It’s not so—it is fake news—that the Texas man who shot and killed 26 people while injuring 20 others was a Democratic activist motivated by atheism, PolitiFact has ruled.
In a fact-check posted Monday, the Washington-based site said that bloggers on Freedumjunkshun.com, a self-avowed fake news website, portrayed the perpetrator as a desperate Democratic activist whose killings in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs was motivated by atheism.
The inaccurate post said: “FBI and Texas State Police are both confirming that Raymond Peter Littleberry, the man accused of shooting up a Texas church, was an avid atheist on the payroll of the Democrat National Committee.”
This fake news article missed basic facts and fabricated others. It wrongly identified the alleged shooter as Raymond Peter Littleberry. Law enforcement officials have identified the gunman as 26-year-old Devin Patrick Kelley.
Some media reports quoted acquaintances of Kelley describing the man as an avowed atheist. But the fake news article’s claim that atheism motivated the attack was undercut by law enforcement officials who said religion was not a factor, and that the shooting appeared to stem from a “domestic situation.”