“Police said Johnson told detectives he committed the crime because of his religious beliefs. Shannon said Johnson recently converted to Islam and had been watching violent videos.”
If Corey Johnson had said anything other than Islam had led him to stab these people, there would be an immediate investigation into the belief system that incited this violence. No one would hesitate. But since he said it was Islam, we can only expect renewed calls from authorities to avoid “islamophobia,” avowals that Islam is a religion of peace, and news stories about how the local Muslims are fearing a backlash.
“Police: Religious beliefs caused teen to stab multiple people,” by Ted White, WPBF, March 13, 2018 (thanks to Paige):
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —Palm Beach Gardens police have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal stabbing in Ballenisles.
Corey Johnson, 17, faces charges of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
Palm Beach Gardens Police Chief Clint Shannon said Johnson and Jovanni Brand, 13, were guests Sunday night at Elaine Simon’s home in the 300-block of Sunset Bay Lane.
Johnson told police he bought a knife on Sunday and brought it to the home. He said around 4 a.m. Monday, when he realized everyone was asleep, he made the decision to kill Brand, Simon, and her son Dane Bancroft, 13.
Brand was pronounced dead at the scene. Monday was Brand’s birthday.
Simon suffered a dozen stab wounds. Her son Dane suffered 32 stab wounds.
They remain in the hospital.
…Police said Johnson told detectives he committed the crime because of his religious beliefs.
Shannon said Johnson recently converted to Islam and had been watching violent videos….
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