Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Chapel Hill: Not terrorism, and almost certainly not a hate crime

Sam Harris comments on the desire of some to see the Chapel Hill murders, in which three young Muslims were killed by an atheist neighbour, as a terrorist attack or hate crime:

I've tried explaining some of this to people on Twitter in recent days, and have been surprised by how hard it has been to get people to look at the definition of terrorism and see if it fits. It doesn't. It also looks like it doesn't fit the definition of hate crime.

Terrible crimes are not necessarily terrorism. Muslims can be victims of non-religiously motivated crime just like the rest of us. Neighbourhood disputes, even just about parking, result in more shootings in the USA than anti-Muslim sentiments.

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