For those of us who have long wondered where ISIS and other terrorist groups find people willing to commit atrocities of unspeakable brutality, one answer appears to be white supremacists willing to trade one extremist lifestyle for another. That is what Devon Arthurs, 18, is accused of doing when he gave up a life as a neo-Nazi and became a radical Muslim. He then proceeded to kill two of his roommates, 22-year-old Jeremy Himmelman and 18-year-old Andrew Oneschuk, for blasphemy after they mocked Islam.
According to the police report:
Arthurs claimed that he and his roommates shared a common neo-Nazi belief, until Arthurs recently converted to Islam. He said his roommates disrespected his Muslim faith.
He also said he had become angered by what he described as the world’s anti-Muslim sentiment and wanted to bring attention to his cause.
He then allegedly fled the scene of the murders and took hostages in a smoke shop.
To give you an idea of the mentality of these people, a third roommate was arrested after the discovery of neo-Nazi propaganda and explosives in his apartment. A former Florida National Guardsman, Brandon Russell had a framed photo of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh on his dresser.
The appeal is obvious. You can join an extreme religious sect and continued to hate and kill in the name of what is declared to be the one and true religion.