Last Sunday, the New York Post reported on the murder of the Armanious family, consisting of husband, wife and two daughters. The Armanious' were Coptic Christians originally hailing from Egyptian. Hossam Armanious was outspoken in his beliefs and he displayed them for all to see on paltalk.com. He paid for those beliefs in full, not only with his life but his family's.
This should merit further investigation, but Robert Spencer has the following:
A close friend of Hossam Armanious, the Coptic Christian who was brutally murdered in New Jersey along with his family, is the source of this information, which comes to you exclusively from Jihad Watch:
The Armanious family had inspired several Muslims to convert to Christianity — or thought they had. These converts were actually practicing taqiyya, or religious deception, pretending to be friends of these Christians in order to strengthen themselves against them, as in Qur'an 3:28: "Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful -- he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah -- except in self-defense."
It was these "converts" who knocked on the door of the Armanious home. Of course, the family, not suspecting the deception, was happy to see the "converted" men and willingly let them in to their home. That's why there was no sign of forced entry. Then the "converted" Muslims did their grisly work.
A very troubling story if true, and I'm sure there's more than meets the eye. There may have been insurmountable cultural tension between native Egyptians with fundamental religious differences, not to mention some personal animosity towards Mr. Armanious. But just like with Theo van Gogh, it doesn't excuse murder or that Armanious had it coming. I won't go as far as Spencer in calling it "America's Theo van Gogh murder", but I do agree that this act is an "indication that all Muslims in the nation do not, as we are supposed to believe, unanimously accept the parameters of American pluralism. That at least some are willing to enforce Sharia penalties right here, right now." Like with any sales pitch, the best response to proselytizing is a polite "no, I'm not interested", no matter how obnoxious the salesperson is.
Update: First off, I added a question mark to the title. If the murders are proven not to have been religiously motivated, I will retract and apologize. So far, authorities have not publicly ruled out anything, but there is a reasonable amount of circumstantial information to suggest that the Armanious family was murdered for being evangelistic Coptic Christians. Why bring up this post in the first place? Because it's a big deal when Americans are brutally murdered just for holding certain beliefs. Why was the murder of Theo van Gogh or Matthew Shepard a big deal? Same reason. If it is shown that religious intolerance was the driving factor, then it tells us that the ideology we are fighting abroad is being practiced right here. It needs to be brought to light, fully investigated and thoroughly defeated.
Final update: As noted here, the killers have been caught and there is no evidence of a religiously motivated crime.