Once again we are reminded of the power of religious fervor. John Knox would no doubt recognize the signs which were evidenced in the perpetrator of the recent mass murder:
He considered the war on terror a “war on Islam” and himself a Muslim first and an American second; he thought Muslims had the right to stand up to the “aggressor” in the Middle East and is suspected of posting things online about the selfless heroism of jihadist suicide bombers; he was placed on probation for proselytizing about Islam to patients and colleagues and was sufficiently devout that he refused to have his picture taken with women; he once used a lecture at a medical conference as an opportunity to discuss how the Koran orders decapitation for infidels; and, oh yes, he yelled “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire.
Please, for those who are claiming that this person simply snapped because of PTSD–though he had never been in combat himself–is to make themselves foolish by ignoring the obvious: Islam was a contributing factor. Were there other things at play? Well, few things are straightforward and completely simple, including this. Nonetheless, the bottom line is that all of the evidence which has arisen to date (at least that which the general public is privy to) places this person in the same category as the 9/11 hijackers, the Fort Dix six, and various other individuals who have seen fit to make a horrible mess in the house of their hosts because of allegiance (misplaced or otherwise) to a belief which calls for the eradication of those who disagree.
Here’s hoping that the truth is permitted to come out, no matter how messy and non-politically correct it may be.