The words and tone of Pittsburgh officials, police officers and governor, in response to the Pittsburgh-synagogue shooting, were so emotional, so full of genuine love and sadness. America is Judaeo-Christian.
The anguish is visible on the face of a SWAT team member. The image (by Jared Wickerham for The New York Times) is for the ages. Once upon a time it would have landed on the cover of Life Magazine.
- The day before the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, I told my mom, whose synagogue in Europe is protected by armed soldiers (oh yeah!), that I would not be going to synagogue in the US, where nothing is protected and people still live in la-la land.
- Following this heartbreaking murder of the 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, by gunman Robert Bowers, you’re likely to hear another mantra—people are bound to start regurgitating that “authentic” worship requires complete freedom of access, open spaces and indiscriminate inclusivity. All cardinal lies and illogic. Wake up:
Fortresses are facts of history. … since antiquity, fortification has protected and facilitated civilization. … [worshiping] requires peace of mind. If fortress conditions are a prerequisite for survival—if fortification keeps the barbarians at bay—then the rational mind will find tranquility in security.
Adapted from “The Teachers’ Pets Of Douglas High Can’t Think Straight.”
The American Way: “The first 3 people who took care of murderer #RobertBowers were Jewish. Another nurse, whose father is a rabbi, came in from a mass casualty drill and took care of this gentleman." https://t.co/i9S1DOgQtH #PittsburghSynagogueShooting
— Ilana Mercer (@IlanaMercer) October 30, 2018