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The following list is a comprehensive '''list of atheist shooters and serial killers'''. [[Atheist]]s have a long record of being mass shooters and [[militant atheism]] in general has a causal association [[Atheism and Mass Murder|with mass murder]].  
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[[File:Jeffrey Dahmer Milwaukee Police 1991 mugshot.jpg|thumbnail|right|200px|As an [[atheism|atheist]], the [[serial killer]] [[Jeffrey Dahmer]] engaged in [[cannibalism]].<ref name="PhillipsDahmer1994"/>]]
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The following is a '''list of atheist shooters and serial killers'''. [[Atheist]]s have a long record of being [[Mass murder|mass shooters]] and [[militant atheism]] in general has a causal association [[Atheism and Mass Murder|with mass murder]].  
  
Due to this fact, [[peer review]]ed research published in academic journals has found that society-at-large is likely to hold atheists responsible for capital criminal acts and that even atheists are likely to assume that serial killers are fellow atheists.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4758164/Atheists-naturally-assume-immoral-people-atheists.html|title=Do we need religion to have good morals? Even atheists think horrific crimes are likely committed by atheists|last=Pettit|first=Harry|date=August 7, 2017|publisher=[[Daily Mail]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/07/anti-atheist-prejudice-secularity|title=Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study|date=August 7, 2017|publisher=[[The Guardian]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-atheists-we-distrust/
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Due to this fact, [[peer review]]ed research published in academic journals has found that society-at-large is likely to [[Distrust of atheists|hold atheists responsible]] for capital criminal acts and that even atheists are likely to assume that [[serial killer]]s are fellow atheists.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4758164/Atheists-naturally-assume-immoral-people-atheists.html|title=Do we need religion to have good morals? Even atheists think horrific crimes are likely committed by atheists|last=Pettit|first=Harry|date=August 7, 2017|publisher=[[Daily Mail]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/07/anti-atheist-prejudice-secularity|title=Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study|date=August 7, 2017|publisher=[[The Guardian]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/in-atheists-we-distrust/
 
|title=In Atheists We Distrust|date=January 17, 2012|publisher=[[Scientific American]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Daisy Grewal}}</ref>
 
|title=In Atheists We Distrust|date=January 17, 2012|publisher=[[Scientific American]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Daisy Grewal}}</ref>
  
 
== United States ==
 
== United States ==
[[File:Loughner173005--300x300.jpg|right|150px|thumb|Jared Loughner's mugshot, released January 10, 2011]]
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[[File:Loughner173005--300x300.jpg|right|150px|thumb|[[Jared Loughner]]'s mugshot, released January 10, 2011]]
*[[Stephen Paddock]], perpetrator of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history (October 2017)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.newsweek.com/fox-news-las-vegas-shooter-may-have-targeted-christians-because-he-was-atheist-679697|title=Fox News: Las Vegas Shooter May Have Targeted Christian Country Fans Because He Was Atheist|last=Hayes|first=Christal|date=October 6, 2017|publisher=[[Newsweek]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|quote=Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt told viewers that gunman Stephen Paddock may have “had a problem” with the faith of God-loving country music fans and used that as a deciding factor for the location for his rampage, which killed 58 innocents and injured hundreds of others. “His brother said he didn’t believe in God, or didn’t have a god or didn’t have faith in his life, so maybe – this is all speculation—but that possible could be the reason,” she said. “He knows country musicians or country music fans are normally pro-God and go to church on Sundays. Maybe he has a problem with that, or had a problem with that.”}}</ref>
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*[[Devin Patrick Kelley]], perpetrator of the Sutherland Springs, [[Texas]] shooting at First Baptist Church, murdered 26 people (November 2017)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5053013/Devin-Kelley-outcast-preached-atheism.html|title=Texas church shooter Devin Kelley was an 'outcast'|last=Stanton|first=Jenny|date=November 5, 2017|publisher=Daily Mail|accessdate=November 5, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://shoebat.com/2017/11/05/make-no-mistake-about-it-the-man-who-slaughtered-26-christians-in-a-baptist-church-in-texas-was-an-atheist-who-hated-christ-and-the-christian-faith/|title=Make No Mistake About It, The Man Who Slaughtered 26 Christians In A Baptist Church In Texas Was An Atheist Who Hated Christ And The Christian Faith | Walid Shoebat|last=Shoebat|first=Theodore|date=November 5, 2017|publisher=[[Walid Shoebat]]|accessdate=November 5, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/11/update-sutherland-springs-gunman-devin-kelley-wore-black-facebook-page-suggests-diehard-atheist-cnn-fan/|title=UPDATE: Sutherland Springs Gunman Devin Kelley Wore "All Black" - Facebook Page Suggests He Was Diehard Atheist, CNN Fan|date=November 5, 2017|publisher=The Gateway Pundit|accessdate=November 5, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://heavy.com/news/2017/11/devin-kelley-p-sutherland-springs-church-shooter-patrick-kelly/|title=Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know|date=November 5, 2017|publisher=Heavy|accessdate=November 5, 2017}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://onehallyu.com/topic/601997-texas-shooter-devin-patrick-kelley-was-a-radical-sjw-atheist/|title=Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley was a radical SJW Atheist!|date=November 5, 2017|publisher=OneHallyu|accessdate=November 5, 2017}}</ref><ref>[http://www.pacificpundit.com/2017/11/05/devin-kelley-facebook-liked-atheist-pages-cnn/ DEVIN KELLEY FACEBOOK LIKED ATHEIST PAGES, CNN], Pacific Pundit</ref>
*[[Chris Harper Mercer]], Umpqua Community College gunman (October 2015)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.thedailybeast.com/umpqua-gunman-chris-harper-mercer-hated-religion-online|title=Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Hated Religion Online|date=October 2, 2015|publisher=[[The Daily Beast]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Katie Zavadski}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/02/oregon-shooter-said-to-have-singled-out-christians-for-killing-in-horrific-act-of-cowardice/?utm_term=.38c6d31660e9|title=Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’|date=October 2, 2015|publisher=[[The Washington Post]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt}}</ref>
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*Chris Harper Mercer, Umpqua Community College gunman (October 2015)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.thedailybeast.com/umpqua-gunman-chris-harper-mercer-hated-religion-online|title=Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Hated Religion Online|date=October 2, 2015|publisher=[[The Daily Beast]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Katie Zavadski}}</ref><ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/02/oregon-shooter-said-to-have-singled-out-christians-for-killing-in-horrific-act-of-cowardice/?utm_term=.38c6d31660e9|title=Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’|date=October 2, 2015|publisher=[[The Washington Post]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017|author=Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt}}</ref>
 
*[[Craig Stephen Hicks]], perpretator of the Chapel Hill Shootings (February 2015)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/chapel-hill-shooting-white-male-atheist-murders-three-muslim-students|title=The Chapel Hill shooting: White male atheist murders three Muslim students|publisher=[[New Statesman]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
 
*[[Craig Stephen Hicks]], perpretator of the Chapel Hill Shootings (February 2015)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/02/chapel-hill-shooting-white-male-atheist-murders-three-muslim-students|title=The Chapel Hill shooting: White male atheist murders three Muslim students|publisher=[[New Statesman]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
*[[Jared Lee Loughner]], perpetrator of the Tuscon Shootings (January 2011)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-jared-loughner-friends-reveal-alienation/|title=Who is Jared Loughner? Friends Reveal Alienation|date=January 10, 2011|publisher=[[CBS News]]|accessdate=7 October 2017|quote=An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.}}</ref>
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*[[James Holmes]], perpetrator of the Aurora shooting (July 2012)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.businessinsider.com/alleged-shooter-james-holmes-bragged-of-soul-penetrating-eyes-on-dating-website-2012-7|title=Alleged Shooter James Holmes Bragged Of 'Soul Penetrating Eyes' On Dating Website|last=Rogers|first=Abby|date=July 23, 2012|publisher=[[Business Insider]]|language=English|accessdate=October 8, 2017|quote=In his profile, Holmes described himself as an agnostic man who "definitely" wants kids, only drinks "socially," and doesn't smoke.}}</ref>
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*[[Jared Lee Loughner]], perpetrator of the Tucson Shootings (January 2011)<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.cbsnews.com/news/who-is-jared-loughner-friends-reveal-alienation/|title=Who is Jared Loughner? Friends Reveal Alienation|date=January 10, 2011|publisher=[[CBS News]]|accessdate=7 October 2017|quote=An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.}}</ref>
 
*[[Seung-Hui Cho]], perpetrator of the [[Virginia Tech shootings]] (April 2007)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.godtvradio.com/2017/08/atheists-list-of-killers-and-criminals.html|title=Atheists List of Killers and Criminals|last=Keane|first=Brett|date=August 16, 2017|publisher=GodTVRadio News|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
 
*[[Seung-Hui Cho]], perpetrator of the [[Virginia Tech shootings]] (April 2007)<ref>{{cite web|url=http://www.godtvradio.com/2017/08/atheists-list-of-killers-and-criminals.html|title=Atheists List of Killers and Criminals|last=Keane|first=Brett|date=August 16, 2017|publisher=GodTVRadio News|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
*[[Jeffrey Dahmer]], serial killer and sex offender responsible for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys (1978 - 1991)<ref name="Wolcott2004">{{cite web|author=Stone Phillips, Jeffrey Dahmer|title=Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - MSNBC Footage|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQGDHTVHL8g|accessdate=October 7, 2017|year=1994|publisher=Dateline NBC|page=175}}</ref>
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*[[Jeffrey Dahmer]], serial killer and sex offender responsible for the rape, murder, and dismemberment of seventeen men and boys (1978 - 1991)<ref name="PhillipsDahmer1994">{{cite web|author=Stone Phillips, Jeffrey Dahmer|title=Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - MSNBC Footage|url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQGDHTVHL8g|accessdate=October 7, 2017|year=1994|publisher=Dateline NBC|page=175}}</ref>
*[[James Oliver Huberty]], perpetrator of the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre (July 1984)<ref name="Wolcott2004">{{cite book|last=Wolcott|first=Martin Gilman|title=The Evil 100|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=AqAtjVMGnLIC&pg=PA175|accessdate=October 7, 2017|year=2004|publisher=Kensington Publishing Corporation|isbn=9780806525556|page=175}}</ref>
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*James Oliver Huberty, perpetrator of the San Ysidro McDonald's massacre (July 1984)<ref name="Wolcott2004">{{cite book|last=Wolcott|first=Martin Gilman|title=The Evil 100|url=http://books.google.com/books?id=AqAtjVMGnLIC&pg=PA175|accessdate=October 7, 2017|year=2004|publisher=Kensington Publishing Corporation|isbn=9780806525556|page=175}}</ref>
  
 
== Canada ==
 
== Canada ==
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[[File:Sketch of Breivik.png|thumbnail|200px|right|Anders Breivik stated that "Religion is a crutch for many weak people", echoing the quote of [[Atheism and communism|atheistic communist]] philosopher [[Karl Marx]]<ref name="IBT2011"/>]]
 
[[File:Sketch of Breivik.png|thumbnail|200px|right|Anders Breivik stated that "Religion is a crutch for many weak people", echoing the quote of [[Atheism and communism|atheistic communist]] philosopher [[Karl Marx]]<ref name="IBT2011"/>]]
 
*[[Anders Behring Breivik]], perpetrator of the Norway attacks (July 2011)<ref name="IBT2011">{{cite web|url=http://www.ibtimes.com/anders-breivik-manifesto-shooterbomber-downplayed-religion-secular-influence-key-817273|title=Anders Breivik Manifesto: Shooter/Bomber Downplayed Religion, Secular Influence Key|date=July 25, 2011|publisher=[[International Business Times]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
 
*[[Anders Behring Breivik]], perpetrator of the Norway attacks (July 2011)<ref name="IBT2011">{{cite web|url=http://www.ibtimes.com/anders-breivik-manifesto-shooterbomber-downplayed-religion-secular-influence-key-817273|title=Anders Breivik Manifesto: Shooter/Bomber Downplayed Religion, Secular Influence Key|date=July 25, 2011|publisher=[[International Business Times]]|accessdate=October 7, 2017}}</ref>
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== Study: People assume serial killers are atheists ==
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The news and analysis website ''Axios'' reported:
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{{Cquote|A [https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-017-0151 new study published in Nature Human Behaviour] found that people around the world are predisposed to believe that atheists are more likely to be serial killers than religious believers — a bias even held by atheists themselves.
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By the numbers: The study included 3,256 participants across 13 diverse countries that included highly secular nations like Finland and the Netherlands as well as highly religious ones like the United Arab Emirates and India.<ref>[https://www.axios.com/youre-more-likely-to-assume-a-serial-killer-is-an-atheist-2470310571.html People assume serial killers are atheists], Axios</ref>}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
*[[Atheism and psychopathy]]
 
*[[Atheism and psychopathy]]
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*[[Irreligion, psychopathy, crime, violence and antisocial behavior]]
 
*[[Atheism and mental illness]]
 
*[[Atheism and mental illness]]
*[[Irreligious prison population]]
 
*[[Religion and crime reduction]]
 
 
*[[Atheism and morality]]
 
*[[Atheism and morality]]
 
*[[Atheism and rape]]
 
*[[Atheism and rape]]
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*[[Atheism and alcoholism]]
 
*[[Atheism and alcoholism]]
 
*[[Atheism and suicide]]
 
*[[Atheism and suicide]]
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*[[Atheism and cannibalism]]
 
*[[Atheism and health]]
 
*[[Atheism and health]]
 
*[[Atheism and depression]]
 
*[[Atheism and depression]]
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*[[Irreligious prison population]]
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*[[Religion and crime reduction]]
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
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[[Category:Atheists]]
 
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Revision as of 18:25, 16 November 2017

The following is a list of atheist shooters and serial killers. Atheists have a long record of being mass shooters and militant atheism in general has a causal association with mass murder.

Due to this fact, peer reviewed research published in academic journals has found that society-at-large is likely to hold atheists responsible for capital criminal acts and that even atheists are likely to assume that serial killers are fellow atheists.[2][3][4]

United States

Jared Loughner's mugshot, released January 10, 2011

Canada

Norway

Anders Breivik stated that "Religion is a crutch for many weak people", echoing the quote of atheistic communist philosopher Karl Marx[19]

Study: People assume serial killers are atheists

The news and analysis website Axios reported:

A new study published in Nature Human Behaviour found that people around the world are predisposed to believe that atheists are more likely to be serial killers than religious believers — a bias even held by atheists themselves.

By the numbers: The study included 3,256 participants across 13 diverse countries that included highly secular nations like Finland and the Netherlands as well as highly religious ones like the United Arab Emirates and India.[20]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Stone Phillips, Jeffrey Dahmer (1994). Jeffrey Dahmer Interview - MSNBC Footage. Dateline NBC. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  2. Pettit, Harry (August 7, 2017). Do we need religion to have good morals? Even atheists think horrific crimes are likely committed by atheists. Daily Mail. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  3. Atheists tend to be seen as immoral – even by other atheists: study. The Guardian (August 7, 2017). Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  4. Daisy Grewal (January 17, 2012). In Atheists We Distrust. Scientific American. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  5. Stanton, Jenny (November 5, 2017). Texas church shooter Devin Kelley was an 'outcast'. Daily Mail. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  6. Shoebat, Theodore (November 5, 2017). Make No Mistake About It, The Man Who Slaughtered 26 Christians In A Baptist Church In Texas Was An Atheist Who Hated Christ And The Christian Faith. Walid Shoebat. Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  7. UPDATE: Sutherland Springs Gunman Devin Kelley Wore "All Black" - Facebook Page Suggests He Was Diehard Atheist, CNN Fan. The Gateway Pundit (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  8. Devin Kelley: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know. Heavy (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  9. Texas shooter Devin Patrick Kelley was a radical SJW Atheist!. OneHallyu (November 5, 2017). Retrieved on November 5, 2017.
  10. DEVIN KELLEY FACEBOOK LIKED ATHEIST PAGES, CNN, Pacific Pundit
  11. Katie Zavadski (October 2, 2015). Umpqua Gunman Chris Harper Mercer Hated Religion Online. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  12. Eli Saslow, Sarah Kaplan and Joseph Hoyt (October 2, 2015). Oregon shooter said to have singled out Christians for killing in ‘horrific act of cowardice’. The Washington Post. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  13. The Chapel Hill shooting: White male atheist murders three Muslim students. New Statesman. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  14. Rogers, Abby (July 23, 2012). Alleged Shooter James Holmes Bragged Of 'Soul Penetrating Eyes' On Dating Website (English). Business Insider. Retrieved on October 8, 2017. “In his profile, Holmes described himself as an agnostic man who "definitely" wants kids, only drinks "socially," and doesn't smoke.”
  15. Who is Jared Loughner? Friends Reveal Alienation. CBS News (January 10, 2011). Retrieved on 7 October 2017. “An ardent atheist, he began to characterize people as sheep whose free will was being sapped by the government and the monotony of modern life.”
  16. Keane, Brett (August 16, 2017). Atheists List of Killers and Criminals. GodTVRadio News. Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  17. Wolcott, Martin Gilman (2004). The Evil 100. Kensington Publishing Corporation. ISBN 9780806525556. Retrieved on October 7, 2017. 
  18. Langton, Jerry (January 12, 2010). Rage: The True Story of a Sibling Murder. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780470739969. Retrieved on 7 October 2017. “I hate this world, I hate the people in it, I hate the way people live, I hate God, I hate the deceivers, I hate betrayers, I hate religious zealots...” 
  19. 19.0 19.1 Anders Breivik Manifesto: Shooter/Bomber Downplayed Religion, Secular Influence Key. International Business Times (July 25, 2011). Retrieved on October 7, 2017.
  20. People assume serial killers are atheists, Axios

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