You know we get constantly briefed on not taking part in groups or organizations that cause issues with ones loyalties, such as being part of a racial supremacy group, extremist political groups I really wonder if there shouldn't be added a section about, it being OK to practice ones religion but if your religion causes you to take an active resistance to the stated mission or lawful order given to you, you should not be allowed to be a part of that religion.
I have run into a number of Soldiers who are muslim. Some practice, some just say they are but do not really practice alot like the Soldiers that claim to be Christian but don't behave like it. I have never once seen any of them questioned as to their loyalties, ostracized, or held back from promotions or awards because they profess to be muslim. Heck we know that if it ever did happen and he or she took it to IG or the EO reps it would be seriously damaging to the offending parties careers and anyone around who let it happen. This guy was claiming he got a little static about him being muslim, well you know what I got static for being a lot of different things, thats part of being in the military. You have to be pretty weak minded to allow remarks like what he claims were made to him set him off to kill 13 and injure dozens more. If he was so worried about being muslim and having to fight other muslims there are plenty of ways to get out of the military all together, by getting Chaptered out probably on a failure to adapt claim. So I wave the BS flag on that one.
My feeling is he should have just killed himself if those were his real reasons but I suspect it was not. I think he actively wanted to hurt the US military effort as a result of his muslim beliefs. He is basically a traitor. I would even go so far as to investigate whether he was a infiltrator who joined with the very intent on damaging the US military.
His family that has released the typical response when these kind of things happen. "We love America....blah blah blah" Keep in mind the principle very similar to the JW's that it is OK to lie to unbelievers to advance or defend ones cause. My brother dated a girl who was a non-practicing muslim and during a family gathering with us she came out and told us that her family does just that, in public "Oh we love America and our proud to live in this wonderful country." But behind close doors curse America, non-muslims and think every tragedy that befalls the US is divine retribution for our evils.