This is a tragedy, but it catches the eye because of the habit of New Atheists to delight in the evil committed by individual Christians - as if the lasting capacity for such evil was not proof, and a core teaching, of Christianity.
Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive
A horrific triple homicide was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently targeted by a deranged anti-religion progressive.The News & Observer reports:Police charged a Chapel Hill man Wednesday with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in a quiet neighborhood near Meadowmont just south of N.C. 54.Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, is being held in the Durham County Jail on three counts of first-degree murder.Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh.Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students. Chapel Hill police found all three victims dead at the scene, after responding to a report of gunshots on Summerwalk Circle at 5:11 p.m. Tuesday.The neighborhood, adjacent to the Friday Center, is mostly rental apartments and modest condominiums. It rarely appears in reports of crime in Chapel Hill. Police worked early into the morning trying to piece together what happened. Police have not offered a motive for the shootings.[UPDATE: Chapel Hill police are now saying the shooting may be related to a parking dispute. Thanks to tarheelkate in the comments.]According to other reports, Barakat and Abu-Salha were just married a few weeks ago. She had recently graduated from NC State, and he was a UNC dental student.A review of the Facebook page of the man charged in these murders, Craig Hicks, shows a consistent theme of anti-religion and progressive causes. Included in his many Facebook “likes” are the Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Freedom from Religion Foundation, Bill Nye “The Science Guy,” Neil deGrasse Tyson, gay marriage groups, and a host of anti-conservative/Tea Party pages.Remarkably, one of the four Facebook groups he had joined was “Religious Tolerance.”Just a few weeks ago he had posted this to his Facebook page:
On the Unbelievable? Facebook page that I participate in, there are New Atheists who are claiming that since the atheist is from North Carolina, he must be a racist, not an atheist.
As if the two were mutually exclusive.
As if that kind of reasoning wasn't as bad as racism.
ABC manages to ignore the ethical/political background of the killer.