With that in mind, I posted my initial thoughts on the Chapel Hill murders at Atheist Revolution this morning. I wrote:
But there is one thing I feel comfortable saying no matter what else we learn about it: murder is wrong and does not become any less wrong when the alleged murderer is an atheist. Violence is not an acceptable means of solving problems, and I condemn this despicable act regardless of its motivation or the identity of the perpetrator or the victims. I have little doubt that many other atheists will condemn this violence, and I find that encouraging.Even if the shooter ends up being someone other than Hicks or even if we learn that the motive for the shooting had nothing to do with atheism, I'm perfectly comfortable expressing my condemnation for the murders and my sympathy for the victims' families. I condemn violence committed by atheists against religious persons just as I condemn violence committed by religious persons against atheists.
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