COLUMBIA — Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people and wounded at least 30 others in a mass shooting Thursday. Hasan is a Muslim.
Jason Rodriguez killed one person and injured five others in a mass shooting on Friday in Orlando, Fla. Who knows Rodriguez’s religion?
Ibrahim Hooper, spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Washington, posed that question Friday. While Hooper said news reports could not avoid including Hasan’s faith once it came up, he added that this angle needs to be kept in perspective.
“One disturbed individual is not representative of American Muslims or of Islam as a faith,” Hooper said. (More)