It's the 1-year anniversary of the terror attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead and 22 seriously injured. Islamophobes leaped to the conclusion that Islam inspired the horrific violence. But ABC News has now uncovered the true cause — Christmas:
Authorities believe the terrorist attack on Dec. 2, 2015, in San Bernardino may have been triggered by a mandatory employee training session and lunch replete with holiday decorations, including a Christmas tree, that shooter Syed Farook was forced to attend.
Emails discovered by the FBI and police reveal Farook’s wife, Pakistani native Tashfeen Malik, objected to the Christmas setting and was upset her husband had to go.
Just before the attack, Farook posed with four fellow county employees in front of a Christmas tree in a conference room.
A short time later, 14 people were killed and 22 others injured when Farook and Malik opened fire at the meeting with assault rifles.
“She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event,” said San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan in an exclusive interview with ABC News that aired on ABC News’ “Nightline.”
“That really is one of the very, very few pieces of potential evidence that we have that we can truly point to and say, ‘That probably is a motive in this case,’” he said.
How tragic that Syed and Tashfiend lost their lives in a gunfight with police after the attack. If authorities had known that the Christmas tree was actually to blame, they instead could have received counseling for their trauma.
Posted by Bryan Treadway.