James Holmes: Did Aurora Shooter Convert to Islam?

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James Holmes, the alleged Aurora, Colorado, movie theater shooter, has reportedly converted to Islam while in jail. Emphasis on reportedly.

Holmes’ rumored religious conversion has been widely rumored, yet scrutinized by some media sources, citing a lack of credible evidence.

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The Daily Mail first ran with the story that Holmes converted to Islam in jail and is now a dedicated Muslim who prays five times a day.

The newspaper received the tip from a prison source, who noted Holmes’ beard, in his most recent court appearance, as evidence of his conversion.

“He has brainwashed himself into believing that he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,” the source said of Holmes.

He now abides by a Muslim diet and studies the Quran, supposedly.

The prison source said other Muslim inmates are not happy, given that “They don't want their religion to be connected to that awful shooting.”

Questions about Holmes’ conversion to Islam started circulating once the Washington Times published the story, with Salon offering heavy scruntiny.

The site discusses the questionable sourcing, noting the unnamed prison source as a problem, as well as the Daily Mail’s history of false reports.

Salon's main point was that people just ran the rumor as fact:

“It’s entirely possible that Holmes has converted to Islam, and even that he brainwashed himself into ex-post-facto justifying his killing," the site says.

Yet while "James Holmes is severely disturbed, by all accounts, and could delude himself into thinking anything,” ties to Islam are far from established.

Salon contends that Islam itself has become the story here:

“If Holmes suddenly became a devout Pentecostal or Hindu in prison, would bloggers be connecting the religion to the shooting in the way they are now?”


How fitting.... what does it say that criminals are attracted to islam?


What was he pior to conversion...a Christian?

@ steve

Crazy! His conversion to islam seems fitting.

Nara c jrao

Common Hollywood Gossip, James Holmes, the real life mass murderer is a celebrity now???


You took out of context the whole story from the Daily One to protect Islam, but that's typical liberalism at it's best & worst...They reported "Quote" Reportedly converted, you do know what Reportedly means right? "According to report or rumor." Further more, though I don't read the National Enquirer, they have broken more leading stories than the ever elusive truth obstructionist MSM who refuses like you do here to responsible reporting, for anything remotely anti-Islam would kill you dumb bastards, most notably the John Edwards story, you do remember that one aye and many others that the MSM refuses to touch and the Daily One has not to my knowledge once misled a report and you should proof of your ALLEGATION of their fabricating such instead of just stating your biased opinion, minus of course any truths here...
It's very possible this sick evil murderer did convert to justify his actions as they all try to do...
What more can this fool already do to hurt the already corrupted nature of Islam and it''s already corrupted cult following...Hmm??? Source: Daily One
James Holmes, the gunman behind the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado last July, has "reportedly" turned Muslim and prays five times a day.
The killer showed off a lengthy, thick beard during a court appearance earlier this month, and a prison source has claimed it is a symbol of his new-found faith.
The "source" said Holmes has turned to Islam as a way of "justifying" his horrific murder spree in an Aurora, Colorado cinema on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded.
He now prays five times a day, sticks to a strict Muslim diet and spends hours each day studying the Qur'an, the source said. But his new routine has upset Muslim inmates. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook 'He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,' a prison source told the National Enquirer. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...
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Would Salon like to repeat their question when, in modern times,either groups has flown jets into buildings or even just run cars into crowds, burned churches with people worshipping inside, or declared infitadas against unbelievers? Salon is shameless. And so are you fo printimg a news story you tout as a "rumor" -- it's all over the net, mot just one source -- and then add an "opposing view" that is again, just rumors -- no sources -- only by the elites' favorite bathrooom rag, Salon.

Kevin purfield

Sandy Phillips's daughter Jessica Redfield Ghawi was reported as having been shot and killed in Aurora Colorado July 20, 2012. Sandy Phillips was in Newtown for the recording of the Katie Couric t.v. show. Sandy has not been honest because her son Jordan Ghawi told me the family never saw Jessica's body not even for the funeral which was held in Texas. November 23 I spoke with Gregory and Rena Medek and they told me their daughter Micayla's coffin was empty at her funeral. Rena Medek cried on the phone and asked me "where are they?" Greg and Rena Medek live in Aurora. The Arapahoe Coroner issued a press release July 21 that lists the names of twelve victims they said were killed in the shooting


I am not religious. I believe in an iron clad separation between church and state. I also have no tolerance for lying bigots even when they attack those who I don’t share the any beliefs with. There’s a story that is gaining momentum that is already being used to justify the vilest of prejudices. Among the problems is that the story is probably false. Fox Nation...Report: Batman Shooter Converts to Islam What was Fox’s source? That pathetic right wing rag The Washington Times, owned by the Moonies (a religion I think you can more safely make generalizations about than the world’s 2.2 billion Muslims). Except it wasn’t actually that papers own journalism. Watch was The Washington Times source? The frequently erroneous Daily Mail, who’s salacious version was bluntly inflammatory, “He [Holmes] has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels.” Except it wasn’t actually that papers own journalism either. What was The Daily Mail’s source? The National Enquirer. That’s right, the world’s most notorious gossip rag. But don’t bother looking for it on their website, because though it their own reporting, the either didn’t post it, or took it down. Interestingly, Rupert Murdoch owns both the Enquirer and Fox, making the decision to misdirect the sourcing very suspicious. It was The National Enquire’s journalism, but where did they get their information? An unnamed “prison source.” I have a back ground in law enforcement, specifically the corrections system. That source, even it even exists, spoke to reporters in violation of explicit directives from his/her agency. Such sources are notoriously dubious. This story grew legs fast, and typical of the reaction it provoked is this lovely sentence from Jihad Watch website: “Actually, if Holmes’ conversion was initiated post-massacre, it does lend to the canard that violence in Islam is perpetrated only by the extreme, misguided.”


are kids of this age murdered in every islam-family?

@ abe

Well put shadowgraph,
He may well have converted, but the rest is just unjustifiable,gratuitous fodder for the hungry public. And I seem to remember your other articles implying the poor suspect was too shocked, and perhaps even drugged, to comprehend anything, let alone embrace the complexties of a new faith and declare jihad in his spare time.

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