Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Chapel Hill suspect's wife says murders not about religion
Three students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill were recently murdered "execution style" by forty-six year old Craig Hicks. Apparently, the heinous act was sparked not by some racial discrimination, but rather a dispute over a parking space. Mr. Hicks had posted several comments on Facebook in support of atheism and critical of religion. Citizens have the right to freely practice religion, and I think this will probably go down as a hate crime; a murder based on the discrimination of a specific religion.
There has been a sort of global outrage on social media regarding these murders in not only the United States, but also Egypt and many Middle Eastern countries. Abed Ayoub, a member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe, posted a tweet calling the Chapel Hill murders an act of terrorism. As the story became more popular, many people began tweeting things like, "Muslims only newsworthy when behind a gun. Not in front [of] it."
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Do you believe these murders were based on the hatred of religion or an ongoing dispute over a parking space?
Can the murders be viewed as an act of terrorism, or is it somewhat blown out of proportion?
Is there a sense of racial/religious discrimination in the United States?
Posted by William Miyahira at 11:00 PM