PHOENIX – The Secular Coalition for Arizona harshly condemns yesterday’s horrifying murder of three University of North Carolina students, all Muslims, purportedly by self-described “anti-theist” Craig Hicks.
Chapel Hill police are attributing a parking dispute between Hicks and the students as Hicks’ primary motive, but the victims’ Muslim faith and the alleged shooter’s negative comments toward all religions on social media have prompted speculation that the shootings were hate-based.
“Yesterday’s tragedy in Chapel Hill shows, again, the unfortunate truth that mental instability and a propensity for violence care little for creed or the lack thereof,” said Zenaido Quintana, executive director for the Secular Coalition for Arizona. “We strongly, unequivocally reject this senseless act. No one should be a victim of such violence, be they religious or secular, and no one should find such acts acceptable.”
The Secular Coalition for Arizona and its members extend their heartfelt thoughts and sympathies to the families of the victims – Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha.
The Secular Coalition for Arizona educates elected representatives and other officials regarding issues important to Arizona theists and non-theists. More details are available at www.secularaz.org/about.