Headline news reading: 11 people have been killed, from a shooting inside ‘the tree of life’ synagogue service in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania…
46-year-old caucasian male, Robert Bowers stormed the scene earlier this morning at 9.45am and yelled: “All Jews must die.” As he opened fire and killed 11 people and 2 people in critical condition. President Trump quotes this is a "wicked act of mass murder" the Federal investigators are labeling this crime as a hate crime. The shooter is in police custody and is being charged with 29 federal crimes. People are in tears and the whole town of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is grieving the loss of loved ones.
The Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish non-governmental organisation that fights anti-Semitism, said: "We believe this is the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States."
Before the shooting took place, Robert Bowers was on social media and expressed his hate towards the Jewish community, and posted this statement: “I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
Clearly, this shooting is targeted towards a group of people, the Jewish people. This sickness me as the shooting went into the synagogue during the religious tradition of the Sabbath (a sacred 24 hours to abstinence from work and day of rest) and opened fired pure evil. Over the past year in America, we have faced 293 mass shootings - 365 days a year, and 293 mass shootings in 2018. What is going on in my country? Again discrimination towards religious groups, and ethnic groups one word: persecution. The Jewish people have been persecuted since God spoke the promise of his people, through the offspring of Abraham in the bible.
The reason why Robert Bowers became so hateful towards the jews is that of a racial dispute, over a non-profit Jewish organization decided to help refugees settle in the surrounding neighborhoods. This crime is terrible to think we aren’t safe anymore, America is now known for all the mass shootings in areas we’d think are safe. My question is have we ever been safe? was the world once a nicer place? I hate to say this but the hate crimes won’t stop, as a Christian I believe the fight isn’t between flesh and blood but against the forces of evil (the devil) and the forces of good (Jesus). The world is filled with suffering, and our suffering should lead to justice and lead us to seek for a higher power, seek for a higher need - Jesus Christ the son of God.
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