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Oregon: Mass Murderer Hated Religion, Targeted Christians


The fact that one of the dislikes of the Oregon mass murderer, Christopher H. Mercer, was religion, and the fact that he picked out Christians to be killed needs to be highlighted. Unfortunately you won’t see it mentioned by the likes of new atheist anti-religion gurus such as Bill Maher and Richard Dawkins.

The Daily Beast

Police have identified the gunman who killed 10 people at an Umpqua Community College in Oregon on Thursday as Chris Harper Mercer.

A MySpace account belonging to Christopher Harper Mercer is registered to Torrance, California. Mercer and his mother previously lived in Torrance before moving to an apartment in Winchester, Oregon, which police later searched.

An online dating profile, linked to Mercer’s email address and featuring another photo of him, says the 26-year-old was living with his parents and searching for the “yin to my yang.” It identifies his views as “conservative, republican” and lists “organized religion” as one of his “dislikes.”

According to a student at Umpqua, Mercer demanded to know his victims’ religion before killing them.

Anastasia Boylan, who was shot multiple times, spoke to her father before entering spinal surgery. Boyland’s father, Stacy, told CNN that his daughter said Mercer asked students to get on the floor, then asked them to stand up if they were Christians.

“And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you’re going to see God in just about one second,’” Boylan’s father said, relaying his daughter’s account. “And then he shot and killed them.”

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    • The greenmantle

      There are lots of Names for the President of Turkmanistan but children may be watching and reading so I will not mention them here . His predessor was even worse

      Sir David

    • sasboy

      Moderate atheists please distance yourself from this murderer.

    • Reynardine

      And every girl named Mary is a catholic.

      A former professor of mine, an ethnic Kalmyk born in the Soviet Union, had both a given and a surname indicating his ancestors were Shia Muslims. He was raised in the early Soviet era as an Atheist and died Eastern Orthodox.

      My own family lapsed from every major religion found west of the Amu Darya (and if you reach really far back, some were Tengrists, too). My mother, who was subjected to a deal of religious abuse in childhood, raised me an atheist, but I lapsed.

    • Reynardine

      Uzbekistan sold all its schoolkids to Dae Woo corporation as seasonal cotton slaves. Quite a few have died. It’s not religiously inspired at all. Evidently, certain government officials got quite enough of a kickback to send their own kids to nice boarding schools abroad.

      As a former Soviet Socialist Republic, Uzbekistan lacks an established religion, as before. In Soviet days, however, they had a superior education system. Now, ala$…

    • Jekyll

      OMG so the chico named Jesus…is…oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

    • Mifeng86

      How does Bill Maher explain the Government of places like Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan? Those regimes are explicitly anti-religious (Islam in particular) and yet they’re listed among the most repressive countries in world. Interesting side note; Those regimes have our support even in light of instances like this and this.

    • Objective Justice

      Regarding Bill Maher, although he professes to be anti religion of sorts, you will notice his fixation is on Islam and muslims, rarely have I ever heard him condemn Jewish religious fanaticism, this point made by Glen Greenwald on his show, that the occupation of palestine was partially due to the judaic/christian religious idealism, I believe BIll Maher to be another pro israel lobbyist that has chosen Islamophobia as a means to legitimise Israel’s illegal conduct.

    • The Radiant Princess Erika

      it could be – but its never a good idea to rush to judgment. And the dirty secret of the criminal justice system is that eye witness testamony especially from traumatic events is incredibly unreliable. As such, i would use extreme caution to make declarations at this stage of an investigation.

      the Charleston shooter was indeed focused on opposition to one particular style of Christianity – that of the socially active black church – but its impossible to separate that from racism. But the target was indeed selected with great symbolic importance given the history of the black church in the civil rights movement and the fight for freedom before that. white supremacists targeting black churches for violent attacks has been depressingly common for the past 150 years.

      and its always a possibility that a person who is against societty in general would focus on Christians in what is a Christian dominated society.

    • mindy1

      Nooooooooo D:

    • Marinater

      today myspace friends = secret muslim tommorow breathing same air as muslims = secret muslim

    • Joey Sanders

      Bill Maher is a hate-filled creature. He was not always like that. It’s unfortunate he has devolved from a reasonable human being from his Politically Incorrect days to this modern day loser on his show Real Time.

      Maher likes to bash certain religions on his show. He likes to say religion has caused most of the wars and stuff like that. He fails to realize that is not the truth. Greed has caused most of the wars. Religion was primarily used to get the uneducated masses to go along with the idea of killing people for some just cause.

    • Alejandro Rodríguez

      I do think this case is genuine, though, as there are more witnesses claiming this, and previous mass shootings, including the Charleston one, don’t mention the shooter being inspired by atheism (well, aside from the one who shot those three Muslims months ago).

    • mindy1


    • HSkol

      *snicker* Yeah, the place-holding picture on the site before linking into the story itself does certainly seem to be Anthony Fantano. Good catch.

    • cmyfe .

      This filthy slug put the vision of Bill Maher, Dawkins and Co’s thoughts into action.

    • The Radiant Princess Erika

      it sounds like he was a rather confused individual. just confused enough to provide plausible deniability for the right wingers

      but i remember after Colombine there were similiar reports regarding anti-Christian bias and targeting of Christians that turned out to be rather erroreneous – and that might turn out to be the case again here

    • The greenmantle

      Are you suggesting the press … I know its an extreem thought … but do you think they actually make stuff up ? Is is possible the press has some hidden adgenda ?*

      Sir David

      * YES

    • Marinater

      oh and btw that’s a picture of anthony fantano, a music critic, not chris mercer!

    • Marinater

      cos of his friends on myspace ? i’m sure he had atheist, agnostic, buddhist,christian, hindu friends too is he secretly all of them too? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • Reynardine

      Given that he professed great sympathy with the IRA, I have to wonder if he killed Catholics, or just Protestants.

      His father was not even Irish, but apparently an Englishman from Lancashire. And this mixed- race young man was a white supremacist.

    • mindy1

      People are already saying he is a secret mooossslliiimm :/

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