Craig Stephen Hicks, 46 of North Carolina murdered three Muslim students, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, Yusor Mohammad, 21, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19 execution style according to reports. Hicks is a militant atheist according to his facebook which is littered with atheist propaganda and religious hate. He wrote on his page, “When it comes to insults, your religion started this, not me. If your religion kept its big mouth shut, so would I.” The investigation is ongoing and authorities are indicating that this may have been a hate crime.
I will update this post as more information comes in.
|Post from Hicks’ Facebook showing his Militant Atheism|
According to news reports, atheist Craig Stephen Hicks was known in his residential complex as being an angry tenant always complaining about parking spaces and harassing others. Last year, a meeting was held regarding his behavior. The father (Mohammad Abu-Salha) of one of the slain said that Hicks would harass the victims due to their religious garb and often intimidated them by walking to them with his handgun visible. However, Ripley Rand who is the district attorney said that the shooting seems to be an isolated incident. Nevertheless, the local police are not convinced and are still investigating the possibility that Hicks’ actions were based on religious hate. The FBI has also stepped in to investigate the incident as a hate crime.
Thousands attended the funerals of the three victims and are calling for a charge of religious hate against Craig Hicks. Hicks’ page is full of the typical atheist nonsense meant to stir a response and offend others. In contrast, Yusor Abu-Salha and Barakat who were married recently often spent their time helping the homeless and even raised money to help Syrian refugees. They planned to go this summer to Turkey to undertake this endeavor. Hicks instead used this Facebook to voice his hatred for religion and religious people. He was described as “..very angry..” according to Samantha Maness who lives in the complex. Hicks’ ex-wife described his as being out of touch with his emotions and did not response appropriately to movies that dealt with sensitive issues.
Richard Dawkins who is an idol of Craig Hicks spoke out condemning the attacks. His doing so places an emphasis on the atheistic beliefs of Hicks since this is what Dawkins espouses. Dawkins took to twitter to condemn the attacks despite spewing hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric. It seems that he is trying to deflect attention that perhaps his views may have influenced Hicks hatred for Muslims and Christians.