by William Teach | February 12, 2015 6:53 am
Chapel Hill police are pretty sure that the murders occurred over a parking dispute. Obviously, many are immediately jumping to this being a hate crime. Aren’t most murders rather about hate?
(Raleigh N&O) The news spread fast on social media, where many didn’t believe the killer’s motive could be explained by an argument about parking. Relatives were quick to call the slayings of three American Muslims a hate crime. “I mean, who would kill somebody over a parking spot?” said Abdel Kader Barakat, a cousin of Deah Barakat.
People are welcome to their own opinions, but not to their own facts, as the saying goes.
The women’s father, Dr. Mohammad Abu-Salha, who has a psychiatry practice in Clayton, said regardless of what prompted the shooting Tuesday night, Hicks’ underlying animosity toward Barakat and Abu-Salha was based on their religion and culture.
“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Abu-Salha said. “This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.”
Abu-Salha said his daughter, who lived next door to Hicks, wore a Muslim head scarf and told her family a week ago that she had “a hateful neighbor.”
“Honest to God, she said, ‘He hates us for what we are and how we look,’ ” he said.
Is it possible that Craig Hicks hated Muslims? That would be rather inconvenient for Liberals, since he is a hard core Atheist and a big fan of Progressives. However, might it just be that the said parking dispute involved ugly language and behavior, as so many disputes do? Because of you think this murder is unbelievable, perhaps you should know that
That list could go on and on and on. In inner cities, everyone thinks that the majority of murders are about gangs and drugs. In fact, most murders tend to be “motiveless”, essentially being about “disrespect“. This applies to shootings and stabbings, as well.
If it is a “hate crime”, in other words, a thought crime, that would look pretty bad for Atheists and Progressives, eh? But, the simplest explanation is usually the most likely explanation, and killing over a parking dispute is, sadly, entirely believable. That Hicks was an Atheist and the victims Muslims is meaningless. The victims could have been Christians, Jews, heck, other Atheists, and had the same outcome. Of course, this wouldn’t be “worldwide news”, though.
Just to be clear, the point of mentioning that Hicks is an Atheist yesterday was not to blame Atheists, but to point out media bias, since so many avoided mentioning his non-faith faith, unlike if he was a Christian, TEA Party member, Republican, etc.
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