A Horrific Crime You Will Probably Hear Little About

Craig Hicks



May the souls of the three murder victims rest in peace.  You probably won’t hear much about this crime:


Police say a dispute over a parking space spurred the murder Tuesday of three North Carolina college students, but the Muslim father of two of the victims insisted Wednesday that his daughters’ neighbor and alleged killer had menaced them before and was driven by hate.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after turning himself in to police in Chapel Hill overnight. Although a Facebook page in Hicks’ name that described him as a supporter of “Atheists for Equality” and blasted “radical Christians and radical Muslims” for causing strife in the world prompted rampant suspicion the crime was motivated by hate, police said Wednesday it was about a parking space at the condominium complex where the murders took place.

Those killed were Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Raleigh, N.C. resident Razan Abu-Salha, Chapel Hill Police said in a statement.


Three Victims

Go here to read the rest.  Hicks was an atheist and a left wing loon as his Facebook page, now taken down, indicates.  Here are some of his likes:

The Huffington Post; The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (Official); Bill Nye The Science Guy; Sarah Silverman; Penn & Teller: Bullshit!; Militant Atheism for the Soul; The Anti-Theist; Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off; Atheist Uprising; Stop FB’s Unfair Treatment of Atheist Pages, Content and Profiles; Science: The Magic of Reality; LGBT / Atheist Alliance; Militant Atheism; Scary Bible Quote of the Day; The Extreme Atheist; Science or STFU; Abrahamic Insanity; Neil deGrasse Tyson; Sam Harris; Iranian atheist/agnostic movement; Confronting Ignorance In Religion; World Atheists: Lets Kick Islam and Christianity out of Africa; Religion Must End; Merry christmyth; Pass The 28th Amendment – Complete Removal Of The Church From The State; Hammer the Gods; The LGBT Pink Panthers Movement; The Rachel Maddow Fan Page; Pissing Off The Religious Right; Keep your Bible out of our Vaginas; Mitt Romney Sucks; Separation of Church and State; Southern Poverty Law Center; LGBT Equality World Wide; Anti-Theists, Activist Atheists Fighting Religion; Still here? Silly Christians; Real Men are Kind to Animals; Dogs are family; Have A Gay Day; Kentuckians Against the War on Women; LGBT Activism; Jesus McChrist; Stop Animal Cruelty Groups/ Pages on FB, and help animals in need; Denying Evolution Won’t Make Your God Any More Real; Dogs Against Romney; The Atheist’s Bible Commentary; Organization for Educating Misinformed Tea Party Patriots; GOPHypocrisy; Liberals Against Conservative Propaganda; Fundies Say The Darndest Things; Arrest the Pope and Tax Religion (direct action); Not wasting my Sundays at church; Network for Church Monitoring; No Honor In Gods Or Religion; American Atheists, Inc. (Official); Dominionism is destroying America; Gun Toting Liberal; Christians vs. Atheists (Discussion board); SAGE (Straight Americans for Gay Equality); Americans United for Separation of Church and State; The God Delusion; End Tax Exempt Status for Churches and other Religious Organizations; Change The Law and Tax Churches; Take “Under God” Out of the Pledge of Allegiance; Obama Backs Mosque Near Ground Zero: “This is America”; Stop The Westboro Baptist Church!; and many, many more.

Do I think that his atheism or his leftism caused him to murder his three innocent victims?  Doubtful.  My guess is that he was eaten up with rage and that atheism and leftism merely gave him opportunities to turn some of that rage against groups and individuals.  Tragically, he still had enough rage left to kill three people over a parking space.  However, rest assured that if Hicks were a conservative Catholic, this would be a top news story for weeks to come.  As it is, because it does not fit the liberal narrative so assiduously promoted by the mainstream media, Hicks and his victims will soon be forgotten after a news cycle or two.

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  1. That is quite a list! No wonder Mr. Hicks went off the deep end. His consumption of liberal junk food combined with anti-God poison finished off any soul he once harbored. One could call him the perfect liberal. Mindless heartless wretch.

  2. Thanks for highlighting this news story. While Mr Hicks may be what some call hardcore Atheist, many of his facebook likes seems to stand more for equality. As an Irish Catholic I have many friends who would class themselves as left wing Atheist’s, but would not dream of shooting anyone. To be honest many extremists be it Muslim, Christian or whatever view often use their beliefs or political opinions as an excuse to use violence. These were three beautiful people that were shot, who were also very charitable. Sadly too many Muslim’s are being oppressed and living in fear, yet the media has chosen to ignore this. To believe in God is to believe in Love and the best way to respond is not hate or revenge but love.

  3. Interestingly NPR ran a short on this tragic event. They only eluded to the possibility of Mr. Hicks being “mad.”
    No mention of his Facebook. Par for course NPR.

    By the way, prayers to all victims…including the victim of Left wing atheism..Mr. Hicks. May God convert him prior to his final parking space.

  4. I’m not sure if atheism contributed to his hatred, but Facebook definitely did. Computers aren’t good for you. I’m serious about this. At a minimum, too much time with people who ratchet up each other’s anger isn’t good for you.

  5. After King Abdullah II’s response to the immolation of his aircraft pilot, and after Queen Rania’s comforting of the pilot’s widow, and after the murder of these three young students right here in my own backyard of North Carolina, I now have to change how I view Muslims. My opinion of Islam itself remains unchanged – it is a false religion. But what happened to those three young people and to Jordan’s aircraft pilot are crimes perpetrated by evil, wicked men. The former is a liberal leftist atheist and the later are radical Islamic terrorists. That’s a horse of a different color from King Abdullah or the three young people above who got murdered. By the way, I have worked with Muslims. One was my department manager – a Shiite. He had the Koran on his desk and he treated all his workers with fairness and justice. Another was a Sunni – a fellow engineer who saw me praying my Rosary Beads at lunch time and took the opportunity to share his Muslim prayer beads. We exchanged books and had good theological talks, though we agreed on nothing. I loathe what Islam historically has done, but I will be damned myself before I damn my co-workers to hell. I can’t win anyone to Christ if I act like a donkey’s behind.

  6. James, surprisingly Craig Stephen Hicks is unaffiliated:
    North Carolina has a public database where a person’s affiliation can be searched:
    I show up as unaffiliated too because my Party – Constitution – doesn’t have enough members to be recognized under NC State Law.
    By the way, I have used this database to search party affiliation of priests where I may go to Mass. It is no surprise that, for those registered to vote, the social justice types are usually Democrats and the traditional orthodox types are usually Republicans.

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