James Holmes may have his defense, he was killing Infidels in a Jihad. Simply exercising his freedom of religion. Holmes reportedly has converted to Islam
A prison source say the beard James Holmes sported in court last months represents his new-found faith. The source said Mr. Holmes has turned Muslim as a way of justifying his horrific crimes on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded, the Daily Mail reports.
Dark Knight killer James Holmes ‘is now a Muslim who prays five times a day’
He now prays five times a day, sticks to a strict Muslim diet and spends hours each day studying the Qur’an, the source said. But his new routine has upset Muslim inmates.
#MyJihad in Colorado: Aurora Dark Knight murderer is convert to Islam, says killings were “his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels”
James Holmes’ possible conversion raises the issue of whether having evil tendencies tends to lead the person to adopt Islam, or whether the adoption of Islam led to those evil tendencies, which, in this case, led to mass murder. We would need to know whether he converted to Islam before he conceived the murder plot, or whether the evil and/or disturbed state that led him to murder then subsequently led him to embrace Islam rather than other religions or philosophies. While Muslims are known to aggressively proselytize in prison, he would probably have had more exposure to Christianity. Yet he chose Islam.
BTW, some of the comments here on JW are being quoted in an Al-Jazeera article. Al-Jazeera is one of the few media outlets that have picked up this story thus far. Interesting that none of them, thus far, seems to have attempted to corroborate the initial story which was “reported” by the National Enquirer. Has it occurred to any of these intrepid reporters to pick up the phone and call some people who would know whether or not Holmes has converted?
Source: Jihad Watch
Twitter Responds to James Holmes alleged Conversion to Islam
@FaisalBhussain He's totally using Islam as an excuse to justify what he did, especially since Islam is seen as violent.
— Ainee Fatima (@Faineemae) March 21, 2013
The tabloids are saying that the Aurora killer has converted to Islam because he's grown a beard: http://t.co/X4DMcV5UxS
— Shirin Sadeghi (@ShirinSadeghi) March 21, 2013
Aurora theatre shooter has come out as Muslim. If he also endorses same-sex marriage, that double shot should win him media sympathy.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) March 21, 2013
— Luis (@LSant4850) March 21, 2013
— ★♥ Harriet Baldwin (@HarrietBaldwin) March 22, 2013
The Aurora shooter has converted to Islam because *he thinks* it justifies what he did. Religion of peace, you're doing it wrong…
— Angela (@_AngelaMorabito) March 21, 2013