Christian Beheading Greeted by Crickets

When a Muslim convert beheaded a co-worker in Oklahoma a few weeks ago, the Christian right exploded in fury. Some claimed that this was proof that ISIS was here, some said this presages the imposition of Sharia law and similar nonsense. But now that a Christian man has beheaded a former classmate over his alleged witchcraft, it’s nothing but crickets from the rightwingosphere.

At a news conference earlier in the day, Stillwater police Capt. Randy Dickerson said Marin admitted to authorities “that he had fantasized recently about committing multiple homicides” and that the victim was “one of his intended targets.”

“The conversation was that he had planned to to do it all at one time,” the police captain said.

The victim’s brother, Jesse Crockett, told police Marin is a “religious zealot” and “heavy drug user,” according to a court affidavit.

Police confirmed there was evidence at the scene that Marin might have been involved in the use of some illegal drugs.

The defendant’s brother, Samuel Marin, said “in the past Jacob and Isaiah had disagreements because Jacob and Jesse were practicing witchcraft and Isaiah had strong Christian beliefs,” a Stillwater police officer reported in the affidavit…

The defendant’s brother also told police “Isaiah had been watching YouTube videos related to his Christian beliefs and the Book of Matthew” earlier.

During Isaiah Marin’s 911 call, “the caller began rambling about sacrificing and magic,” according to the affidavit. “Asked how … he murdered someone, Isaiah stated, ‘I hacked them to death with a machete.’”

In August, on one of his Facebook pages, Isaiah Marin wrote, “Tried to take on a demon and God had to help me through the tough parts. Got to be careful with my words and pay closer attention to my emotions. Need to figure out how to keep on speaking when I’m with the presence of the Lord God.”

Why aren’t the wingnuts quoting the Bible’s command that “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” as evidence that this murder was a result of the murderer’s Christian beliefs? That’s what they do when a Muslim does it. The truth, of course, is that most Christians ignore or reinterpret such commands, but so do most Muslims. And while I’m sure that there are more Muslims who take such verses in the Quran seriously than there are Christians who take similar verses in the Bible seriously, the fact still remains that either book is fully capable of justifying murder and mayhem. But only when a Muslim does it do the Christians cite the Quran as proof that they’re really just following their religious beliefs; when a Christian does it, they just pretend it didn’t happen.

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  • raven

    The Moslem OKlahoma one was clearly workplace violence. He had just been fired from his job and wanted to go out in style.

    The xian Oklahoma one is clearly religiously motivated. He doesn’t make any secret of it.

    And Ed is right. Crickets chirping. This happened a few days ago and has yet to make the national news. It seems to have barely made the local news. It’s a pretty outrageous example of media bias towards xians.

  • John Pieret

    Look, the two cases are completely different because he’s on of US and we’d never do such a thing but the other guy was one of THEM and they all do that!

  • raven

    Look, the two cases are completely different because he’s one of US and we’d never do such a thing…

    True.

    Xians traditionally torture people and then burn them alive on stacks of firewood. It’s totally different and besides, all those witches, heretics, and Protestants deserved it.

  • dhall

    “Why aren’t the wingnuts quoting the Bible’s command that “thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” as evidence that this murder was a result of the murderer’s Christian beliefs?”

    Because they’re cowards and hypocrites. They’ll go on and on about that pretty book of theirs being the absolute truth and god’s word and law and all that, but they’re terrified that they’ll be called out for incitement to murder when someone actually follows through with what the book they promote so loudly says to do. This is the monster that the current loudmouth evangelicals and fundamentalists have created, and they know it, so they’re hoping that if they shut up about it–briefly–we’ll forget their role in instigating this. They don’t want to acknowledge that their hateful rants have led to this.

    This is no different than the Obama haters suddenly falling silent when some fool tries to break into the White House or goes too far with threats against the president. Same with attacks against gays and other minorities. A climate of hatred has been created by these idiots, but of course none of it is really their fault. They’re just exercising their right to free speech, while ignoring the implicit responsibilities that come with that right.

  • howardhershey

    When a Muslim does a terrorist act, he’s a cold-blooded sane terrorist. When a Christian or right-wing racist or gun nut does a terrorist act (like shooting Sikhs in their temple or a guard at the Holocaust Museum), he’s obviously insane.

  • busterggi

    Its true, killing a suspected witch is murder but perhaps the Christains held a secret trial and found the victim guilty, I think they would consider the killing a matter of justice. Christans are law-abiding.

  • Taz

    We need to oppose all religious fanatics, no matter what their particular mythology.

  • vmanis1

    Taz@7: “We need to oppose all religious fanatics, no matter what their particular mythology.”

    We need to oppose all religious fanatics, no matter what their particular mythology.

  • cry4turtles

    Me thinks a religious fanatic is more dangerous than say a chocolate fanatic… like me, or Metallica fanatics…also like me. Don’t really have a mythology to go with my particular fanatical fanatics, but maybe that’s why I’m relatively harmless?

  • dingojack

    vmanis1 – So all those little girls who dressed up as that princess from Frozen on Halloween should be opposed eh?

    We certainly wouldn’t want an all-singing, all-dancing, animated Disney beheading, now would we? @@

    Dingo

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    cry4turtles – how do you feel about chocolate Metallica?