After every heinous act like this, there are people who say don’t politicize the issue, who want to talk solely in expressions of condolence, love, light, thought, prayers — the usual suspects of platitudes that are delivered after a political act such as this; and then want to only have it as if it could possibly be removed from a broader political conversation, and it can’t.

This society — our culture — has got to do away with the idea that something political is bad. It is not. There is nothing in your life that is not political — least of all a political attack on a group of people for what their faith is. You cannot divorce this from politics. There is absolutely no way you can talk about this act without engaging a politic, and if you try, that in itself is a politic.