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Syed Farook and Tashfreen Malik were Muslims first and killers second

by | 4th, December 2015

What part did religion play in Syed Farook and Tashfreen Malik’s joint decision to murder 14 people at a Christmas party in California?

No report of the horror says the husband and wife killer screaming ‘Aluu Wakbar’ as they slaughtered their victims, nor made any obvious reference to Islam.

The New York Post  makes the killers’ religion a key factor in the massacre, changing its front-page “shooters” to “Muslim Killers”.

 

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The Mirror says Farook was a “devout Muslim”. Was his wife? We’re not told. The paper makes no other mention of religion in the article.

But it does position the crime in the context of the wider war on terror.

 

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The Daily Mail makes Islam central to the crime. The report says the couple were “radicalised Muslims”. Again we hear that Farook was a “devout Muslim” who met his Pakistani wife online. The Mail says he had been on the Hajj pilgrimage to

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