I Stand With The Jewish Community

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Today we have seen the commission of a horrible act of terrorism and murder committed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A shooter opened fire inside a synagogue and killed 11 and injured 6 others. I am not sure if those horrific numbers will increase–I hope they do not.

It must be said without any doubt that this was an anti-Semitic, racist, bigoted, and fascist act, that also is chillingly reminiscent of acts in Germany during the 1930s. In our current political climate, in which hatred is growing, and in which guns are easily available to anyone, including some people who have no business having them, such horrors occur far too frequently. This was an act of hatred by a racist, an extreme right winger.

People of all political views, at least those who are sane, must oppose these increases in hate. There are no excuses, no justifications, and no political spins that can reduce the culpability of a political culture that has lead to the massive increase of both shootings and attacks on places of worship, especially of people in the minority in the United States. These actions indicate a growing and disturbing trend towards fascism, and it must be opposed. My parents were of the generation that fought against totalitarianism by Japan and Germany and Italy. They did not sacrifice so much so that our country can slide into fascist attitudes. We must never forget the lessons of the horrors of the 20th Century, especially the Holocaust and World War Two.

Freedom and democracy demand that reasonable people, who can certainly disagree with how to fix problems in the United States of America, unite to oppose this disturbing trend.

Again, I am horrified by this shooting, and I feel great sadness for the Jewish people who suffered from this attack–the dead, the wounded, and their families and friends.

It is not enough to offer thoughts and prayers.

This must never happen again.

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6 thoughts on “I Stand With The Jewish Community

  1. Thank you for this beautifully written post. I have friends and family who are Jewish. This terrifies them, as though they will never find a safe place to live and raise their families. If a President spreads hate, usually racists, white nationalists, and other haters, an entire community is flagged and is in jeopardy. And now, because of hate speech, it has happened to one of our Jewish communities, as shocking as it is. Bullies always target a minority that they see as non-aggressive, that go about their daily lives helping others of every creed, color, or life orientation. They see minorities as weak, but the are not, our neighbors, practicing their faith are strong in their convictions, and they will prevail.

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  2. Reblogged this on K. D. Dowdall and commented:
    Please read and remember what has happened to our Jewish friends and neighbors, by hate speech for political gain. We never thought it could happen here…but it has. There is one person responsible for this hate crime. We need to vote him and his hateful followers in congress out of office.

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