Or I should say, at least in part.
The media is telling us that the horrific shooting in Texas that took 26 lives had "no racial or religious motive." CNN tells us he had a "row with his mother-in-law." Well there you go, he obviously had no religious motive whatsoever!
Except, as CNN also tells us, "But Kelley's mother-in-law was not inside the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs when Kelley sprayed the congregation with gunfire."
If he had a "row with his mother-in-law," why not just shoot her? Why shoot up a church full of innocent people?
Well, it obviously has something to do with the fact that he was a disturbed individual with a history of domestic abuse who had been in a mental institution and dishonorably discharged from the military. But being unstable is basically a prerequisite for mass shooters.
Kelley hated Christians. He made no effort to hide this. His Facebook page had multiple atheist accounts listed who was described by his peers as a "militant atheist." One person noted “He was always talking about how people who believe in God we’re stupid and trying to preach his atheism.” Indeed, it wasn't just his mother-in-law that he had a row with, he "spent the months before his attack 'starting drama' with strangers on Facebook."
If some guy had been talking about how much he despised Islam and how stupid Muslims were for months on and end and then shot up a Mosque, would anyone say he didn't do it for religious reasons because he had a "row with his mother-in-law."
Perhaps that "row" was the trigger to set him off. Perhaps he hated all religion and it just happened to be a church that was nearby. Perhaps. But it is beyond obvious that his victims were targeted, at least in large part, because they were Christians.
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