I’ve been following David Harsanyi‘s always thought-provoking writings for five or six years now. A former staff columnist at the Denver Post, Harsanyi is currently a senior editor at the Federalist. In his latest piece, he gives his take on the Chapel Hill shooting by an atheist gunman that left three young Muslims dead. His central point is that, as he says in the headline, “Atheists have nothing to apologize for.”
There is no excuse for any hate-motivated violence, but there is an enormous difference between the isolated murder of three people and the substantial theocratic movement within the Islamic world. The most obvious difference is that in the United States murders are condemned by nearly everyone without stipulation. Those murders are prosecuted by the state, they aren’t funded by it, and the murderers certainly aren’t celebrated as heroes.