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Shooting ‘Devils’: What Beliefs Drove the Baton Rouge Police Killer?

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While the Trumpification of the GOP held the attention of many mainstream media, some were probing the warped mind of Gavin Long, who shot three police officers in Baton Rouge before being shot dead himself. Their chilling discoveries are reported in well-crafted articles, especially in the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Here are some of the spiritual currents they found coursing through the killer’s mind:

* He returned from a visit to Africa saying that fasting and abstaining from sex, activated his pineal gland and “opened a third eye of wisdom.”

* He began calling himself Ausar Setepenra, a reference to two Egyptian gods.

* He claimed membership in a group of African Americans who say they’re a “sovereign Native American tribe.”

* The world is “run by devils,” in his view.

Of the articles, the Post’s – with six reporters writing 1,400 words – is the most ambitious. It tries to track his movements over his last few weeks:

He stopped in Houston, telling strangers on a sidewalk how he had fasted for two years while abroad — as well as abstained from sex — and how it helped him shed 100 pounds and opened a third eye of wisdom.

Then he stopped in Baton Rouge, meandering through the city and recording a rambling video of himself — until the moment Sunday morning when he calmly and deliberately took aim at local police, killing three officers and wounded three others…

Continue reading at GetReligion.org

 



 

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