But the reason why his new affiliation with Islam even matters here isn't because of what he did (I don't think they told him to do it - it wasn't planned out with leaders, etc. He just did it on his own) - but because ISIS, etc, is accepting - seeking out - people like this guy and taking them in with open arms.
People like him ARE what make up the extremists. They're just using Islam as a bully pulpit because it will afford them religious protections in places like the US. But really - they're just a band of thugs, hoodlums, murderers, rapists, and other psychos.
They're not reasonable, balanced, good people who are following a religious edict.
And for this reason - it's important not to treat this guy as if he's just any other employee who went bazerk. HE doesn't feel he's just any old employee who went bazerk - and neither do extremist groups. So - yes - even if the religious affiliation is bull**** - it still matters because it's what they're thinking and using.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow
I don't believe that this guy's religion will protect him from a just verdict in court.