The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon broke quickly. Within minutes, we knew there were several dead and wounded students. We also knew the shooter was dead.
Within hours, major news outlets reported that victims and witnesses stated the shooter asked what religion they were before opening fire. Those who replied “Christian” were reportedly shot in the head. Those who answered otherwise or didn’t answer were reportedly shot in the legs.
Several hours later the police released the identity of the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer. Some media claimed Mercer was a Republican, when in fact he was a registered Independent, and most likely a Democrat at heart. After all, he is from California and Oregon, two of the most Liberal states in the union.
The media tried then to attribute Mercer to the Irish Republican Army, pitting Protestants against Catholics; a suspicious narrative to say the least, given Mercer’s pre-shooting query of the victims. So, the real truth may be something the media is trying to cover up.
According to an article in The European Union Times, Mercer might have been a suspected terrorist with links to ISIS:
“The Federal Security Services (FSB) is reporting today that an American black-Islamist terror suspect, who yesterday committed an act of mass murder in the State of Oregon (United States), had been included on a list of 87,000 ‘known/suspected’ Islamic terrorists that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) refused last month to accept from the Federation due to its not being ‘politically viable in the present atmosphere’.
According to this report, the black-Islamist terrorist who committed this act of terror, Chris Harper Mercer, had previously been identified by electronic intelligence specialists within the Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) as being an Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) adherent after he had attempted to gain passage to Syria via Turkey during the first week of September, 2015.”
The article further goes on to suggest that one of Mercer’s 2 friends on the social media site MySpace was an ISIS sympathizer:
“Also important to be noted was Mercer’s association with the ISIS/ISIL terrorist Mahmoud Ali Ehsani, who is banned in Russia [Русский], and was one of only two of Mercer’s MySpace ‘friends’ and who praises the Islamic State, calls for the killing of Jews and glorifies in pictures on his MySpace page his rapture of these terrorists.”
If any of this is true, it would answer the question as to why Mercer would want to know the religion of his victims. Because as we have learned as Christians, Islam is the “religion of peace.”