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Craig Hicks, Chapel Hill Shooting Suspect, Reportedly Shared Atheist Beliefs On Facebook

Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, was charged on Wednesday with murdering three members of a Muslim family in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The motivation for the killing is unclear, though police said their preliminary investigation showed that a parking dispute may have been at the root of the matter.

Hicks, however, appears to have spoken openly about his anti-religious views on what is reportedly his Facebook page. The page was frequently updated with quotes, cartoons and links representing these opinions.

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On Aug. 11, 2011, Hicks appears to have written:

There is no position on which people are so immovable as their religious beliefs. There is no more powerful ally one can claim in a debate than Jesus Christ, or God, or Allah, or whatever one calls this supreme being. The religious factions that are growing throughout our land are not using their religious clout with wisdom. They are trying to force government leaders into following their position 100 percent.

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On Jan. 20 of this year, the page was updated with a photo of what the caption calls a “loaded 38 revolver.”

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In addition to the posts criticizing religion, the page also includes posts advocating equal rights for LGBT people and promoting freedom of speech.

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