Atheism

Atheist extremist shoots dead 3 Muslims in their homes

The atheist in question was a fan of both Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. Will all atheists be required to now stand up and condemn this man, as well as being collectively held responsible, as would be the case if the shooter-terrorist happened to be a Muslim? The latest shootings don’t come as a surprise, nor does it come out of the blue, but is the direct result of a toxic Islamophobic atmosphere that continues to be pushed by several groups and persons, including the likes of Dawkins and Harris. With Islamophobia becoming more and more mainstream, expect more and more such similar attacks to occur.

The Independent

A family of three young Muslims has been shot dead in their home in a quiet neighbourhood of North Carolina in the US.

Police have named the victims as 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19.

Officers were called to reports of gunshots at 5.11pm at an apartment block largely housing academics and young professionals on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill.

The victims were found shot dead at the scene, while some residents described not even being aware there was an incident until police arrived. Sources told local WRAL News that all three had been shot in the head.

A 46-year-old man, named by police as Craig Stephen Hicks, has been arrested on suspicion of three counts of first-degree murder.

Hicks described himself as an atheist on Facebook and posted regular images and text condemning all religions. Police said he handed himself in last night.

In a statement released on Wednesday morning (local time), Chapel Hill Police said that a preliminary investigation suggested the crime was “motivated by an ongoing neighbour dispute over parking”.

Police chief Chris Blue called the killing “senseless and tragic” and said the force’s “thoughts are with the families and friends of these young people who lost their lives so needlessly”.

He said: “We understand the concerns about the possibility that this was hate-motivated and we will exhaust every lead to determine if that is the case.”

The shooting has been met with an outpouring of anger on social media, where people posting new pictures of the victims studying and playing basketball claimed they had been “murdered execution style”.

Some compared the incident to the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris, and others called on Barack Obama and senior religious figures to condemn the attacks.

An American football and basketball fan, Mr Barakat was believed to be a dental student at the University of North Carolina and volunteered with a charity providing emergency dental care to children in Palestine.

He regularly posted on Twitter, and wrote in January: “It’s so freaking sad to hear people saying we should ‘kill Jews’ or ‘kill Palestinians’. As if that’s going to solve anything.”

UNC officials said Mr Barakat and Yusor Abu-Salha got married less than two months ago, in late December. She had been planning to begin her own dental studies in Chapel Hill this autumn.

The three victims were recently pictured together at the graduation of Yuzor’s sister, Razan, who ran a blog showing her interest in photography and art.

She had started a degree at North Carolina State University last summer, studying Architecture and Environmental Design, and her Twitter biography read: “I like buildings and other stuff.”

A community Facebook page set up in the memory of the three victims, called “Our Three Winners”, thanked people for their support and said it would carry “official announcements”.

While it was not immediately clear if it was set up by the family, it carried news that funeral arrangements would follow pending an update from the medical examiner.

“It sorrows us all to see what has happened here today,” another statement read. “Please rely on each other and remember these beautiful souls in your happy thoughts. Their faith meant a lot to them, and it is in fact what helps us all feel at peace with the tragedy of their murder.”

Last night, police were forced to turn away people claiming to be family members at the scene of the crime, saying that they would not be able to confirm any more details until Wednesday.

Kristen Boling, a UNC student who lives in the building where the shooting took place, told the Daily Tarheel she had been home since 3.45pm but didn’t see or hear anything until police arrived.

“It was a regular day when I got off the bus,” she said. “Now it’s chaos and confusion and they’re not telling us what’s going on..”

Another resident, Bethany Boring, said: “It’s a really quiet community, a lot of graduate students, professionals and families. I thought it was pretty safe.”

The university reportedly put out an alert message to students last night saying that counselling services had been made available. “We know many of you may be feeling unsettled by this news,” it said.

9 replies »

  1. INNAL’LILLAHI WA’INNA ILAIHI RA’JEUN.

    Hate Crime on the rise!! Islamophobia on the rise!!
    I am just sick tired to see my fellow Muslim brethren being treated as third-class citizen and massacred, maimed and mutilated and also colossal abuses of human rights are routinely carried out against them in the western countries.

    MAY ALLAH GRANT JANNAT-UL-FIRDAUS to all these three Muslims. Aameen.

    #MUSLIMLIVESMATTER

      • I do not support killings of innocent and provocation and spread of hatred.
        Your comment has shown one thing that you justified the assasination of these 3 Muslims who were University students.

  2. Except the police report stated quite clearly he shot him over a parking space.

    In this day and age muslims can murder and rape across then entire world openly claiming it was done in the name of Islam and the media will defend them saying they aren’t truly Islamic.

    But here when a single atheist does it for a parking space the media jumps on it calling it a hate crime even though the police report makes it quite clear IT WAS FOR A PARKING SPACE.

    The logic the media has displayed is essentially “Look he’s an atheist, atheists criticize religion, therefore this was religiously motivated.” Of course he’s made anti-religious posts, he’s an atheist. Liberals insist muslims promoting their religion is not dangerous and has no baring on terrorism, yet this atheist promoting his lack of religion somehow does. The hypocrisy is astounding. Almost as astounding as msnbc bringing on some cunt to argue that it was, provide no evidence for this opinion, and have her make a point to mention that he was white.

    I’m not even white or a Republican but I’m getting tired of this liberal media bullshit.

    • NO INNOCENT SOUL SHOULD BE KILLED. Parking Space is a sheer lie. That man’s activities clearly indicates that he hates Muslims. Because if it was for a parking, why did he killed the two women?? I am very well aware of monumental hypocrisy & double standards of western media. You cannot blink the fact of rising Islamophobia in Europe and America.

      #MUSLIMLIVESMATTER

  3. The man is not reported to have shouted any slogan – if he shot them this unfortunate family. He has yet to be convicted of the offence. If he had shouted “there is no Allah” the action could be compared to the volient acts committed by those who shout in Arabic “God is great”. You might as well ask all neighbours be required to now stand up and condemn this man who is described as a neighbour!

    By posing this comment simple anti-atheism is displayed. An example of atheistophobia!

    Roy Saich

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