Aurora Theater Shooter James Holmes Reportedly Converts to Islam in Prison

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


This is far from proven, but if Holmes did indeed covert to Islam, he wouldn’t be the first prisoner to go Mohammedan behind bars. This story does come from a prison source to the National Enquirer, which can be unpredictably right and wrong. So take it with some salt.

The man who shot up an Aurora, Colo., movie theater during a screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” last summer has reportedly converted to Islam and prays up to five times a day.

A prison source say the beard James Holmes sported in court last months represents his new-found faith. The source said Mr. Holmes has turned Muslim as a way of justifying his horrific crimes on July 20 which left 12 people dead and 58 people wounded, the Daily Mail reports.

“He has brainwashed himself into believing he was on his own personal jihad and that his victims were infidels,” the source told the National Enquirer.

Mr. Holmes now prays five times a day, sticks to a strict Muslim diet and spends hours each day studying the Koran, the source told the Enquirer.

But most Muslim inmates are not happy with the convict’s new religion.

Well yes. There are enough Muslims engaging in mass killings. Having a non-Muslim mass killer convert is like shipping coals to Newcastle or murderers to Islam.

  • marios

    Wow. Really not all Muslims are terrorists (so far!) but all terrorists are Muslims. It is logically if he converted to murderous cult Islam. Question is why is it permitted to continue that stupid policy for Muslim proselytize in jails? Why there is no law prohibited it? We really become suicidal nation watch and do nothing to prevent our country destruction..

    • Sailsman

      Because Christianity has been pilloried by the denizens of the Frankfurt school and has been emasculated and driven from public life in the U.S.A. Apparently neither humanism nor Judaism holds much appeal for most people.

      • Questions

        Every Sunday, the doors of more than 300,000 churches in this country swing open for worshippers. And I don't see any government agents shutting them down. The "persecution" of Christians is your own illusion.

        • BLJ

          Go visit a mosque and give us a report. Better yet, stay there.

          • Questions

            Go live in the real world. There is no persecution of Christians in this country, Frankfurt School or no Frankfurt School.

            I'm appalled at how David Horowitz, an educated man, can attract such shrill, uneducated followers.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            We do live in the real world.
            Are you aware that crosses on soldier's memorials are being removed? If the courts defend the crosses, then they're stolen.

            Children have to meet at the flag pole to pray. But muslims are allowed foot baths.
            Christian ministers can't use the name of Christ at military services.

            For you to pretend there isn't state organized persecution is not accurate.

          • onepornqueen

            Don't follow him, then.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Common sense, it just baffles them, doesn't it?

          • wispymoon

            you do realize that they are trying to make being christian in the military a crime, right? They are comparing sharing your religion to spiritual rape and treason.
            http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2013/05/01/Bre

        • objectivefactsmatter

          "Every Sunday, the doors of more than 300,000 churches in this country swing open for worshippers. And I don't see any government agents shutting them down. The "persecution" of Christians is your own illusion."

          Persecution and oppression come in a variety of forms. Their lives are not threatened for the most part. Their ideas are, and in particular their ability to speak freely about those ideas.

        • defcon 4

          Christianity is pilloried by the cowardly leftards in the MSM, who would much rather faux Christian atrocities than islamofascist persecution, murder, rape and terror.

    • Guest

      The Tamil Tigers (who invented suicide bombing) are not muslim.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        The troll who pretends that's the first suicide attacks must be.

    • Asher

      People can be really dumb. Some of the excuses for Jihad. Colorful examples of why Jihad is commited:

      1990- "A prescription drug for depression, (to explain the assasination of Rabbi Meir Kahane.)
      1991- A robbery gone wrong, (the murder of Makin Morcos in Sydney
      1994- "Road Rage" (the killing of a random Jew on the Brooklyn Bridge)
      1997- "Many enemies in his mind" ( the shooting murder atop the Empire State Building)
      2002- A stormy family relationship" (the Beltway snipers)
      2004- "Loneliness and depression" (an explosion in Brescia, Italy outside a McDonald's restaurant)
      2005-Nidal Hassan, Fort Hood Shooter…victim of racism, not belonging, pre-traumatic stress disorder, mental problems, all the why recruiting Jihadists on line and the military knew it…

  • BLJ

    A loser joins a loser cult.

  • D-Boy

    well he just proved to me he really is insane, not that I didn't believe it from the day of his crime. Sane people don't go on shooting sprees in America. But Muslims do in any country.

  • marleyman

    Yes yes.. keep trashing islam and muslims and call them terrorists indiscriminately and act like this is not racist since you've already atoned for your racism to blacks and Hispanics. This post is racist and written by a racist writer who will go on to become an Expert on terrorists and build a career around that. But in the end he's a racist bigot using one line or rumor to create a 7 paragraph rant on fear mongering a trashing 1.5 billion muslims worldwide. Not all terrorists are muslims and some of your best heroes fit the description of terrorists.

    • BLJ

      If hating Islam makes me a racist sign me up!

      • jakespoon

        Ditto.

    • http://twitter.com/karita_feliz @karita_feliz

      How's this site racist to Hispanics? I'm Hispanic and I disagree with You

      • Lan Astaslem

        we are islamosavvy – onto their death cult 'religion'

    • defcon 4

      What race is islam again AHmed? Oh BTW, Bob Marley converted to Christianity before he died and was buried w/a bible, so stick that up your camel humping arse.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      5 of those paragraphs are quotes from a major newspaper.

      But crying racism means never having to say you're sorry.

      • Lan Astaslem

        A racist is anyone winning an argument with a leftistt.

        • brandy

          Winning is taking that label? haahaaa stupid redneck teabagger.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "…keep trashing islam and muslims and call them terrorists indiscriminately and act like this is not racist since you've already atoned for your racism to blacks and Hispanics."

      Try this: It's not racism because it has nothing to do with race or any racial theory.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Not all terrorists are muslims and some of your best heroes fit the description of terrorists."

      Fit jihadi or leftist definitions of terrorists? If so, that's because they made themselves enemies of civilization. Of course they'll lie about us. That's what's behind the whole conflict; liars and lies.

    • Drakken

      Oh look! Another leftist/progressive/marxist throwing out the ole race and bigot card. I got news for ya Sparky, it has Zero meaning anymore because you effing leftards abused it to the point it has zero impact or meaning, so get bent with it, for that dog don't hunt no more.

    • anti terrorist

      but most international terrorists are Muslims and most apologists for them like yourself always use the moral equivalent argument and anti Whitey stance ("some of your heroes …") which based on sheer number is ludicrous and pales in comparison..how about offering up some names of US heroes who u think are terrorists ..before u do ..look up the definition of "terrorist".

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      When did islam become a race?

      • patriothere

        When the copts did.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          The copts have been a race far longer than the persians.

          • patriothere

            You're stupid.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I'm factual.

          • patriothere

            LOL! No, you're stupid.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            I'm not stupid enough to take a paid hack troll seriously.

            6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
            I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

    • Ron

      Islam is not a race so he can't be a racist. What islam is, is a mental illness and I'm not sure what to call it.

    • brandy

      I hate all organized religions and that doesn't make me a racist.

    • Mith Radates

      Islam is not a race, nor a religion, just a violent, kill-everyone-who doesn't -agree-with-you psychopathology of crazies who will fight to the death for the right to live in squalor and beat their women.

  • Toni_Pereira

    If those news are true, it is provably a stunt to get some leniency"(Oh!Allah made him do it! the poor fellow went bonkers"). As far has i know, he won't be trialled in San Francisco, so he will get what he deserves.,

  • jakespoon

    A sick,perverted individual seeking companionship with other sick,perverted individuals. Kinda like a sheep fuc-er's union meeting.

  • Mike

    So this insane idiot walked into a dark theater and randomly shot innocent people. How were they infidels? Is this what Islam teaches? Where is it written in the koran that one can just shot anyone they want and say that Mohammed made me do it?

    • defcon 4

      Muslimes do it ALL the time, ALL over the world, right NOW, in the 21st century.

    • Asher

      Holmes is already a killer…should fit right in with Islam.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      You really should read surah 9.
      http://www.skepticsannotatedbible.com/quran/9/

      It was the next to last teaching of mohammed, so it's the one that matters as his 'last word' on it.

      9:5 Then, when the sacred months have passed, slay the idolaters wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush. But if they repent and establish worship and pay the poor-due, then leave their way free. Lo! Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

      • patriothere

        Allah is arabic for god. The god of the Old Testament. Which is the god of the New Testament.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          Of course not. If your barbaric fake god was the same as the Almighty he wouldn't need suicide bombers to act for him. And this guy wouldn't need to convert to allah from anything, now would he?

          • patriothere

            I'm factual.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            No, you're a paid hack troll.

            6 minutes ago @ Breitbart.com – Protests to greet Ahma… · 1 reply · 0 points
            I'm like jesus, I'm gonna chase you money changers out of the temple and out of town and of course out of this forum. Me and ohsoquiet and a few other REAL AMERICANS who are being PAID to be here like you Israeli PR men. I'm here to chase you filth out.

  • BS77

    This guy is a steaming pile. End of story.

  • TimN

    "This is far from proven" — so why print rumors and gossip?

    "This story does come from a prison source to the National Enquirer, which can be unpredictably right and wrong. So take it with some salt."

    What – a jailbird feeding a line to the Enquirer? I'd say a lot of salt.
    Yeah sometimes they get a scoop gossiping on some celebrity in rehab or cheesy paparazzi shots, but how seriously can you take a 'newspaper' that runs articles like "B-17 found on Moon" -with an accompanying picture of a B-17 crashed in a lunar crater. (Yes it was a real article).

    Is FPM really that hard up for material that the're culling the Enquirer for tidbits?

    • jakespoon

      I guess Tim you can take it as seriously as any MSM that gets tingles up it's leg,or one that said this guy was a TEA-party member because he(and about a thousand others) has the same name as a TEA-Party member. A very small bit of investigation showed that was ludicrous. At least the Enquirer nailed Bubba,The Adulterous Perjurer.BTW,I wonder what his(the joker) new muslim name is? Fuqhuad al- Douchebag,maybe.

  • Asher

    Another Jihadi recruited…Islam wants the prison people…they are easy to brainwash.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      And no morals to overcome.

      • patriothere

        They should just follow your god that demands slavery and genocide and cruelty to children.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

          I'm not a follower of allah.

          • patriothere

            Yes you are.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Go ahead and insult me all you want. The Almighty is nothing like allah.

          • patriothere

            You are a follower of the same god that Muslims follow.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            Oh heavens no. Where did you get that idea?

            From the same handlers that pay you to come here and try to drive people away?

  • kafir4life

    A good move on his part. As a muslim you become part of running the prison, as much as if you were the warden. He'll get to stick his butt in the air 5 times a day, and nobody will dare going all islam on his rear.

  • kafir4life

    If muslim inmates aren't happy with his reversion, it's only because he's done more Islamic things than they.

  • joe dupont

    As much as I feel that there is no such thing as cruel or unusual punishment in execution of James Holmes, after a swift trial, the concept of the citizens of Colorado standing by and allowing Mr. Holmes to subject himself to a "narcoanalytic " interview is disgusting. Why not force everyone to take lie detector tests when we are on the witness stand? Is there any part of our Bill of Rights left?
    Even George Orwell would not have predicted such "Big Brother" interrogation tactics ;Tactics which might make Russia's KGB look like Boy Scouts. What a low point for civilized mankind!

  • Gail

    A report in any tabloid is low because tabloids are low. Don't buy and don't read them, ever. James Holmes' issue is all about him and that is the simple truth of it all. He basically had his own very sadistic genocide spree and is the only one accountable. No religion or excuse of insanity created his senseless killing. He did.

  • Rueth

    I'm sorry – this same "informant"(leaked to be prison guard by one news source) from the prison has been barking out stories since he was arrested, and they always coincide with a new pic, or new info coming out about this pycho – who I refuse to give glory 2 by using his name – I think the informant will say anything or repeat any online rumor to get his $.
    A convenient piece of info after pics of the dazz with beard are what circulate now. How could he be doing all his converting while chained to beds in other reports – and converts to Islam don't just say hey yea…I'm in – not in jail – there would be a whole other kind of system inside prison – one in place that had him PROVE himself for a longer time if not just to prove he wasn't an informant.
    Di-ck Yes, but every ounce of rumor is not true
    If shaggy hair and a beard are what makes you a convert to Islam I better be looking further into the doings of my grandma' !