Asperger’s is not a defense to jihadism

Ed Morrissey writes about yet another homegrown jihadist, this one in Pennsylvania.  The only thing that distinguishes this story about a man who wants to use his Islamic faith as a reason to commit mass murder is the defense his family is mounting:  the 21-year old has Asperger’s, they say.  I know a lot of kids with Asperger’s.  None joyfully prepare for mass murder on the basis of faith.  Unlike psychopathy and paranoid schizophrenia, mental and personality disorders that have close ties to murder, Asperger’s doesn’t.  I think it’s just plain nasty that the family is putting this one forward.