Double standard rears its ugly head in a story on Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, an avowed Buddhist. Washington Post writer William W. Quinn, himself a Buddhist, takes pains to point out that their belief doesn't excuse mass murder.
Fair enough, but then Quinn goes too far. First he notes that only a "minority of Muslims" practice indiscriminate violence. Then he says that the teachings of universal love, charity, and compassion "are far from evident among many if not most self-proclaimed Christians."
This amounts to clutching at straws, somehow equating a lack of compassion with gross violence like body bombs and AK47 attacks. I can think of only one motive: trying to give a pass to most Muslims, then throw a blanket criticism over most Christians.
Shouldn't someone who holds a doctorate in religion think a little more sharply? And shouldn't the Washington Post edit a little more sharply?