This is What Can Happen When Religious People are ‘Self-Taught’

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The Associated Press reports of the Toulouse butcher-

Mohamed Merah

Just a few weeks ago, Mohamed Merah partied at a nightclub, and an acquaintance noticed nothing out of the ordinary about the former car body shop worker who another friend said liked to talk about “cars, bikes, girls and sport.”  … Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that Merah was a self-taught Salafi who had been to Afghanistan twice and had trained in the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan. He also had a long criminal record, the prosecutor said, adding that the suspected gunman’s brother had been implicated in a 2007 network that sent militant fighters to Iraq.

Self taught is he?  He had the world’s worst teacher.

UPDATE:  Here’s a second, clearer photo (from the Times of Israel)

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4 thoughts on “This is What Can Happen When Religious People are ‘Self-Taught’

    Patricia said:
    March 21, 2012 at 15:50

    I don’t think the “Christian ” West can take the high moral ground on this awful atrocity after the recent slaughter of women and children in Afghanistan by an American soldier. Both equally as dreadful, except that the Coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq present themselves as agents for good.

      Jim responded:
      March 21, 2012 at 15:51

      i dont think that the american was religiously motivated.

    Amel said:
    March 22, 2012 at 07:22

    Please take off my friend’s picture, it’s not the Mohamed Merah you think it is ! If you don’t take off this picture you took from my brother on FACEBOOK (what a pitiy from you honestly) even if you didn’t succeed to find real picture of the REAL mohamed merah, JUST DELETE THIS ONE OK? thank you

      Jim responded:
      March 22, 2012 at 07:40

      well first of all it was not found on facebook but on google images. and second, it’s labeled merah and searches of various independent sources confirm it.

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