This is only an issue at all because his motives were Islamic. If he had shouted "Glory to Jesus Christ" and started shooting, there would never have been a question in the trial as to whether or not his motives were relevant. If his motives had been entirely secular, there would be no problem with discussing them. If his motive had been related to "workplace violence," in accord with the government's claim, it would be discussed extensively? What murder trial doesn't discuss motive -- indeed, forbids discussion of it? The answer is one that airs uncomfortable facts about Islamic theology and law -- facts that the government and mainstream media don't want you to know.
"Prosecution seeks to present evidence of Hasan’s religious motives in Fort Hood shootings," by Jeremy Schwartz for the American-Statesman, August 17 (thanks to Kenneth):
FORT HOOD — A military judge is weighing whether prosecutors will be allowed to present evidence of Maj. Nidal Hasan’s growing radicalization and religious motives in the Nov. 5, 2009, shootings.
Prosecutors said Friday they are seeking to present about 10 witnesses next week, when Hasan’s death penalty court-martial resumes, who would testify to alarming statements the Army psychiatrist made while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center last decade....