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.