Originally published in The Charlotte Observer
This attack has revealed an unfortunate double standard within the mainstream media.
When a Muslim perpetrates violence, the foremost aspect of the incident brought to light is the religion of the perpetrator, and every news channel reports on it repeatedly.
The moment a vocal anti-theist like Craig Hicks commits such an act, the perpetrator is given the protection of doubt, often dubbed mentally unstable, and is treated differently.
This horrible act deserves the media’s respect, not double standards.