When Will It All End?
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends, family and loved ones of Stephen T. Johns, the 39 year old security guard who was senselessly gunned down yesterday at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by 88 year old neo-Nazi James von Brunn. Just another case of right-wing terrorism fomented by the fever-pitch of hate speech vitriol Americans are being bombarded with on talk radio, cable news and the internet. When will it all end?
James von Brunn attacked the museum just days after President Obama gave a stirring speech at Buchenwald, where he was so emotionally moved at seeing the place where thousands of Jews, as well as thousands of political prisoners and Soviet prisoners of war; were detained, tortured and killed. The President caustically rebuked holocaust deniers, and von Brunn took exception.
This tragedy occurred on the heels of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller, who, among his many duties, provided “late term” abortions. Right-wing terrorist Scott Roeder, who shot the doctor in church, had become fanatically consumed with Fox News’ jihad against “Tiller the Baby-Killer”.
And let’s not forget that horrifying day in Pittsburgh back in April, when right-wing Second Amendment zealot and White-Supremacist Richard “Pop” Poplawski opened fire, and ended the lives of Officers Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo and Eric Kelly amid thunderous warnings on talk radio that President Obama was going to strip away the Right to Bear Arms.
Well, I’m sorry, but it’s not just another news story to any of the human beings that mourn the passing of Stephen T. Johns, or Dr. George Tiller, or Officers Stephen Mayhle, Paul Sciullo and Eric Kelly. Please, PLEASE, if we can’t stop the hate, let’s at least dial it back a notch…