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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lone Wolf Terrorists and Those That Motivate Them

Stephen Hicks, 46,  has been charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of three Muslim students in North Carolina. All three Muslims were students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hicks apparently shot all three "execution style." Although police claim that the shooting arose out of a dispute over a parking space, there is evidence that Hicks may have been motivated by his liberal, anti-religious beliefs. The Daily Mail article cited to above reports:
On a Facebook page in his name, Hicks shared a number of anti-religion posts, describing himself as a supporter of 'Atheists for Equality'. A banner about 'anti-theism' is prominent on his page. 
Hicks posted a photo from United Atheists of America on February 8, which has the title 'why radical Christians and radical Muslims are so opposed to each others’ influence when they agree about so many ideological issues'.  
On the page he is listed as married and having studied to become a paralegal at Durham Technical Community College. Records show his wife works at UNC Hospital. 
Most of the pictures he has posted in recent months criticize a number of religions, including Christianity.  
Other recent pictures he has published include one of a loaded revolver.  
In one post allegedly written by Hicks and shared by CNN, he wrote: 'When it comes to insults, your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I.'
Patrick Poole also reports:
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.
As Glenn Reynolds observes, this is not the first time the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has been linked to a mass shooting. The SPLC produced a "hate map" that was used by Floyd Lee Corkins to select the Family Research Council as a target of a terrorist attack on August 15, 2012.

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