March 21, 2013

Report: Dark Knight Shooter Now Muslim

I have often posited that it is difficult for sane people to live with evil deeds. It creates not cognitive, but a moral dissonance within us. The Nazis tried to convince themselves that killing Jews was a good thing. Terrorists try to convince themselves that the innocents killed weren't really innocent, but compliment actors in some great global conspiracy against them.

You get the point. In order to live with obvious fact that what we've done is evil, we tell ourselves a story -- try to convince ourselves -- otherwise.

Up until now I've only supposed that this was true in the case of the sane. Sociopaths don't need to convince themselves that what they've done wasn't evil because they are beyond that part of human sentiment which connects us to other people.

I guess I was wrong:

James Holmes, the gunman behind the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado last July, has reportedly turned Muslim and prays five times a day....

The source said Holmes has turned to Islam as a way of justifying his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, Colorado cinema on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded.

'He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,' a prison source told the National Enquirer.

I've often said that insane and terrorist are not mutually exclusive categories. Meaning that a person can be driven to evil deeds by a pinch of the crazy mixed with a cup of Salaafi jihadism.

But that is based on the notion that these two things caused the evil action. They precede the action.

What we have here is a case of a crazy person doing something evil, and then after the fact turning to an evil ideology in order to justify it.

It's something for my Salaafi readers to think about (I'm looking at you Omar): if what you believe in isn't evil, then why is your philosophy being used to justify evil?

If we have the timeline correct here and Holmes turned to a particularly onerous version of Islam in jail, I also have to wonder what is going on in Colorado? Who is preaching this brand of Islam to Omar? He had to have learned it somehow, right? Is there an Imam who is preaching this to inmates? Is the Imam receiving a public salary? Is there Salaafi literature in the library?

Remember, if Colorado is like most other states then Holmes isn't in prison, he's in County lockup while awaiting trial. So, what the hell is going on at the facility Holmes is at?

Thanks to FAB.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 11:24 AM | Comments |