Devin Kelly was a deranged, anti-Christian, militant atheist (an Antifa nihilistic anarchist type) violently hell-bent on killing his Christian in-laws (who he hated because of their faith) and as many believers as he could murder, injure and traumatize. That the driving force behind his horrible crime was rage against God and Christianity is proved by his on-line proselytizing that went on for years; and more tellingly, by his first two tragic victims: perfect strangers walking outside the church he attacked. What did these two do to deserve Kelly's wrath? They were Christians, the worst kind of evil scum in his mind, shaped or poisoned by (as Chris Hitchen's would say) the same religious values, principles and ideals as his evil in-laws, and like them deserving death.
Indeed, Kelly could have gunned down his in-laws in their homes or at the mall or neighborhood food store or when walking the dog; but that would look too personal, petty and non-ideological for a committed proselytizing atheist like himself - a waste of bullets for a man with a deadly mission who wanted the world to know just how much he hated the faith, and wanted to destroy whatever little part of it he could. And he achieved his limited aim.
Devin Kelly as the anarchical, chaos loving Joker.
Truth is Kelly hated Christianity more than he hated his Christian in-laws and showed it by killing more than two dozen believers he had no relation to (his ex wife's grandmother was among the 26 dead). Indeed, by including his in-laws in a larger horrific massacre instead of killing them separately and individually he wanted to make perfectly, unmistakably, unambiguously clear to all the ideological nature of his crime. Indeed, what the obsessed Devin Kelly had fantasized doing in his violent imagination for years reached an uncontrollable boiling point that compelled him to act: he stormed into the packed Baptist church his gun blazing away shooting 450 rounds indiscriminately at everyone in sight wanting to annihilate his in-laws and every other worshiper to satisfy his lust for Christian blood. When the mayhem ended every one inside the church was either dead or injured.
Indeed, the religion that made Kelly's in-laws so personally intolerably, abhorrently hateful to him made every other believer in that church just as loathsome and wickedly bad in his view. There was only one real enemy for Kelly in the church that day: CHRISTIANITY.
But Kelly's twisted mentality which stereotyped all Christians into one great collective demonic being deserving extinction is not new in history. What he did was rooted in 18th century revolutionary France where mobs of anti-Catholic zealots under leftist dictator Maximilian Robespierre mass murdered, raped and injured priests, nuns and worshipers in churches, convents, religious schools and at festivals honoring saints. Thousands were killed and driven from France by Christian hating atheists intent on de-ChrIstianizing their country and turning it into a "Republic of Reason" (see). Believers were guillotined in public squares, or slaughtered in pews while at prayer, or burned alive as the churches they prayed in were razed to the ground. But the revolution eventually collapsed and Christianity survived in France as Napoleon put an end to the terror.
The blessed martyrs of Compiegne going to their deaths (see).
And inspired by the revolutionary French to de-Christianize their country Russian socialist revolutionary atheists under Lenin and Stalin mass murdered up to 20 million Orthodox Russians, Catholics and Protestants in the worst anti-Christian reign of terror in history (see).
Lenin and Stalin the two greatest mass murderers of Christians in history.
But was Robespierre, Lenin and Stalin any less deranged or psychotic than Devin Kelly in their anti-Christian bigotry and unappeasable hate? In his sick, violent, terrorist mind Kelly dreamed of killing Christians en masse; but because he was a powerless nobody he was very limited in the evil he could do. Whereas Robespierre, Lenin and Stalin were Devin Kellys ruling nations with great power to do evil on a grand scale. Other than the degree of power to persecute and kill Christians, morally and mentally there was very little difference between Kelly and three of the greatest mass murderers of Christians in history.
The Texas Church Massacre was a hate crime plain and simple committed by a lunatic left-wing atheist blaming Christianity for his failed marriage, conflict with his in-laws and ultimately everything else wrong with his pathetic, failed nothing of a life. For him the only good Christians were dead Christians. But in killing just 26 of them out of the 2.5 billion that populate this planet he achieved absolutely nothing in eradicating it from the world. For as soon as he killed the 26 tens and thousands of new born Christians entered this world.