I am reporting here information about what Craig Hicks has said online about his beliefs. I am not speculating about why he murdered his neighbours, because I do not have enough reliable information to do this.
I have previously written about what his Facebook page actually tells us about his beliefs. I am writing here about two other issues: his stated Native American ethnicity and his defence of Muslims, and his anger at people driving in passing lanes on highways.
He has described his ethnicity as Native American and, while promoting religious freedom, he has highlighted the historical injustice of Christians violating the rights of Native Americans, not allowing them their ancestral hair or garments, their given names or their native tongue.
It would be outrageous for anyone to speculate that his Native American ethnicity is related to his murders. However, his stated ethnicity may be related to his stated empathy for Muslims as another minority group in America.
He was explicitly supportive of the right of Muslims to build a controversial Mosque near Ground Zero. He has said he knew several dozen Muslims for most of a decade, that they aren’t what most people think of them, and that he would prefer them to most Christians.
He also posted on several online forums about his opposition to people breaking traffic laws, linked to a video of a trooper dealing with a motorist with an anger management problem, and liked eight different Facebook pages on the subject of being angry at people who drive in passing lanes.
Native American ethnicity and defending Muslims
He joined Debate.org three years ago, under the username crpadiem, but was not active there. On his profile, he described his ethnicity as Native American and his religion as Deism (he has more recently said on Facebook that he is an atheist).
He is a member of XDtalk.com, under the username crpadiem.
He wrote there about the rights of both native Americans and Muslims, when responding to a poll in 2010 about whether a Mosque should be built near Ground Zero in new York. There were the options.
1) I support the project: its goals seem laudable, and it would be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
2) I am indifferent about the project itself — I can see the arguments both for it and against it. But this is a free country, and the developers certainly have a right to express themselves.
3) I’d rather that the project weren’t built, especially so near to Ground Zero. But it’s certainly not the government’s business to stop its construction.
4) I’m opposed to the project and hope that it isn’t built. But I’m indifferent about whether or not the City should act to stop it.
5) I’m definitely opposed to the project, and the City should exercise its authority to prevent it from being built.
I voted #2 for several reasons.
The first amendment to our constitution guarantees freedom of religion, which takes precedence over any other “feeling” that any of us as Americans may have.
Beyond that though after being in D.C. for a decade and knowing several dozen Muslims for most of that time I can say that they aren’t what most think of them. In fact, I’d prefer them to most Christians as I was never coerced in any way by the Muslims to follow their religion, which I cannot say about many Christians.
While the terrorists who did the 9/11 attacks were Muslims, they were extremists in that faith which isn’t common. I know of many Christian extremists personally, much less the ones we have heard about on the news. People of this country don’t seem to hold that against Christianity though(probably because they’re a majority in this country).
While it may cause problems with those that don’t want it there with vandalizing and such, what if that excuse stopped our forefathers from starting a new nation. Civil rights, suffrage, heck even our own gun rights have been “fought” for at times. On that matter, the vast majority of our own ancestors in this country had to fight for their rights as Americans as most of the ethnic groups in this country were looked down on at some point(some still are).
This country was founded on freedoms, and many forget that one of the biggest freedoms that was fought for was freedom of religion. Then after all was said and done, Americans pushed west and took the lands of the Native Americans, put them on reservations(land that has no use), and stuffed religion down their throat. Their children were often taken from them to be taught Christianity(brainwashed might be a better word). They were not allowed to have their ancestral hair or garments, not allowed to use their given names but had to use the Christian ones assigned to them, and not allowed to speak their native tongue among other things. Funny how during World War 2, the same government that violated the Native Americans 1st amendment rights in the previous century were called upon because of their ancestral language.
With all that being said, I don’t see how anyone who calls themselves American can claim that a Mosque shouldn’t be TWO BLOCKS AWAY from what is known as ground zero.
Other posts on human rights and equality
I wrote in a previous article about posts on his Facebook page.
- At Thanksgiving in 2012 he posted a graphic on Facebook saying: “Thanksgiving is a time to remember all that we have… and the genocide it took to get it.”
- He shared a diagram posted by ‘Being Liberal’, which showed seven identical skeletons, labeled in turn as white, black, gay, straight, Catholic, atheist and human.
- He posted an image of a census question asking ‘What race do you indentify yourself as?” All of the answers are crossed out, and the word ‘Human’ has been written in and ticked.
- He also shared an image that reads: “So let’s get this straight… God didn’t judge America over the millions of natives that were raped and murdered and had their land stolen. God didn’t judge America over the millions of Africans that had boulders tied to their legs and were raped, murdered and enslaved for centuries. And God didn’t judge America over not taking care of the homeless, hungry, sick and dying poor. But now God will judge America over abortion and gay marriage.”
Speeding and driving in passing lanes
On Facebook he liked different eight pages on the subject of driving in passing lanes.
- It’s called a PASSING LANE for a reason, get the F*ck out of my way!!!!
- If people in the right lane are passing you, GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY!
- People who understand that the LEFT LANE IS FOR PASSING.
- If you’re not passing traffic, GET THE #%@* OUT OF THE LEFT LANE!!!!
- Get out of the left lane unless you are passing!!!
- I CAN’T STAND PEOPLE THAT DRIVE SLOW IN THE PASSING LANE
- People who drive slow in the passing lane piss me off
- I’m tailgating you because you are driving slow in the PASSING lane, dbag.
He is a member of Carolina Shooters Club forum, under the username crpadiem.
In a discussion started by a member who had been stopped for speeding and who was complaining about the NCSHP, he wrote:
Just to clarify, you were riding in the passing lane and the silver Volvo had to pass you in the right lane?
I just wanted to clarify that. I cannot speak for NCSHP, but having several good friends in the VSP(Virginia State Police) from when I lived there, and ISP(Illinois State Police)where I’m from, I can see why you got that ticket(besides the simple fact that you were speeding).
Like Wahoo said, if a trooper clocks two people speeding at or close to the same speed, they’ll most often go after the one in the passing lane. Reasoning is that per the rules of the road in VA (and most states), and the law in IL, the left lane is for passing and that driver should have been going faster(and per the troopers I’ve known, if they weren’t they shouldn’t have been in that lane so they more deserve a ticket).
As far as the attitude, I cannot speak for the trooper that pulled you, but I’ve never been given an attitude by a LEO. Most of them end up joking around with me, if not they’re at least courteous. Course it’s been well over a decade since I’ve been pulled over(closer to 2 decades).
Finally, States are looking for revenue, and the troopers that I’ve kept in touch with in both states have told me that they were given the green light to pull drivers for any speed above the limit, not the old 10mph above then pull at discretion.
He also linked to this video in which a trooper is dealing with a motorist with an anger management problem, and he wrote:
I guess that this trooper is guilty of being a jerk by some peoples standards(beware, some foul language):
I’m for it. I was brought up that the left lane is for passing only, regardless of what speed a vehicle is moving. It’s just common courtesy, which I think many in this country nowadays could use a few lessons in.
Besides, it would create a ton of revenue here in N.C.
I am not speculating about why Craig Hicks murdered his neighbours. It may be that he murdered them because he was an atheist and they were Muslims, and that he simply did not reflect that part of his personality online. But the available evidence does not support that idea, and those who are engaging in speculation should take into account the available evidence.