Just two days ago, a hate-filled gunman took the lives of 11 Jewish people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The alleged killer, Robert Bowers, screamed, "All Jews must die" and sprayed gunfire at people worshiping Saturday morning in a heinous act which we condemn in the strongest possible terms.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the families of the victims. This horrible crime has devastated a peaceful community and we urge you to remember the families in prayer as well.
+ + Elevating the blame game
The Washington Post, CNN and other Left-leaning media outlets were quick to assert that President Trump should be held responsible for inciting the violence, even though the shooter was anti-Trump. CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota tried to bait Jeffrey Myers, the rabbi at Tree of Life synagogue where the shooting occurred, into blaming someone "beyond the gunman" for the act of violence, offering President Trump as a potential candidate. The rabbi refused to take the bait.
In fact, President Trump vociferously condemned the attacks at a Saturday night rally in Illinois:
This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It’s an assault on humanity. It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst. The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated and cannot be allowed to continue. We can’t allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned everywhere it rears its very ugly head. We must stand with our Jewish brothers and sisters to defeat anti-Semitism and vanquish the forces of hate.
The scourge of anti-Semitism can have no place in American culture. It’s an ugly cancer that must be eliminated. And yet the Democratic Party has been slow to repudiate and condemn the vile anti-Semitism of Louis Farrakhan.
Three Democratic party elder statesmen—Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton—joined Farrakhan on stage during an August funeral for Aretha Franklin.
Just two weeks ago Farrakhan likened Jews to "termites" in a videotaped speech he posted to Twitter. After he posted his vicious anti-Semitic remarks, Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary, called on Democrats to condemn Farrakhan. And so are we . . .
Christians in Defense of Israel is petitioning the Democratic National Committee and Democrat members of Congress to denounce Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan for his hate-filled anti-Semitic remarks.
Your signature on our “Denounce Louis Farrakhan” petition is a crucial statement. Americans of good will must repudiate the gutter words of Mr. Farrakhan and stand with the Jewish people against his vile anti-Semitic remarks.
+ + All too similar anti-Semitic stands
Consider these similarities between Farrakhan and Bowers (the Pittsburgh shooter):
Farrakhan has consistently described the Jewish synagogue as the “Synagogue of Satan.” Bowers wrote, “Jews are the children of Satan.”
Farrakhan has claimed, “the Satanic Jews…control everything and mostly everybody.” Bowers frequently alleged in posts that "Jews control the nation" (including President Trump).
I condemn the horrific actions of Robert Bowers and denounce Farrakhan’s racist statements. I am calling on others, especially those who have supported or stood by Farrakhan, to do the same.
Thank you for joining with us!
Yours for the defense of Israel,
Mat Staver, Chairman
Christians in Defense of Israel.
P.S. We will continue to pray for all the families and friends who lost loved ones in the Pittsburgh massacre perpetrated by a hate-filled, disturbed individual. Christians in Defense of Israel stands against all forms of anti-Semitism. After signing our Denounce Louis Farrakhan petition, please consider a special gift to help in our mission to defend Israel and the Jewish people.