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DA seeks death penalty in Chapel Hill shooting of Muslim students

A district attorney in North Carolina will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing three young Muslim-Americans near the University of North Carolina in February, an administrative assistant confirmed to msnbc on Monday.

Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols on Feb. 25 filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against the suspect, Craig Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, the assistant, Candy Clark, told msnbc. A hearing is expected in early April.

Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his three neighbors. A Durham County grand jury also indicted Hicks on one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling…

Related from NYT: Chapel Hill Killer’s Rage Went Beyond Parking Dispute


Atheist at Salon says Chapel Hill shootings weren’t hate crime – would he say the same if Hicks wasn’t an atheist?

…The killings might have passed almost unnoticed in the United States, where, in 2013 alone, there occurred more than 11,000 firearm homicides. But the combination of Hicks’ anti-theism and the Muslim faith of those he slaughtered led to (comprehensible) suspicions that his murder could be classified as a “hate crime,” and sparked a social media campaign that prejudged Hicks’ foul misdeed to be an anti-theistically or atheistically motivated execution.

Local press coverage of the Chapel Hill shooting quickly turned national and then international, with the result that ISIS-abetter Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s crypto-Islamist president, chided President Obama for his silence on it, which apparently prompted the president to wade into the affair with a written declaration that “No one in the United States of America should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship,” when there is still no evidence that that is what happened in Chapel Hill. Egypt’s Islamic Al-Azhar University decried a “terrorist cowardly act” rooted in “racism and Islamophobia.” The Organization of Islamic Cooperation – the same entity pushing in the United Nations for a global law criminalizing “insults” to religions – declared that “This gruesome crime has left Muslims worldwide in a state of shock and has raised concerns of the growing feelings of hatred towards Muslims and the increase of acts linked to Islamophobia in the United States.”

Without checking the books, some journalists rushed into print and backed calls for an investigation into whether Hicks’ murder was a hate crime, and Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered civil rights lawyers at the Department of Justice to do just that. But North Carolina law has no statute that would even allow prosecution of murder as a hate crime. Glenn Greenwald went beyond hate crime, tweeting: “Horrifying: Radical atheist terrorist murders 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill,” which presumes Hicks’ killing qualifies as terrorism. Check out the FBI’s definition of terrorism: Whether Hicks’ atrocity meets the criteria hinges on his motive…

All quite correct. But why do I have the feeling that Salon would not feel the same unless Hicks was an atheist? Suppose he had been a — nominal — Christian? My guess is that they would take a different viewpoint.  The article contains a long rant about Christianity but leaves Islam alone. Generally, they are extremely supportive of Islam, but the involvement of an atheist has thrown them for a loop.


Reader responds to op-ed: ‘America is guilty of fostering hate of Islam’

Enough with ‘phony Islamophobia claims’

Qasim Rashid’s Thursday column in FLORIDA TODAY headlines, “America is guilty of fostering hate of Islam.” A front-page story in last Sunday’s USA TODAY section proclaims, “N.C. murders revive Islamophobia fears.” Where are the stories about atheists, agnostics, Buddhist, Christians, Jews, Hindus and Sikhs beheading or burning Muslims alive?

Rashid ends his column by stating, “Enough is enough.” I agree, enough phony Islamophobia claims, by ill-informed liberals and whining Muslims, is enough. More than enough! Very few Americans have studied Islam. Very few understand that the Quran, like the Bible, with the Old Testament and New Testament, has two phases: Muhammad’s Mecca period and Medina period. The Bible is in chronological order. The Quran is not. Consider the books of the Old Testament and New Testament shuffled together like a deck of cards and you will have a comparison to the Quran’s structure.

Islam is a supremacist religion. Allah’s command to impose his religion on the world is spread throughout the Quran, Sira and Hadith, all considered holy texts by Muslims. “He [Allah] is who sent his messenger with the guidance and the true religion so that he may make it prevail over every other religion,” Surah 9:33.

The Rashid allegation, “Evidence of the rising Islamophobia is demonstrated by the increasing number of anti-sharia laws enacted …”, is pure “taqiyya,” deception, an act sanctioned by Allah. The laws referenced are American Law for American Courts. They prohibit judges from issuing rulings that violate rights guaranteed by our Constitution and state constitutions.

Lee Boyland, Suntree



Could Craig Hicks Have Escaped The Hate Crime Accusation So Easily If He Were Muslim?

Minneapolis says no to islamophobia and racism, honors murdered Chapel Hill students

There’s something to be said about giving a person the benefit of the doubt, particularly in serious matters and especially when it comes to the accusation of committing a hate crime.

Even so, what we’ve seen thus far in the coverage surrounding Craig Hicks, who shot and killed three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, speaks volumes as to the kind of person given the benefit of the doubt – White, straight men – and who does not: everyone else.

While it’s unclear if Hicks’ act was rooted in a noted disdain for Muslims, it is very much apparent that many in the media are invested in making sure the public does not lend credence to such a suggestion…


The Chapel Hill Shooting Was Anything but a Dispute Over Parking

The shooting deaths of three Muslim university students last week in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has ignited a firestorm of debate about the killer’s motives…

….But could it be, some are asking, that Hicks simply snapped? That this was not a hate crime motivated by underlying anti-Muslim animus, but rather was the tragic ending to a simple misunderstanding over noisy neighbors who parked in the wrong space?

The idea that a parking dispute would trigger such senseless violence isn’t farfetched in today’s America. But bringing up things like “parking disputes” in order to avoid conversations about deep-seated prejudices isn’t unheard of, either. In fact, “parking concerns” are a pretext that seems to plague the American Muslim community, especially when mosques are involved.

In November, residents of Des Plaines, Illinois, packed a city council meeting to express their annoyance over a local mosque’s plans to expand its parking lot.

“Mosque parking” has also been a hot-button issue in a Michigan town…

…Craig Stephen Hicks did not kill Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha over a parking spot.

Not in the context of a poisonous climate of anti-Muslim prejudice… Calling the North Carolina murders a “parking dispute” is an abomination. It’s an indicator of the real social cancer tearing apart the soul of this country.

Notice what the writer did here?

1) Started with a description of the crime
2) Mentioned the parking lot dispute
3) Immediately launched into a description of unrelated complaints about parking disputes involving Muslims
4) Segued into general complaints about how awful life is for American Muslims
5) Concluded it must be a “hate crime” and thus the parking lot dispute is not true
6) Ended up talking about “social cancer”


Greenfield: 3 Racist Muslim Terrorist States Say Chapel Hill Shootings Were “Terrorism”

A Chapel Hill parking dispute resulting in a lethal shooting was instantly upgraded to a hate crime, despite the lack of evidence, because the victims, for once, were Muslims and the perp wasn’t.

Now actual Muslim terror states would like to upgrade the shootings to terrorism.

First up is the PLO, an actual terrorist group which pays out money to imprisoned terrorists based on how many Jews they killed…

I thought this would happen.


Police Have No Evidence of ‘Islamophobia’ in Student Shootings, but convincing the Muslim world will be difficult

Police are unable to find any evidence that the murder of three Muslim students was driven by anti-Muslim sentiment:

The Facebook page of Craig Hicks — the man accused of killing three Muslim college students on Feb. 10 — seems to paint a picture of a person who supports an individual’s right to his own beliefs, even as he clearly despises organized religion.

The New York Post reports that ”police said they have yet to uncover any evidence” the students were singled out for the their religion…

Hicks-Screencap-1UPDATE: Chapel Hill Shooter Defended Ground Zero Mosque and Islam

Prediction: If this not classified as a “hate crime” the Muslim world will go nuts. It is receiving coverage worldwide: from Palestine (where the PA wants a role in the investigation) to Saudi Arabia to Qatar to Pakistan to Turkey.

And those are just the countries that have turned up in my Google alerts: most places I am not even checking. It being seen as an attack on Islam itself.

Meanwhile, the leftist media in the Anglo world are pushing the narrative that at a bare minimum, it must have been racist.

But note the differences between the Chapel Hill killing and say, the Charlie Hebdo killings. First off, Craig Hicks did not seem to have planned it. He did not seek out Muslims or people of a different race per se.

He was angry over a local dispute and lost his temper (evidence of his bad temper is considerable). In the Charlie Hebdo case, it was planned and the targets were sought out deliberately: Charlie Hebdo over the cartoons, and Jews were selected because they were Jews.

Secondly, Hicks was not yelling stuff like “Allahu Akbar” while committing the crime. That type of talk points clearly to an Islamist motive.

While his Facebook page showed a strong dislike of religion, he did not single out Islam.   If anything, he seemed to resent Christianity more.  

While there no question that many in the West are fed up with Islamic terrorism and are starting to resent Islam itself, it rarely results in actually killing.  


Democracy Now carries on about Islamophobia, racism and the GOP

Tens of thousands gathered Saturday in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh on Saturday for what organizers are calling one of the largest civil rights rallies in the South since the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. The Mass Moral March is held annually to fight moves by Republican lawmakers to attack voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights.

North Carolina Republicans control the governorship and both houses of the state Legislature. Today, the first official Moral Monday protest of the year will include a “people’s court” to indict them for pursuing policies that have hurt the people of the state.

In an emotional address, two brothers who have lost siblings spoke side by side: Farris Barakat, brother of Deah Barakat, one of three Muslim students killed in Chapel Hill last week in what family members call a hate crime; and Pierre Lacy, brother of Lennon Lacy, an African-American teenager who was found hung to death under suspicious circumstances last year in Bladenboro, North Carolina. It was the ninth Mass Moral March led by our guest, state NAACP President Rev. Dr. William Barber. (Video and transcript at link)

And there’s more: Fear, Inc. 2.0: As Anti-Muslim Incidents Continue, Report Exposes Funders, Pundits of Islamophobia

From a similar site: Chapel Hill means: Stand up, fight back!

USA Today: N.C. shooting spurs talk of Islamophobia: #tellusatoday


Chapel Hill shootings: Ungrievable deaths: The double standards of US media

The author of the article, Bradley Williams

The United States is no stranger to lone-gunman shooting massacres. Happening once every two weeks, they rarely make headlines. The US media confronts them as if inclement weather or major traffic jams. Certain massacres do catch the American attention span for a moment, primarily the gorier of school shootings and bizarre stories, such as the Colorado movie-theatre massacre at the premier of the film Batman in 2011. The carnage occurs at the hands of primarily white, always heterosexual males. Yet, their acts of mass murder are never classified as “terrorism”.

The murder of three Muslim Americans in the state of North Carolina has barely made traction in the mainstream US media. The story is absent from the main pages of the major US media: the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC. The only broadcast medium to carry this story is the religious right-wing mouthpiece, Fox News, never shy about their Islamophobia. In the lower right hand corner of the page reads: “Was ‘hate’ (sic) a motive in the shooting deaths of Muslim students?” The hashtag #Muslimlivesmatter and #callitterrorism is trending on Facebook and Twitter. Al Jazeera and BBC Arabic are covering this story in their main headlines. Where has it gone in the US?

The US media does not know how to frame acts of racist violence against blacks and Muslims in the US. Blacks and Muslims are in the headlines only when they are perpetrators of violence, not victims. As philosopher Judith Butler put it, media “framing” determines whose deaths are “grievable” and whose are not…

A particular stupid piece: I checked NYT last night and left the following comment (Disqus commenting):

“The New York Times has 27 articles on the subject as of Monday, 9:30 PM EST. Ignored? You’re full of it.”


News site in Qatar: Countering Islamophobia

Picture accompanying the article: presumably it shows the author of the article.

The brutal murder of Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusra Abu Salha, 21, and her sister Razan Abu Salha at Chapel Hill was not the first attack on Muslims in US and the West in general. Muslims have been victims of hate crimes and racism since the September 11 incident in New York, and the attacks soared after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. Incidents of Islamophobia have increased 70 percent in France this year, compared to 2014.

Islamophobia manifests itself in newspapers and other media outlets, and takes the form of killings, slaughters and massacres. The ranks of Islamophobes are swelling every day and are joined by political, social, cultural and educational institutions in the West, including government and private organizations. Schools and public institutions have forbidden girls from wearing hijab and extended the rule to mothers accompanying their children to schools, and students are made to eat non-halal meat.

Adherence to a specific religion can prevent you from attaining citizenship. Religion has become a source of intimidation and violence…

…But how can we counter these negative perceptions and their consequences? First of all, we need to remind the West about their double standards.

For this reason, we need to support the solidarity walk being organized by Qatar Foundation today to protest the Chapel Hill massacres. The perpetrators of the attack should be brought to justice…

The perp is already in jail! He will get a long prison sentence, even if it is not judged a hate crime. What makes the Editor-in-Chief of The Peninsula Qatar think there is more than one perp?  

Where are girls forbidden to wear a hijab?  Not in the UK, Canada or the USA.  Where are they forced to eat non-halal meat? Nowhere, that I know of.  I would like to see a case where religion stopped someone from obtaining citizenship. 

Disqus commenting — mine is still there (very brief, it was late last night). 


Erdoğan: Sensitivity for Ukraine not shown for Syria, and Obama wasn’t quick enough to comment on Chapel Hill shootings

As the civil war in Ukraine has left several thousand people dead, the U.S., U.K., France and Germany continuously hold meetings and make visits in an effort to bring a solution to Ukraine, a sensitivity that is not shown for Syria where 350,000 people have been killed, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said…

While returning to Turkey, Erdoğan spoke to journalists on his presidential plane, questioning world powers’ inactivity and silence on Syria and their intention of continuing the process with Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.

“Aren’t we going to say anything? We expect [the West’s] sensitivity on Ukraine to be shown for Syria and Egypt. A coup took place in Egypt, and these countries supported the coup plotters,” Erdoğan said, criticizing the world’s silence on war-torn Syria.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday condemned the “brutal and outrageous” execution-style murders of three Muslim students in North Carolina at the hands of a neighbor who espoused anti-religious views. Obama’s statement came just a day after Erdoğan urged him to take a firm stand against the killing of the Muslims.

“Why are you still keeping silent?” Erdoğan asked, stressing that he has been waiting to hear from Obama on the incident, which he called an “act of cruelty.”

When asked about his words for Obama, Erdoğan said it is for people to judge whether his words were “harsh or mild” and added that if an incident happens in any country, “obviously” the president of that country will be the first to address his words. “For instance, if these murders took place in our country, we would not keep silent for days.

When the U.S. embassy in Ankara was bombed, we did our part and shared all the information, including that on the DHKP/C [Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party–Front] with the U.S. This is what strategic partnership requires, and we expect the same from them,” he said…

WTF?  Concern over the Ukraine is largely due to the fact that the Ukraine is very close to Europe in terms of geography.

As for Syria, it your neighbour, not Europe’s.  What has the Muslim world done about it? Nothing.  Except arm or encourage their favourite side.

And Obama was not quick enough to grovel before the Muslim world?  And what does he mean about sharing information?  He expects the USA to bring in foreign powers to solve a domestic case with no connection whatsoever to Turkey?

Egypt? There seems to a split of opinion in the Muslim world itself.  Naturally we should align ourselves with the new Sultan of Turkey.  Perhaps he can become a new Caliph?

Classic overbearing, arrogant blowhard Erdoğan.


Organization of Islamic Cooperation concerned over ‘rising U.S. Islamophobia’

A pan-Muslim body condemned Saturday the murders of three Muslim students in the United States by a neighbor who espoused anti-religious views, voicing concerns over what it said was increased “Islamophobia” in the country.

Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Mohammad, 21, and her sister Razan, 19, were shot dead on Tuesday in the North Carolina university town of Chapel Hill.

A 46-year-old neighbor, Craig Stephen Hicks, has been charged with three counts of murder over the killings, which sparked outrage among Muslims worldwide.

Police said they are investigating what may have been a parking dispute gone wrong, but have not ruled out a hate-based crime.

Relatives of the victims say they are convinced they were targeted because of their faith.

“This gruesome crime has left Muslims worldwide in a state of shock and has raised concerns of the growing feelings of hatred towards Muslims and the increase of acts linked to Islamophobia in the United States,” said Iyad Madani, secretary general of the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

In a statement on the official news agency of Saudi Arabia, where the OIC is based, he urged the U.S. government to take measures to protect society there from “negative images, discrimination, and stereotyping that contradict the core values of the American society.”

Madani also called for international cooperation to fight “extremism, violence, and religious intolerance, as well as hate crimes and (acts) that incite them”…

This group is leading the charge to implement blasphemy laws in the West.

Haven’t had enough? Iran’s PressTV has two for you:

‘Islamophobia in US rising to 9/11 levels’

‘Media promote Islamophobia in US’


If Chapel Hill is a “Wake Up Call” for Atheism, When is the Wake Up Call for Islam?

The Islamopologist paradigm widely practiced by the mainstream media is that Muslims should never ever be held responsible for Muslim terrorist attacks carried out in the name of Islam. They should not have to apologize for them, disassociate themselves from them or cooperate with the FBI. We should be ashamed for even thinking it.

After Hicks, a lefty atheist who hated Christians (not so much Muslims), shot 3 Muslims over an ongoing parking dispute in Chapel Hill, the media now claims that atheists have to engage in a moral reckoning or apologize for something.

Typical is the blather of the Gawkerized New Republic’s “The Chapel Hill Murders Should Be a Wake-Up Call for Atheists”.

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig spends nine miserable paragraphs on empty blather about the New Atheism, without actually ever once showing that

1. Hicks shot the Muslims because he was an atheist

2. Bill Maher and Sam Harris tell atheists to kill Muslims…

It’s worth looking at The New Republic article, although I can hardly believe they are printing this drivel. They include a chart showing the groups that dislike each other the most are atheists and evangelical Christians:



Counterpunch: A Lynching in Chapel Hill

In the age of Trayvon Martins, Michael Browns, Eric Garners, the right to move freely, to be treated with equal human rights, is not a tangible reality for people viewed as non-white.

Movies like American Sniper, which promote the dehumanization of Muslims (especially Arabs), fan the flames of racial and religious hatred, extending beyond hateful epithets to admitted desires to murder Arabs.

The killing of three Muslims in Chapel Hill is immediately related to the racial and religious aspects of white culture in the US, and the inability of the left to effectively respond…

…On the most basic level, however, the claim to criticize equally the arrogance of all religions, as pretended to by Charlie Hebdo, Richard Dawkins, and Craig Stephen Hicks, alike, ultimately plays into the power dynamics that feed those who wish to prey on the most vulnerable among us…

If the young family members were WASPs, would the parking dispute have ended in triple homicide?…

It might well have. Crimes like this occur all the time. The only reason this is receiving so much publicity is because the victims were Muslims.


Chapel Hill shooting: American Sniper ‘behind rise in Islamophobia in US’, says leading Arab advocate

One of the leading advocates for Arab-Americans has hit out at the lack of coverage received by the killing of three young Muslims in North Carolina, describing it as symptomatic of an American Sniper-inspired rise in Islamophobia.

Abed Ayoub, the legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), said the film industry, US government and right-wing political commentators all had a role to play in the recent surge in anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiment…

When asked if the reaction would have been different if the victims had not been Muslims, Mr Ayoub told The Independent: “Absolutely 100 per cent this would have been covered differently if the roles were reversed.

“This country needs to realise that acts of terrorism are not confined to a single religion or ethnicity,” he said. “This [Islamophobia] is something that needs to stop and we would like the media to pay more attention and cover this more to show the impact of hate crime and hate speech”…

Iran’s PressTV immediately noticed this and put out their own piece.

Meanwhile, RT (Russia Today) had this to say: Scarce MSM coverage of Chapel Hill shootings shows true extent of accepted Islamophobia

We have already posted on Turkey: Turkey’s Erdogan chides Obama for silence on Chapel Hill Muslim murders