kill them. That was America's attitude after 9/11, but we got tired of the fight and found it more appealing to our sense of moral vanity to wring our hands and blame ourselves for the things our enemy does.

Too bad. I know that most of America is nodding and telling Jimmy Fallon, "Well said." We shouldn't be. We should be spoiling for a fight - and not with each other, although that seems to be the one we're determined to have.

We really were a great country before we started hating reality so much.

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