The Fort Hood shootings offer yet another example of the media's obsession with digging up any plausible cause for a religious hate crime other than the most obvious -- religion. Islam is not a "religion of peace," nor is Christianity. Both are a mixed bag, but the ultimate moral act in each religion is submission to God's will, even if God's will is immoral. Sure, most people use their religion for solace and moral instruction, but the justification for violence is at the core of all three Abrahamic faiths.
you'll probably find Ibn Warraq's statement on the shooting at Fort Hood interesting. he urges everyone to stop being so "PC". people need to stop denying that Islam, and religion in general, has a causal relationship with these evils and is not merely incidental to them. i agree with him wholeheartedly.
of course i hasten to add, not for my freethinking friends here who i think i can assume would know otherwise, but for anyone else who may come across this post, i am NOT saying that all Muslims, nor indeed of course all religionists, are terrorists or that when they do something evil is it always as a direct result of their religion. i am merely agreeing with Steven Weinberg when he said, "Good people will do good things, and bad people will do bad things... But for good people to do bad things — that takes religion."
Just wait until an unbalanced person who happens to not believe or can be vaguely shown to have not believed in god, publicly shoots something up for the American national media, there will be pitchforks and torches.